Two or three dancers,
One becomes shadow and one becomes light.
Light casts shadow upon the paper and leaves white silhouettes.
Shadow moves, and silhouettes move.
Quietly, slowly, peacefully,
Blue images appear on paper.
Expands, and floats away.
White silhouettes freeze shadow’s traces
By layers, by segments,
As ethereal as feathers.
NEW YORK – Fou Gallery is pleased to announce the immersive performance Tracking the White Shadow and culinary experience on Saturday afternoons during artist Han Qin’s solo exhibition Ethereal Evolution. The events will be a feast of art with creative visual, auditory and gustatory experience.
Tracking the White Shadow poetically translates Han Qin’s inspiration and creative process into dance performance. Han’s experiences as an immigrant to the United States have driven her to continuously ponder the interrelation between herself and the world, and seeking a dynamic stability among the transfer of her identities. She began her interdisciplinary practice with musicians and dancers from the Ethereal Evolution series, during which she juxtaposes ideas about scale, causality, and the tradition of drawing with light and shadow. Han invited dancers to share their stories as immigrants with body movements on the pre-coated Pi paper and expose the process to light to create large cyanotypes on paper. She wanted to focus on sociology impact with art-making in which she would explore her migration experience and emotion.
To show the process of making, Han Qin and curator Hai Liang co-designs Tracking the White Shadow, a series of performances that take place on Saturday afternoons during the exhibition. In the performance, improvisational dancers perform on the precoated paper and exposing their body movement to light. By allowing the action of the light to create silhouettes, blurry white shadows appear on the blue paper. Compared with still artworks, immersive performance is a more dynamic art form that freezes the fourth dimension - time. Performers could also have improvisational creations and respond to the surroundings. In this way, every performance is unique and non-repetitive. The audience will travel through the space as dancers move freely and interact with the paper, and witness the creation of a cyanotype on paper. The performers enter gently, and the audience naturally blends into it. Their parallel and intertwined relationship begins and ends naturally. In the exhibition space, the still and dynamic artworks will jointly constitute the best visual expression of Ethereal Evolution.
The performance is also accompanied by a special culinary experience in collaboration with Junzi Kitchen’s chef Lucas Sin. Sin’s practice focuses on the exploration of the change of seasons and the communication between cultures through food. The three-course menu is inspired by the exhibition and enriches the visitors’ experience of art.
Appetizer: Four Seasons Appetizer Plate (Savory String Beans, Smoked Tofu & Celery, Smashed Cucumber, Spicy Beef Shank)
Main Dish: Homemade Vegetarian Jaja sauce Noodle
Appetizer: Sweet Silken Tofu or Mango Pudding
Drinks: Oolong Tea (no sugar), Lychee Black Tea