Video Works by Nobutaka Aozaki, Irgin Sena, Ka-Man Tse, Ezra Wube, and Yi Yunyi

Video Works by Nobutaka Aozaki, Irgin Sena, Ka-Man Tse, Ezra Wube, and Yi Yunyi

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

· 765 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

Coworker Projects is pleased to present video works by Nobutaka Aozaki, Irgin Sena, Ka-Man Tse, Ezra Wube, and Yi Yunyi on Thursday, October 24th from 7PM to 10PM at Entwine. Nobutaka Aozaki’s The Life in Underground was made in May of 2011, in response to the feeling of displacement that the artist experienced while living in New York during the Tohoku Kanto earthquake and Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. Shot entirely with an iPhone camera, the video transforms an ordinary New York City subway station into a post-apocalyptic subterranean world through a series of subtitles that detail the conditions left by a mysterious cataclysmic event. Irgin Sena’s “more and more i heard you less and less i thought of you” documents the last few minutes of a longer performance for camera, in which the artist recites an expression over and over again. Ten minutes into reciting, speakers began to play the already recorded voice, while he continues to perform the same activity and the microphone kept recording. Another ten minutes into performance the speakers started playing both layers of my recorded voice, while he continued reciting. The process was repeated again and again. Ka-Man Tse’s "Gahp Song" is an ongoing, participatory video project about food, memory, intimacy, trust and play.

Life-long partners, friends, and family are asked to share a meal together on camera. The time of day, meals, couples and cities change, but a certain gesture repeats and permutates as a day progresses from morning until night. At the same moment (2013) by Ezra Wube is a stop action animation. To make this animation the artist painted scenes of my daily commute from memory and photographed them. Each frame was painted on top of the previous one, each scene triggering the following scene. He collected sounds from the places and environments he painted and edited them together with the captured frames to complete the piece. Yi Yunyi’s Knife, Spoon, Fork (2013) is a trialogue between visual artists Leila Tschopp, Samantha Adler de Oliveira and Yi Yunyi, based on Susan Sontag’s essay “In Memory of Their Feelings” written in 1989 for the exhibition catalogue of Dancers on a Plane: Cage, Cunningham, Johns. "Suppose Knife, Spoon and Fork are three people", writes Sontag, "and they get together on a plane (plain). What would they have to say to each other?" Three artists pool together their distinctive languages, nationalities and biographies, and navigate through the physical and temporal space they collectively inhabit. Nobutaka Aozaki is a New York-based artist who was born in Japan. He holds an MFA from Hunter College. His recent exhibitions include “C12 Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition” at Marianne Boesky gallery, New York (2013), “New Wight Biennale 2012”, University of California, Los Angeles (2012), “Welcome To The Real”, TEMP Art Space, New York (2013). He has been awarded the Artist Files grant from A Blade of Grass (2013) and the C12 Emerging Artist Award (2012) from Hunter College, and has participated in the “Artist in the Marketplace (AIM)” program at The Bronx Museum of the Arts (2013). His recent publications include Cabinet magazine (2012).

Irgin Sena was born in Albania and lives and works in New York. He has a MFA from Hunter College. In 2007 he received the ARDHJE Award for Contemporary Art and in 2012 he was awarded the Marian Netter Award. Irgin has participated at Qui Vive, International Moscow Biennial for Young Art and New Insight, Chicago. His work has been shown at Futura-Center For contemporary Art, Prague; Art Chicago; Boots Contemporary Art Space, St. Louis; Vanessa Quang Galerie, Paris; House am Lutzowplatz, Berlin; The National Gallery, Tirana and Badischer-Kunstverein, Karlsruhe. For more information on Irgin Sena please visit www.irginsena.com. Ka-Man Tse is a New York based photographer and video artist. She constructs images that begin from small gestures and moments that then unfold across landscapes, and in public and private spaces. She received an MFA from Yale University in 2009, and a BA from Bard College in 2003. She has exhibited at the Museum of Chinese in America in New York, NY, The Bronx Museum of Arts, Cornell University, Capricious, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Gallery 339 in Philadelphia, and the Eighth Veil in Los Angeles. Recently, she participated in The Bronx Museum of the Arts’ Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program, and was a SPARC Artist-in-Residence through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. She teaches at Parsons the New School of Design, Yale University School of Art, and at the City College of New York. For more information on Ka-Man Tse please visit www.tsewhat.com. Ezra Wube (b. 1980, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia). Ezra moved to the United States at the age of 18 and received his BFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, and an MFA from Hunter College, New York, NY. His works encompassing video, installations, drawing, painting and performance. For more information on Ezra Wube please visitwww.ezrawube.net. Yi Yunyi lives and works in Seoul and New York. She studied in the Studio Art department at Hunter College in New York. She attended at the SOMA Summer Residency program in Mexico City and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Her videos were screened at North Miami MOCA, Vox Populi Gallery, Invisible Dog Art Center, Anthology Film Archive, Dumbo Arts Festival, Cutlog NY, International Streaming Festival and Copenhagen Art Festival, among others.

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