a solo exhibition of new work by Kim Ye at JAUS
December 11, 2015 – January 17, 2016 | by appointment
Opening reception: Friday December 11, 2016 | 6:30-9:30p
Live performance: DOMINATE YOURSELF | Every Sunday
December 13, 2015 | 12-1p
December 20, 2015 | 12-1p
December 27, 2015 | 12-1p
January 3, 2016 | 12-1p
January 10, 2016 | 12-1p
JAUS is very pleased to present SPORTSWOMAN, a solo exhibition by artist Kim Ye. SPORTSWOMAN represents not only Ye’s first time showing with JAUS, but will also be the first individual exhibition at JAUS in nearly 5 years, and only the second since the gallery’s inception. Ye will be exhibiting all new works in sculpture, painting, installation, performance, and video.
Ye’s oeuvre can be seen as reflections and manifestations of how the mind and, integral to this, the body responds to preordained constructs such as behavioral norms, human-made environments, and collective rituals. Acting within and pressing against the pressure towards orthodoxy, Ye’s work describes the latent psychic forces that provoke an individual’s desires to experience the strange, the new, and the unexplored.
For the current project, Ye directs her attention to ideas and objects specifically related to sports and athletic training–locating their analogs in artistic practice and BDSM culture. All rule-based disciplines, they constitute a significant role in the artist’s personal history as competitive athlete, visual artist, and professional dominatrix. In each of these fields, there is the expectation that participants acknowledge and operate by an agreed-upon code, though it is often in transcending or bending this very code that one emerges victorious.
Themes of discipline, mastery, endurance, and power exchange run through the show. Taking into account the gendered experience of the athlete/artist/dominatrix, Ye examines how these delineations within the quest for personal glory informs one’s concept of self and reverberates through interpersonal dynamics. The work questions whether this ritualistic practice/training is in preparation for competition, or if the very notion of competition itself is a collective fiction that facilitates practice.
As a part of SPORTWOMAN, Ye will be performing Dominate Yourself, a participatory group exercise class in experimental physical education at JAUS every Sunday from noon–1pm during the run of the show.