be water, my friend: AAPI Month Group Exhibition
1350 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Saturday, May 11 at 2:00 PM 5:00 PM
Ends Jun 23, 2024
Venice, California, May 11, 2024 — In honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Yiwei Gallery is pleased to present "be water, my friend" a group exhibition featuring four Asian American artists, Daieny Chin, Michael Thế Khôi Trần, Kristen Liu-Wong, and Justin Yoon. The exhibition showcases their works on canvas, collectively speaking to their personal memories of identities that reflect autoethnographic narratives of the Asian diaspora. Originally a quote from Bruce Lee’s philosophy, 'be water, my friend' borrows Lee’s idea of the formless nature of water, which takes the shape of anything it enters. 'You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot,' says Lee. While it is a philosophy about adapting, the exhibition brings out an alternative side of the thinking framework, under which we delineate the containers by reading the shape of water: What makes them make what they made? Four artists present figurative paintings. Each varies from surrealistic and metaphorical approaches, intertwining mythical references, dreamspace, and urban settings.
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