Featured Artist Talks: Ryuta Iwashita
Ryuta will be giving an artist talk about his current painting series and performance piece coming up on January 12. Emphasizing on the perpetual relationship between his visual art and movement practice, he will conduct an interactive movement-based workshop where participants will channel the pathways between visual inspiration and physical sensation. Non-dancers are always welcomed.
The talk will start at 6:00pm sharp.
Please bring clothes you can comfortably move in.
Ryuta's painting/performance project involves racial, ethnic and cultural mysteries and puzzlements over a vast concept of being Asian in the South, inspired by his reoccurring encounters with neighbors saying "Ni hao" (hello in Chinese) to him (a Japanese national).
His interest in unidentifiable disguise of wrinkled faces inter-plays with fluid and spacious recognition of selves, which was inspired by interviews with 12 models of diverse ethnicities, who were selected according to their 12 Chinese zodiac signs.
Hovering between comfort and discomfort, this series of paintings will playfully render the racial and ethnic distinction even more obscure and insignificant.