–The Museum of Art, UNH in collaboration with 3S Artspace presents, Yu-Wen Wu: High-Water Mark. This exhibition will be on view at 3S Artspace, 19 Vaughan Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire beginning April 19 through May 26, 2019. A reception takes place on Friday, April 19, 5:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.
High-Water Mark is a multimedia, regionally specific installation by Boston-based artist Yu-Wen Wu, curated by Kristina Durocher, Director, Museum of Art of the University of New Hampshire. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Wu’s family immigrated to the United States soon after the enactment of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. Her experiences as an immigrant have shaped the themes of her work: examining issues of displacement, movement, assimilation, culture and identity. High-Water Mark focuses on rising sea levels, storm surge flooding, and the projected displacement of people who live in the New Hampshire and Maine sea coast region. The exhibition video and a large-scale wall drawing represent the wanderings of someone new to the region, a visitor surveying the landscape, city, and its surroundings with fresh eyes – Wu is the proverbial migrant, making connections between natural and built environments, cultural systems, and seeing relationships between past and present that will help us navigate an unfamiliar ecosystem and an environment in flux.
While relying on hard data and scientific research practices, Wu’s visualization of data—video, maps, and graphs—is a metaphorical reading of a changing environment, incorporating filmed scenes of the tidal waters of the Piscataqua River, sites along the North and South Mill Ponds, coastal wetlands, and sky, emphasizing the aesthetic experience over narrative characteristics. Viewers will come away with an impression and awareness of the impact of rising sea levels on the Portsmouth region.
Additional programs include an artist talk with Yu-Wen Wu. Wu leads a discussion at the University’s Durham campus about her studio practice and works on display. This will take place on Friday, April 19, 12:10 p.m., Paul Creative Art Center, room A218. This event is free and open to the public.
High-Water Mark was organized by the University of New Hampshire and curated by Kristina Durocher, Director, Museum of Art, supported by the UNH Arts Initiative. The UNH Arts Initiative is a donor-funded project that supports UNH arts programming in New Hampshire, taking the great art created in Durham to all corners of the State. Additional support was provided by 3S Artspace
(b. Taipei,Taiwan) is a visual artist based in Boston.. Wu attended Brown University, received a Bachelor of Science before attending the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She is currently the artist in resident at the Pao Arts Center, Boston, MA. In 2018, Wu was awarded a grant by the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Yaddo Fellowship and in 2017 was the honored recipient of the Brother Thomas Award.
Wu’s work has been exhibited throughout New England and is held in major collections. Working in drawing, video, sculpture and installation she pulls together the natural world and social movement on both a personal and global scale. She approaches her own experiences of immigration and other culturally specific happenings by presenting them as a series of natural occurrences, not dissimilar from the migrating bird, passing cloud or ocean tide. She is dedicated to identifying systems and recreating patterns that sync nature and society - as if to suggest that understanding is accumulated from isolating such rhythms. Visualizations of data - charts, mapping and quantifiable gestures - are the language in which Wu's stories are revealed.
Image credit: (top) Yu-Wen Wu, Where will you go, 20187, video still (detail)
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