Memories and Fetishes, a solo exhibition of artwork by Brendan Lee Satish Tang. The show pairs sculptural work from the artist's Manga Ormolu series with a new series of Joss Paper wall-hangings. Amid a thematic current of hybridity that underlies much of Tang's work, the exhibition invites the viewer to consider the roles of memory and fetish attached to objects, and the irresolution involved in letting them go.
The futuristic update of the Ming vessels in this series recalls 18th century French gilded ormolu, where historic Chinese vessels were transformed into curiosity pieces for aristocrats. But here, robotic prosthetics inspired by anime (Japanese animation) and manga (the beloved comics and picture novels of Japan) subvert elitism with the accessibility of popular culture.
Manga Ormolu enters the dialogue on contemporary culture, technology, and globalization through a fabricated relationship between ceramic tradition (using the form of Chinese Ming dynasty vessels) and techno-Pop Art.