6:30 – For Our Loved Ones by Katsura Okada
7:15 – Shelter for Today by aricoco (Ari Tabei)
8:00 – The Language of Flowers by Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow
“For Our Loved Ones” by Katsura Okada
“Shelter for Today” by aricoco (Ari Tabei)
In this piece, I engage myself in a ritual of of sheltering myself in my robe, wishing for a refuge. There is no place like home? Is our home safe? I have to create my own shell to protect myself. Robing and disrobing my temporary shelter, I struggle to reach for transformation to seek a truth about self against the surrounding nature, exposing both desperation and hope to get through today.
Born and raised in Tokyo, aricoco (Ari Tabei) attended the Post-baccalaureate Program in Studio Art at Brandies University in 2001 and received her MFA from the University of Connecticut in sculpture and video performance art in May 2007. She was awarded the A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship for 2008-2009. She has participated in several artists in residencies including chashama, Vermont Studio Center, LMCC’s Swing Space, Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program, Sculpture Space, Blue Sky Project and Triangle Workshop.
“The Language of Flowers” by Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow
In a performance inspired by Hana Kotoba, the Japanese language of flowers and the Victorian era florigraphy – a soliloquy takes place by the artist using flowers not only to express sentiment but also as a means to unite people from both East and West.
* People are invited to participate and to take flowers at the end of the performance.
Born in Jamaica, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow is a multidisciplinary artist who received a BFA at the New World School of the Arts, Miami in 1996. In 2005 she attained an MFA from Hunter College, New York City. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including Exit Art (NYC), SUNY Old Westbury College (NY), the Queens Museum of Art (NY), and Open Contemporary Art Center in Beijing, China.
Lyn-Kee-Chow uses allegories to navigate issues of the body, desire, and nature while weaving in humor, absurdity, and familiar objects. She lives and works in Queens, New York. http://jodielynkeechow.com