In the essay "The Unexpected Guest: Food and Hospitality in Contemporary Asian Art" by Dr. Francis Maravillas in the book "Contemporary Asian Art and Exhibitions - Connectivities and World-making" edited by Dr. Michelle Antoinette and Dr. Caroline Turner, published by the Australian National University Press, 2014; he wrote "Moreover, given its prosaic association with the everyday within particular cultural contexts, it is perhaps not surprising that food is also often figured as a trope of identity and difference, as evinced by the symbolic use of rice as a national staple, commodity and spiritual offering in Singaporean artist Zai Kuning’s installations and New York-based Malaysian artist Chee Wang Ng’s 吳子雲 photography, and by the gendered coding of Thai artist Pinaree Sanpitak’s multi-flavoured, breast-shaped desserts."
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“108 Global Rice Bowls 壹佰零捌個全球化飯碗” 2008 is chosen by Mark Cameron Boyd in the exhibition Readymade@100 at the American University Museum, Washington, DC celebrating the 100th anniversary of Marcel Duchamp’s readymade concept. A curated collection of the contemporary take on readymades that significantly expand upon Duchamp's originary idea. He wrote in the exhibition catalogue essay with the video still, "The combination of commodity objects, itself a remnants of the Surrealist theory of juxtaposition, can awaken subliminal eanings in the viewer, infusing the objects with reverie, apprehension or humor… Chee Wang Ng 吳子雲 offers 108 Global Rice Bowls in the exhibit’s only video, featuring a harmonic succession of differing white bowls, each heaped with rice and accompanied by a single chime." Michael O'Sullivan in his art review for The Washington Post, "But the funniest, sexiest and smartest show of the bunch is a celebration of the 100-year-old legacy of Marcel Duchamp’s concept of the “readymade.” " A full color catalogue with essay by Mark Cameron Boyd was published and supported by the Wolpoff Family Foundation.
September 6th - October 19th, 2014
American University Museum
Katzen Arts Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016
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Studies from both the "Eaten Your Fill of Rice?" series and the new monochromatic photography series will be shown at the SOMArts Cultural Center in support of Asian American Women Artists Association and Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center "Eating Cultures" exhibition on the exploring of Asian Pacific American food and foodways in the formation of APA identities and cultural space for the United States of Asian American Festival. Curated by lead curator Michelle A. Lee and co-curators Linda Inson Choy and Cynthia Tom with Dr. Margo L. Machida. Catalogue will be available for this exhibition.
May 1st - 30th, 2014
SOMArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 94103