Thursday, May 26, 6:30–9 PM
Free with museum admission ($5 after 5 PM)
Ezawa was a student in Paik’s video class at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in the mid-1990s and was invited as a speaker at Paik’s 85th anniversary party at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2012. Ezawa, Sohn, McGuire, Hengst and Fayez will produce “cover versions” of Paik’s performance work. Directly or indirectly, the work of each of the participating artists connects to the oeuvre of Paik, through associations such as national origin, materiality and subversiveness.
About the ArtistsKota Ezawa often reworks images from popular culture, film and art history by stripping them down to their core elements. His simplified versions remain easily recognizable and potent, illuminating the hold certain images have on their viewers. Working in a range of mediums — such as digital animation, slide projections, light boxes, paper cutouts, collage, print and wood sculptures — Ezawa maintains a keen awareness of how images shape our experience and memory of events.
Arash Fayez is an artist, curator and educator based in San Francisco and Tehran. His work spans multiple mediums, including video, performance and photography, and his practice merges fact with fiction to create multilayered projects informed by displacement. Fayez employs found footage and archival materials to construct narratives that confront sociopolitical issues.
Cliff Hengst is an artist based in San Francisco. His drawings, paintings and performances have been included in numerous group exhibitions and solo shows. Hengst co-edited “Good Times: Bad Trips,” a book dedicated to the phenomena of the bad drug trip, with over 50 contributors including Devendra Banhart, Tony Labat and Chris Johanson. Hengst received his B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Anne McGuire's art takes many forms, including video, performance and painting. She also writes short fiction and poetry. In Snatchers Body the of Invasion, a show at Right Window Gallery, she re-edits a Hollywood film from end to beginning as an examination of recent social upheaval in San Francisco.
Minji Sohn is a Korean artist currently living and working in Oakland. The obsessive, repetitive nature of Sohn's performative work illustrates a need for control and the inherent failure of this effort. A graduate of the M.F.A. program at California College of the Arts, the artist received her B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Sohn’s recent exhibitions include Again, and Again, and Again at Aggregate Space Gallery in Oakland and 1, 2, 3, 4, 5... 100 at Minnesota Street Projects in San Francisco.