April 12 – April 17, 2019
Annie Song, Caleb Y. Tao, Caitlyn Coll, Christopher Dela Cruz, Christopher Williams, Iori Matsushima, Jade Liao, Jason Chow, Emma Zhao, Calvin Moon, Kachely Peters, Kimberly Hoang, Louisa Hsu, Maliha Fazle, Mingda Jia, Nive Sridharan, Romina Saravi, Sabrina Yip, Kenny Liu, Rui Hu, Wei Luo, Xuanheng He, Yemmy Cen Wu & Kristy Chen
This exhibition, Wunderkammer (trans: Room of Wonders), presents a contemporary rendition of a traditional cabinet of curiosities. Originating in 16th century Europe, these cabinets were known historically for their spectacular and unique objects, holding personal idiosyncratic collections that often exhibited the development of taxonomies and its relationship of one species to another. However, there are colonial remains embedded within the act of collecting; there were notions of violent exoticism and the Eurocentric Chain of Being. The collectors prioritized acts of acquisition as a part of political and capital gain. In contrast, this exhibition overturns hierarchies by approaching Wunderkammer as individual artists coming together to create a consensual collective energy.
The artwork exhibited delves into a plethora of juxtapositions that links the interior to exterior, humanity to other species, self to others, and the past to the present. Ranging from drawing and painting to sculpture and multimedia installation, each work provides an in-depth look into the decision-making process and the choices that exist. Amid the complex layers of each narrative, Wunderkammer creates a space for the collective power of connection that can exist in the spaces in-between.
This exhibition is the culmination of the work produced by two senior-level Studio courses, Advanced Studio Practice (VPSD56) instructed by Yael Brotman and Advanced Seminar: Interdisciplinary Practice (VPSD57) instructed by Lee Goreas.