April 20 – May 20, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 28, 2 – 4 PM
While incorporating everyday items and popular commercial products, Joe Bun Keo's sculptural, installation and conceptual works utilizes semantics to bring forth issues of cultural identity and the evolution of language. He's also interested in the relationship between art and work, specifically the correlation between global supply chain management and the art world. ‘Speaking Light’ explores the mysteries of autism and light – in the Artist’s words:
Autism is a spectrum.
Light is a spectrum.
We are all on that spectrum.
Cinema marquees light up the night with the newest films to enjoy.
The challenges of autism play themselves out in an action packed feature.
You have your Oscar winning moments of progress and then you have your empty seat moments of helplessness and frustration.
Light is a revelation, it is a beacon, it is a sign.
These light boxes feature terms, phrases, and soundbites I'm hearing, reading and learning about as a parent to an autistic child.
Let these be educational, but also let them be comforting and reassuring for those living life on the spectrum.
Artist Bio: Joe Bun Keo
Joe Bun Keo received his BFA from the Hartford Art School. He was a candidate for The Mountain School of Arts (2012; Los Angeles, CA), nominated for the Wellesley College Alice C. Cole ’42 Fellowship (2013-2014; Wellesley, MA) and is currently pursuing his MFA. Bun Keo has participated in/ assisted with projects in Germany, United Kingdom, France, and has exhibited all over the United States. Projects include ROLU, rosenlof/lucas, ro/lu and ASDF- (David Horvitz , Mylinh Trieu Nguyen) presents Scattered Light by ASDF for ROLU, Art of This Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2010); Public Access, work featured in As Yet Untitled: Artists and Writers in Collaboration at SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA and Les Recontres d’Arles Photographie, Arles, France (2011); MAIL NOTHING TO THE TATE MODERN, Rhizome at Tate Modern's No Soul for Sale: A Festival of Independents, London, England (2011).; Proposals in conjunction with AT NIGHT THEY LEAVE THEIR CENTURY, Chert Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2013); Drugstore Beetle (Sitodrepa Paniceum) II part of Significant Ordinaries, California State University Long Beach (CSULB) Museum Studies - University Library - Special Collections, Long Beach, California (2013); It Narratives: The Movement of Objects as Information: Mail Art Open Call, Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT (2014); Me Gusta El Sonido , Artspace New Haven, New Haven, CT (2016); Debtfair, a work by Occupy Museums, Whitney Biennial, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, New York (2017)