A short while ago my work was featured in two pop up shows, both in Brooklyn. The first, The Incubator at COLONY Studios curated work from my "How to" video series as part of their HYPERREALISM exhibition. The Incubator was founded last year with the purpose of creating a space where photographers can achieve projects and have a better understanding of the image in current society.
BODY FARM at Paradice Palase also became a reality, where I joined other new media and video artists Yaloo, Frank Yefeng Wang, Jonathan Sims, and James Brehm. You can still catch the online version of the exhibition which also includes Casey Kauffmann and Mark Sabb of Feltzine, and also see photos and images of the the in-person show. Right now the full length, HD version of Beautiful Face is live on their site, and will be available while the online show is up.
Just in case some of you are halfway around the world, you should know that tomorrow my video "Beautiful Face" will be screened at Channels biennial video art festival in Melbourne at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. My work is included in Video Visions, Channels’ flagship screening program exclusive to ACMI. Presented over one night, Video Visions is curated from over 470 submissions from artists across the world. Drawing on contemporary positions in video art, the 2017 program presents 17 artists with disparate observations, critiques and reflections on cultural identity, appropriation, gender and shared experiences.
I'm also very happy to learn that my video How to Make an Eggroll was chosen to be screened at BIDEODROMO International Experimental Film and Video Festival in Bilbao, Spain from September 12-28.
You'll also find some of my images and words from Thinly Worn featured in an upcoming print edition of the Brooklyn College Review. There will be a release party and reading at Berl's Poetry shop in DUMBO on October 1st.
I'm excited to announce that I'll be part of PARADICE PALASE's 2nd group show, Body Farm, scheduled for this August. Please click over to their Kickstarter page to learn more about their innovative gallery model.
Body Farm embraces digital mediums as the catalyst for a secondary truth. How far does decomposition go before you can no longer recognize something? How far can something be warped and still we can identify? This group show features artists using digital means to explore their practices - included in the show are Wang “Frank” Yefeng, Jonathan Sims, Yaloo, Casey Kauffmann, Mark "Digital" Sabb, James Brehm, and Valery Jung Estabrook
PARADICE PALASE is an “artist-first” model dedicated to getting artists paid for their efforts, a curated series of topics for your consideration, an experiment in the strength of community-driven arts.
Thank you to everyone who came out to see my two most recent bodies of work - Hometown Hero (Chink) and Thinly Worn - at SPRING/BREAK Art Show in NYC, curated by the wonderful Debbi Kenote and Til Will of Open House. The reception was incredible, and I'm humbled by the positive feedback and grateful for the meaningful conversations I had with so many people during the run of the show. Open House has a 30-minute interview with me up on their site which explores the themes and background of these two installations.
“Hometown Hero (Chink) presents a rarely depicted view into the tensions inherent in being Asian American within the American South and I found that electrifying. Art is most compelling when it gives voice to new stories. Making this all the more special, art fairs, which tend to be more akin to a really expensive street fair than a museum experience, don’t often have room for works like Estabrook. Thus, the work’s very existence makes SPRING/BREAK a welcome outlier in the expanse of Armory week.” - Emily Colucci
"If human personalities are a collection of characters we play in different situations, Korean-American artist Valery Jung Estabrook is done with 'acting the part.' In a video artwork called Thinly Worn, she escapes the roles institutions in her life expect from her by performing exaggerated versions of herself through therapeutic use of Korean tal masks." - Beckett Mufson
"Hometown Hero (Chink), a three-part installation by Valery Jung Estabrook, is dominated by a recliner in the center of the room, upholstered with the pattern of a Confederate flag. “I wanted to make an uncomfortable space with comfortable materials,” Jung Estabrook says, as a way of speaking to the “state of psychological exile” common to immigrants who’ve found home in the American south." - Will Fenstermaker
“Southern comfort is anything but comfortable in Valery Jung Estabrook’s Hometown Hero (Chink), a full-scale living room replete with a working TV, displaying the artist’s video work. ”Valery is from the South, so there’s definitely a critique of Southern culture, but she’s also Korean-American,’ said co-curator Debbi Kenote of the piece, which attempts to reconcile this dual identity. The soft upholstered surfaces of the work belie the deep-seated, destructive force of racism associated with the Confederate flag, which boldly decorates the room’s cushy reclining chair.” - Sarah Cascone