Treeeeeeeeeeee, an art exhibition co-presented by Foster Eastman and Mini C
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
1442 West Pender Street
“Treeeeeeeeeeee”, an art exhibition co-presented by Foster Eastman and Mini C
Featuring works by Mini C, Jerry DesVoignes, Foster Eastman, M.L.A.K.F., Sandra Semchuk, and Wing Shya. Curated by Mini Choi #HAJIGALLERISTS
Exhibition Opening: June 12, 2015 (Friday) 7:00 – 9:00pm
Exhibition Period: June 12 – 20, 2015
Gallery Address: Foster Eastman Gallery, 1442 West Pender Street, Downtown Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Treeeeeeeeeeee, the title of this multi-media group exhibition has a very long vowel length. It may represent the deep sub-harmonic or high overtone sounds that are exhibited in throat singing. Treeeeeeeeeeee could express resonance and reciprocity with the natural world. The art that is created directly or subconsciously by sound waves is reverberating amongst us, affecting consciousness. The length and form of the resonances affect the pitch of the art as well as the quality of the tones.
In the Treeeeeeeeeeee exhibition, the six artists, Mini C, Jerry DesVoignes, Foster Eastman, M.L.A.K.F., Sandra Semchuk, and Wing Shya are brought together to explore the cross-platform relationship between music, 3D images, voice, sound, projection, photography, craft, painting, and print. The exhibition traces correlations between the works of the participating artists.
Sandra Semchuk incorporates photography, lenticular imagery, video including 3D technologies, vocables and overtone singing to converse across constructed boundaries. She is known for her collaborations that disrupt myths that historically have shaped settler relations to First Nations. Semchuk taught both Wing Shya and Michael Lee at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
From fashion editorials to artistic portraits, Wing Shya’s works could be seen around the world, such as +81 (Japan), Esquire (Hong Kong, China), i-D (UK), New York Times (US), Esquire (Hong Kong, China), Vanity Fair (Italy), and Vogue (China, France, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Taiwan, Turkey). He has been the exclusive photographer and graphic designer of Wong Kar Wai’s film. His first feature film “Hot Summer Days” has been a blockbuster in Asia.
Michael Lee a.k.a. michaelmichaelmichael is a cross-media artist. Michael is the co-founder of #HAJIGALLERISTS, who co-curated more than 50 art exhibitions worldwide, and independent media establishment – PRESS MINI. In Hong Kong, Michael worked in mainstream media and his showed his works in Japan, United Kingdom, United States, Italy, France, Macau, Taiwan, China, Canada, and Hong Kong. Michael Lee participates with his partner, Mini C, in the duo group of M.L.A.K.F.
Mini C is a multi-media artist, lyricist, author, performer, producer, painter, photographer, videographer, publisher, columnist, radio and television anchor, and gallerist whose creative practices are rich in aural, visual and cultural gradations. Her iconic works are widely presented in exhibitions, galleries, concerts, mainstream and independent media platforms. Jerry DesVoignes is a singer and composer who has an extensive background in sacred song, ancient singing styles and contemporary music. His fascination with photography is in response to flora and fauna in the urban center. He is also Semchuk’s throat singing teacher.
Working with the instructions of Xwa-lack-tun, Rick Harry (Coast Salish, Kwakiutl), Foster Eastman is directing a team of Veterans to create a tribute pole carved from caskets, for the project that is designed to bring awareness to the challenges facing Veterans returning from Afghanistan.
All six artists are inter-related, their works are in dialogue with each other. The exhibit creates a physical and symbolic connection with Treeeeeeeeeeee, molding the landscape of our multi-dimensional minds.