Programme ➔ Artist Residencies ➔ First Step (2004-2014)
Project ➔ Professional Artist Development (PAD) Scheme (2005-2008)
2006 Aug 09 (is beginning date)
2006 Nov 14 (has end date)
First Step show case exhibition by artist Kai-Oi Jay Yung. This was the first showcase exhibition supported by the Professional Artist Development scheme (PAD).
The artist's cross-disciplinary practice confronted the spectator with playful and scatological reassessment of their own identity as a British born person of East Asian heritage. The artist's works were manifestations of an obsession with their “blob” aesthetic; "a congealing of all matter into the order-chaos of life itself".
The exhibition presented works from the artist's Doodles series, where they presented "a Surreal automatism that connect all aspects of the universe on one plane". The works were created from images from "Chinese newspapers, lottery tickets, quotes from Buddha to Beckham, exchanges overheard on bus journeys and food wrappers" which were built up on recycled envelopes or wall length paper rolled on the ground. The artist then applied biro, acrylic, crayon and neon pencil to render the objects and figures, with text to hint at plot direction. The works featured abstract shapes which expressed "the politics of subconscious scatological" and the "simplicity of the doodle and its message that exudes a fixating beauty".