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U Can't Touch Dis: The New Asian Art
curated by Eric C. Shiner

Sep 06, 2007-Oct 13, 2007

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Opening Reception: Thursday, September 6th 6-8pm


Laura, Return to Oz, 2006

Digital C-Print, 30 x 80 inches

Hiroshi Mori


ZONE: Chelsea Center for the Arts is proud to present U Can뭪 Touch Dis: The New Asian Art. Presenting the work of 18 young artists, many showing in New York for the first time, U Can뭪 Touch Dis introduces a cacophony of voices, images, sounds and sites that transform the traditional aesthetic tropes of Asian art into a new visual language based on global currents in new wave music, fashion, aesthetics and pop culture. These artists, from across Asia and the Asian diaspora in the West, create the 밡ew Asian Art, a philosophical nexus of production that is changing the face of Asia and indeed the world. From Satanicpornocultshop뭩 hybrid mix of pop, experimental and death metal music to Saya Woolfalk뭩 entryway soft sculpture and video installations that revolve around scarily cute depictions of life and death, the New Asian Artists included in the exhibition break the rules of race, class and gender normativity, creating dynamic works that are smart, troubling, beautiful and eclectic in equal measure.  Many of the artists in the exhibition throw the idea of Asia into the trash bin, instead identifying themselves as part of a truly global flow of information, identities and positions.  Some have punk rock sensibilities, whereas others are old-school academics with a penchant for releasing the oft talked about 뱋ther; no matter their stance, they make art that screams out in rebellion, whether subtle in nature or too hot to touch.


The exhibition includes works ranging from painting (Lisha Bai, Yun Bai, Toby Barnes, Min Kim, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Ramya Ravisankar and Yoskay Yamamoto) to sculpture (Susan Lee-Chun, Brendan Fernandes and Saya Woolfalk), as well as photography (Young Chung, Tomoaki Hata, Hiroshi Mori, Shen Wei, O Zhang), conceptual design (Goil Amornvivat), fashion (Angel Chang) and music (Satanicpornocultshop). 


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