Thursday, March 19th – Friday, April 17th, 2020
Rich Points: Nicholas Oh Solo Exhibition
Nicholas Oh debuts his New York solo show, “Rich Points,” where he weaves disciplines to deconstruct the hyphen in Asian-American into a unifier rather than a divide. In labyrinthic structures of ceramic, metal, wood, and LED, Oh creates three contextual installations for each part of this word.
Asian. Hyphen. American.
“Moon Roller” cradles Korean moon jars in a delicate balance of machine-rendered parts, stopping along junctures and flowing across pathways as if across the European trade route. He extends ownership through his use of 3D printing to digitally reclaim Korean-created and European-collected moon jars. A moon jar travels from Korea to Japan to England – to the US, in its latest form. “Dave Kim’s Studio” offers a peek into Oh’s Instagram persona, a character that fits neatly in borders of traditional Asian cultural expectation. LED lights and cloth show an intricate relationship with language and consumerism.
In anthropology, “rich points” are verbal and non-verbal cultural intersections in experience that cannot be neatly translated from one language to another. Oh’s stories speak of languages and arts turned richly divergent in the digitally global age. Oh cleverly questions the perception that an artist’s work should fit neatly within ethnic borders by presenting a dual identity with a spectrum of definitions.
Oh represents an emerging wave of first and second-generation Asian artists living in the USA who reconcile transnational identity with an empowered position living as residents of the “land of the free”. While older generations sought the American Dream, their children are now faced with an American reality…that they belong neither here nor there, by perception of the status quo.
In a post-colonial country where repressive immigration practices show as a lack of color in art
representation, artists are now facing this challenge head on.
Oh graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with his MFA in 2018. He has done residencies at Pioneer Works, New York, Shigaraki Cultural Park, Japan and Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Colorado. He has shown at Spring/Break Art Show in New York, Mills College Art Museum in California, Milwaukee Art Institute in Wisconsin, American Museum of Ceramic Art and Pence Gallery in California. This will be his first solo exhibition, curated by Sadaf Padder of the LIC Arts Open.
This show is curated by Sadaf Padder, lead curator of the Gallery LIC and diversity coordinator for LIC Arts Open.
The Galleries at The Factory LIC are operated and curated by LIC Arts Open and the spaces are provided courtesy of Atlas Capital Group. Many thanks to Jay Fehskens, Evan McKelvey and Jonathan Mehr for their support.
Gallery Director/Executive Director @ LIC Arts Open
Gallery Contact: Richard Mazda
Curator @ LIC Arts Open
Contact: Sadaf Padder
Contact: Rich Points
Map & Location
Gallery One at The Factory LIC
Address: 30-30 47th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101
Location: With quick and easy access to Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, the building is situated amidst the best of New York business, culture, and leisure. The Factory is at the epicenter of what is quickly becoming New York’s most exciting neighborhood.
Note: The Galleries at The Factory LIC are operated and curated by LIC Arts Open throughout the year and the spaces are provided courtesy of Atlas Capital Group.
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