Art Exhibit Series

Ali Van "Residues"

In 2010, the Yale-China Association presented the exhibit "Residues: Recent works by Ali Van." The exhibit marked the first U.S.-based solo show for Ms. Van, a New York artist who graduated from Yale in 2008. An opening night reception was held on April 22, 2010 from 5:00 to 7:00PM. The exhibit ran through June 6th 2010.

Ali Van works with compulsive contemplative interests, delving into performative processes with histories and residues of time and space recorded through action and reenactment. Her work is mediated by food, dirt and dust as well as the body. Ms. Van is interested in the internal rapture of a beaten beauty; one made of forgotten movement, dispensed foodstuffs, and one that explores the possibility of a unique aesthetic taste and tendency. Her work engages with formal ambiguities and the perplexities between experience and product. She explores the simultaneous boundaries between experienced, resolved and purposive conflict. A portion of her artist’s statement reads:

Ali Van

Actions and reenactments,
As haptic extensions of beauty and non-beauty.
Blemished cognitive structures,
Binding residues of natural and artificial happenings.
Cosmetic aestheticizations,
Confronting diluted compulsions of umbilical exploration.

»Please click here to visit Ali Van's website.

Ali Van was born in New York and grew up in Hong Kong before returning to the US to study at Yale. She now lives and works in New York City. Alongside her artistic practice, Ms. Van works for the Asia Art Archive in America (AAA-A), the first overseas mini-hub of Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong. AAA-A seeks to collect, preserve and make information on contemporary art from and of Asia easily accessible, to facilitate research and understanding, and to instigate dialogue and critical thinking through a regular initiation of educational programs.

Residues marked the inauguration of a series of exhibits Yale-China hosted at its offices on 442 Temple Street.

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