Making It Home: Three Contemporary Asian Artists

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November 9 – December 14, 2002

Curated by Miwako Tezuka and Shin-Yi Yang

Artists: Michael Lin, Hisayasu Takashio, C. J. Yeh

What does “home” mean to us? Is it a place of intimacy? Is it a meditative space set aside from the hustle-bustle of everyday life? Or is it a nostalgic origin from which we all depart?

The Ise Cultural Foundation proudly presents “Making It Home”, an exhibition that focuses on the theme of “home”, the impact of migration, and the resulting feelings of dislocation and relocation. Through the work of three Asian artists: Michael Lin, C. J. Yeh, and Hisayasu Takashio, the exhibition shows how this notion of “home” remains an elusive, yet inspirational source for the themes of exile, the boundary-crossing, and community.

Michael Lin was born in Japan, raised in Taiwan, and has lived in the United States. Currently, he spends his time mostly in Europe. His biography exemplifies a multi-cultural life of the contemporary artist, and he forms his view of “home” as a heterogeneous mixture of cultures. Lin fabricates a platform using decorative elements of multiple origins and invites us to rest upon his work. His installation becomes a temporary place for communal gathering.

Taiwanese artist C. J. Yeh has been based in the United States since 1993. He meticulously paints 162 wooden blocks and hinges them together to make them adjustable to their surroundings. Playful and inviting, the work resembles a child’s toy, but we are denied of access. This contradiction reflects Yeh’s continuing experience of alienation in America, and his artistic practice serves as a means to locate his “home” in cultural flux.

Hisayasu Takashio is a Japanese artist who came to America in 1991. He paints images that are vaguely identifiable as panoramic views of the ocean or of barren lands.  His work suggests the blurring of internal and external territories where psychological landscapes have no cultural certainty. A characteristic trace of his work is intensely textured painting surfaces. Takashio simulates the act of a toddler identifying its “home” for the first time through physical attachment to a space.

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