Breaking the 4th Wall -Hors Cadrage-

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February 04 – March 19, 2005

Curated by Alexandra Chang
Artists: ON/Megumi Akiyoshi, Joonhyun Kim, Shin-il Kim, Stephan Knuesel & Orrawadee Momo Vilaitanarak, Thuan Vu


Opening Reception: Friday, February 4, 2005, 6-8pm
Curator’s Talk with guest Herb Tam: Friday, February 18, 2005, 6-8pm

ISE CULTURAL FOUNDATION is pleased to present the exhibition, Breaking the 4th Wall: Hors Cadrage. The exhibition explores the idea of the artificially created border, whether it be a frame in an artist¡Çs work or other socio-politically and culturally created borders created in the mind.

Hors cadre is a term used in French cinema that commonly translates to ¡Èoff screen¡É in English. However, its literal translation can be deemed as ¡Èbeyond the frame.¡É The works of artists ON/Megumi Akiyoshi, Joonhyun Kim, Shin-il Kim, Stephan Knuesel & Orrawadee Momo Vilaitanarak and Thuan Vu play with the notion of that which is beyond the frame, cutting across the traditional notion of the 4th wall in cinema and theatre, where viewer and object are in strict separation. Instead, the artists call on the viewer to interact, to imagine what may lay beyond traditionally conceived ideas of the art object as finite subject .

Like the translation of the term ¡Èhors cadrage,¡É or beyond centering or framing, their works are not able to be translated with exactitude. Instead, they are within and without a space that contain no borders except those which are imposed by the mind, thus breaking the 4th wall, and allowing for the imagination to reside in perpetual creation and potentiality.

About the curator:
Alexandra Chang is a co-founder of the artist collective dream so much, independent curator and cultural critic. She is also the features editor at amNewYork and has served as the managing editor at ART AsiaPacific magazine. She has written several catalogue essays and is currently completing a film on Asian American Art.

This exhibition is part of the ISE Cultural Foundation¡Çs Program for Emerging Curators, Please contact Ise Cultural Foundation Gallery for further information.
The Exhibition is sponsored in part by Altoids, amNewYork, Asian American Arts Alliance and Ecco Domani.

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