February 25, 3pm
On Saturday, February 25, Canal Projects will be hosting a reenactment of Seung-taek Lee’s acclaimed 1971 performance Wind-Folk Amusement. First enacted on Nanji Island on the Han River in Seoul, this NYC iteration will be led by the collaborative duo, Korean-American artists: A young Yu and Nicholas Oh in partnership with Hudson River Park.
Titled Wind-Folk Amusement, this performance is one of many large-scale outdoor works through which Seung-taek Lee gave form to the transient elements of nature. The intention of the performance is to present a new mode of artistic existence by giving discernable form to invisible air. Through the wavering of long strands of red fabric, Yu, Oh and additional collaborators including Mudang Jenn, Luyan Li, Jenny Suh and Megumi Yamada, will orchestrate a choreography that reveals natural and spiritual phenomena.
A young Yu & Nicholas Oh are a collaborative duo based in New York.
A young Yu (b. 1990) Through performance-based film, I reimagine precolonial Korean folk and spiritual practices to reflect contemporary diasporic perspectives. Passed on generationally, these practices connect me to my family and to a land whose absence I feel palpably. However, I am not faithful to historical canon. My work aims to transgress older traditions, regenerating them within new contexts. My films document performances which distill movements from ancestral rituals that evoke care, intimacy, and the sublime; from this, I develop new choreographies that embody personal and communal experiences. In the past, I have performed funerary rites and created adaptations of folk dance at disfigured wartime buildings and abandoned rice fields in the Korean Demilitarized Zone; buried moon-jar shaped urns at American national parks in the midst of the 2020 lockdown; dwelled, watered and unearthed my body en tandem beneath ancient swamps. Performances activate spaces ranging from personal shrines to historical sites of ongoing geopolitical conflict through gestures that meditate on belonging, sexuality, trauma, and migration.
Yu received her MFA from Columbia University. She has exhibited at venues including: Cantor Art Center, Museum of Art and Design, Christie’s Inc., Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Time Square Space, Jewish Museum. She was also awarded the Artist In the Market (AIM) Fellowship by the Bronx Museum of Arts, the Individual Artist Fellowship by the MidAtlantic Foundation of Arts, and Gold Prize by the AHL Foundation.
Nicholas Oh (b. 1985) Taking inspiration from art history, mythology, punk rock and science fiction, my paintings create eerie psychological spaces through a complex and personal formal language that is situated between figuration and abstraction. Incremental and anxious marks create optical confusion through figure/ground shifts and interlocking forms. The tense and fragmented compositions of the paintings are direct metaphors of our twenty-first century’s hyper-stimulated daily life of interconnecting media. My goal is to create paintings that simultaneously have material presence and believable pictorial space full of a certain sinister humor, exuberance and simplification of form.
Oh received his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. He has exhibited at venues including: RISD Museum, Smithsonian, Cantor Art Center, Museum of Art and Design, Christie’s Inc., Spring/Break Art Show. He has also participated in artist residencies including: Pioneer Works, Anderson Ranch, Sculpture Space, Dongguk University, and is currently teaching at Brooklyn College and Rhode Island School of Design.
Mudang Jenn (Jennifer Kim, 신수 보살) is an internationally known and respected teaching artist, practicing mudang, and consultant on Muism— Korea’s ancient and enduring indigenous religion. Her community-based praxis has been featured in The Huffington Post, Popdust, and elsewhere. Currently, she’s co-developing a new off-campus study course on Muism in Art and Culture for St. Olaf College.
Luyan Li is a NYC based artist from Beijing, graduated with a BFA dance degree from Ohio State University in 2017. She has very diverse dance lineages, yet her focus of movement is led by simple and non stereotypical beautiful elements in daily life, spirituality, nature, self reflection and empathy. She strives to explore the healing power in her, in any form, so that she can heal herself and others.
Jenny Suh (she/her) is a South Korean artist now residing in NYC. She is an E-29 FDNY certified fire performer, choreographer, and dancer with over eight years of experience performing at music festivals, large-scale parties, fashion shows, and private events. Her work today centers around experimental dance forms with the mixed element of fire.
Megumi Yamada was born in Kyoto, Japan. She is an aerialist, stilt-walker, fire performer and dancer based in NYC with over 15 years of experience onstage in theater, festival, dance, and circus. In her adult years, Megumi began training in yoga and belly dance. Having had training and work in both modern dance and budo (Japanese martial arts), in 2011, she stepped into the circus industry. In 2013 she won first prize in the Amateur Silks Division at Premier International Aerial Tournament in Hong Kong, and in 2015 she was selected as a finalist in the Silks Division of the U.S. Aerial Championships in New York City. Megumi has performed at a variety of events for high-profile clients such as: Macy’s entertainment, 50 Cent, New York International Fringe Festival, King Richard’s Faire in New England, and at many masquerade balls, large-scale parties, outdoor festivals, and theater show.
Hudson River Park Trust is a unique partnership between New York State and New York City charged with building and operating Hudson River Park between approximately Chambers Street and West 59th Street along Manhattan’s west side. This free, urban recreational oasis is home to award-winning skate parks, playgrounds, sports fields, gardens and nature exhibits, boating and maritime activities, art installations, and myriad year-round events that celebrate the diverse cultures and neighborhoods along its shores. The Park, which has transformed four miles of decaying piers and parking lots into a premier New York City destination for local residents and visitors alike, plays a critical role in protecting the Hudson River ecosystem. For more information, please visit www.hudsonriverpark.org.
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