Mid June 2018
I'm very happy to share that I've been selected as the winner of the Gold Award for AHL-T&W Foundation Contemporary Visual Art Awards. The jurors for this year's prizes were Keith Schweitzer, Michelle Yun, and Midori Yoshimoto.
I am deeply grateful for this award and humbled to be recognized alongside the other award recipients, Hyunjung Rhee and You Myung Gyun. I will be attending the AHL annual gala in New York City later this year and participating in a group exhibition in November
Thank you to the jurors and AHL Foundation!
At the start of this week, my Kickstarter campaign for my new series, the ImpeachMint Project, was featured on Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow!
And to make things even better, we're only halfway through our funding period but have already reached our funding goal. Thank you to everyone who pledged and helped spread the word!
If you would like to get your own "Collusion Coin" there's still plenty of time. Just head on over to my Kickstarter page to pledge and claim yours. All funding that comes in above and beyond our goal will go towards costs associated with creating the next coin in the series.
Summer 2018 Shows
212 Norman Ave, Brooklyn
May 11 - June 17
Sat & Sundays 1-6pm
Auxiliary Projects is pleased to present Hand Held, a solo exhibition by Valery Jung Estabrook, on view from May 11 – June 17, 2018.
Hand Held delves into the experiences of grief, loss, memory, and healing. Painted in pastel hues, the gallery echos a retail skincare boutique — in the real world, a place where immaculate professionals proffer small objects and remedies promising self-care and healing. In Estabrook’s installation, a pristine “beauty bar” counter signifies another kind of aid that aesthetics and science can offer. In works such as “Refresh and Reset” and “Night Mask”, Estabrook displays candy-colored, palm-sized sculptures in the shape of makeup compacts in department store vitrines. When held in a viewer’s bare hand, videos spontaneously play inside the silicone sculptures, each miniature screen presenting imagery mined from Estabrook’s memories following her father’s death last year. When Estabrook returned to her home in Taos afterwards, she was inspired by the natural beauty of the Southwest, its abundant life and dramatic skies, to focus her creativity on her emotional restoration. This exhibition is the result of that process.
Displaying artifacts of pain and relief in a retail setting, Estabrook’s installation also reminds us what the word ‘consume’ means outside of it: when we are consumed by grief, we soothe ourselves however we can, covering the lacerating sand grains with pearl.
Estabrook’s single-channel videos play on the surrounding gallery walls, each featuring hands continuously reaching out toward the viewer. In “My Hands are Medicine,” Estabrook’s mother’s voice repeats the title phrase in Korean, “Nae soni yakseonida,” something she would often say to comfort the artist when she was feeling unwell.
The sense of touch is a central theme in Hand Held, even when no touching occurs. The use of electronics in the gallery — emotional connections over a distance, triggered by touch — bring this concept to full flower. This touch without contact refers to the loss of the physical body in death while also providing consolation to viewers for whatever personal pain they may be feeling. Instead of art’s general inclination to offer questions, this exhibition presents potential solutions. Heaven knows we are all in need of a comforting gesture.
Read more about the work at Auxiliary Projects' website
Thinly Worn at CURRENTS NEW MEDIA FESTIVAL
Santa Fe, NM
Opening weekend June 8-10
El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe
555 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe, NM
full dates June 8 - 24
This June I'll be exhibiting additional mask works from Thinly Worn for Currents New Media Festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Currents is a huge annual, citywide new media art event. The Festival brings together the work of established and emerging New Media artists, from New Mexico, the US and the World, for events showcasing interactive and non-interactive installations, multimedia performances, VR and AR environments, single channel video, animation, experimental documentary, web based/app art forms, robotics and 3D printing.
There will be events throughout the entire opening weekend, plus many more performances, talks, and presentations throughout the month. So much in fact, that there's too much for me to list here - Check out the full calendar.
And if you're thinking of visiting Currents and Santa Fe give me a shout!
Morir Soñando at the Knockdown Center
Friday, June 22nd 6-9pm
52-19 Flushing Ave, Maspeth, NY
full dates June 22 – August 19
Knockdown Center is pleased to present Morir Soñando, a multimedia group exhibition on view June 22 – August 19, 2018. Artists Penn Eastburn, Valery Estabrook, Hein Koh, Kristianne Molina, Onel Naar, Esther Ruiz, Cristina Tufiño, and Woolpunk engage with softness and vulnerability in their work addressing contemporary social and political issues. Curated by Alex Santana.
The exhibition’s title, Morir Soñando, is borrowed from the popular Dominican beverage made of orange juice and milk. When combined with the acidity in the juice, and if not made at the proper temperature or mixed with a particular rhythm, the milk has the potential to curdle. A careful, soft choreography is necessary to infuse two unlikely ingredients in delicious harmony.
The delicate process of making morir soñando, and its resistance to easy preparation and consumption parallels the artists’ use of materials. Working acrosspainting, sculpture, textiles, and video, each artist approaches difficult subject matter such as racial tensions, gender-based violence, neocolonial trauma, and environmental concerns, but do so in subtle, soft ways, employing care and attention to their engagement with materials. Together, the works included articulate the potential of vulnerability as a tool for liberation.
Twinkies, Wasps, and Avatars
Single Channel: Video Art Festival
Sunday May 13th, Doors 2pm, Screening 2:30pm
At Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
Free and open to the public
My video Twinkies, Wasps, and Avatars will be screening as part of NURTUREart's Single Channel Video Art Festival! There are two programs (May 12th and 13th, both 2pm) and my work will be included in the Sunday, May 13th program. Both are FREE to attend (yay!).
Each 60 minute screening will be followed by a conversation with participating artists.
Single Channel 2018 is a video art and short film festival that will screen the work of 19 artists. The festival, with a focus on emerging and under-represented artists, provides the context for single channel video work and short film to be screened outside of exhibition spaces in a more suitable context. NURTUREart’s Single Channel offers uninterrupted and undisturbed viewing and listening experiences to come to full fruition—acknowledging the exceptionality of video art and short film by presenting them on a large screen. Participants are selected through a free open call.
Saturday, May 12 Program
featuring works by Rob Carter, Fiona Cashell, Michael Hanna, Franck Lesbros, Dana Levy, Cole Lu, Jeremy Olson, Mauricio Saenz, Jan Staller, Ezra Wube
Sunday, May 13 Program
featuring works by Collin Bradford, Valery Jung Estabrook, Autumn Knight and Chelsea Knight, Katy McCarthy, Mores McWreath, Joiri Minaya, Bárbara Oettinger, Rachel Rampleman, Hidemi Takagi
Curated by Vanessa Albury, Ivan Gilbert, and William Penrose.
Cardinal Planes at Gallery Korea
Korean Cultural Center New York
460 Park Ave, 6th Floor, NYC
May 16 - July 7
A few of my works from Thinly Worn will be exhibited in Cardinal Planes, a group show at the Gallery Korea. In this exhibition “cardinal planes” are used for psychological self-examination as humans living in the contemporary world. In today’s society, individuals are no longer categorized or limited to certain roles. If there were any limitations in actions that we could take in the past, no longer are we restricted today. With the infinite potential of the cardinal planes, innumerable postures, stances, and directions can be made via the coordinates. Though the chances of inner conflict or even confusion may rise, we have gained more freedom now than ever in choosing who we would like to be.
Other exhibiting artists include Tae Eun Ahn, Alexis Avlamis, Namwon Choi, Alice Gaskon, Jisook Kim, June Kim, Christina Massey, Sidhi Rajesh Parikh, Avani Patel, Goeun Seo, Ritu Sinha, and Kazaan Viveiros.
My immersive installation Hometown Hero (Chink) will be on view until April 28th at Collar Works Gallery in Troy, NY as part of a group show, Transactional Days curated by Justin Baker. Performing + exhibiting artists include: Ed Atkeson, Lionel Cruet, Valery Jung Estabrook, Rachel Frank, Hana van der Kolk and Jack Magai.
The 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, has been described as a transactional president; a man who can produce results. However a transaction is more than an end result or an exchange of commerce. More generally, a transaction is a communicative action or activity involving two parties or things that reciprocally affect or influence each other.
In this hyper-political, partisan, media saturated environment we currently live in, artists are tasked ever further with the choice of looking inward or outward. While the public voice is one of dissent, the private voice may be discordant, which in some ways is more confounding. The artists in Transactional Daysnegotiate this balance of the public and private by inviting the viewer to engage with them through theatre, performance and installation.
Though navigating these two streams is the job of the artist, ultimately these works rely on the viewer to determine the net outcome. Transactional Days wishes to look at the various ways that we as a society are currently communicating and influencing one another. The artists invite the viewer to intensively engage with them and the questions they are asking.
Thank you to everyone who came out to support the work of Argus Paul Estabrook at his solo show GYOPO at SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2018! It was an amazing week filled with meeting new people, seeing old friends, and of course spending quality art time with my older brother Argus. I'm happy to share that our room was deemed a highlight of the show by Pat Rogers of Hamptons Art Hub. She writes, "[Argus Paul] Estabrook's emphasis on portraying people and their emotions rise to the forefront and stays there... Estabrook's work presents the intensive of being human."
February - March 2018
This spring is shaping up to be very busy!
I have new work in a group show at Paradice Palase in Brooklyn, New York. It Just Sort Of Happens One Day will open on Friday February 24th. PARADICE PALASE is a curatorial project powered by crowdfunding. Please consider making a contribution - those who donate can choose a gift from a selection of artwork by the participating artists (and more). It's a great way to support this artist-centric gallery while also scoring some affordable art.You haven't yet made a donation, please consider doing so here - in return you can choose from affordable art by the participating artists (including me :) ). Whether or not you are able to donate, come out to the opening and show us some love <3
In mid March I will be showing my installation Hometown Hero (Chink) at Collar Works Gallery in Troy New York. The show is set to open the third week of March, more details to follow here soon.
And finally, plan to see SPRING/BREAK Art Show in New York! Details are above on how to get a ticket.
The summer is shaping up to be busy too, but I'll wait to announce more here in a few weeks. Thanks everyone for all the support and interest!!
One Year of Resistance
My work Miss America will be included in One Year of Resistance at The Untitled Space in Tribeca, New York. The show includes more than 80 artists and is curated by Indira Cesarine. The show will be on view until February 4th. Thank you to Widewalls and Quiet Lunch for featuring my work!
It Just Sort of Happens One Day
Two new works of mine will be included in an upcoming show by Paradice Palase in Brooklyn, NY alongside works by Nick Alciati, David Nelson, Tiffany Smith, Estefania Velez, and Eleni Zaharopoulos.
It Just Sort of Happens One Day expands the adage of "feeling like a stranger in your own home" - what does home mean to each of us; can we ever experience it the same as in our youth; does it ever truly exist how we believe it to be?
Some very exciting things have happened this fall/winter that I'm happy to share. I was recently interviewed by Kevin West (author of Saving the Season) for the December "Art Issue" of Surface Magazine. Two of my paintings from my 2013 painting series "Food Porn" are featured. You can read the full article here.
My video Beautiful Face was screened at the 2017 LA Underground Film Forum in November. Thank you to everyone who came out to support this growing community of experimental film and video artists.
Right now I have a few pieces from my installation "Hometown Hero (Chink)" on view at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center for their annual juried exhibition, Subversive | Domestic. This exhibit is an exploration of modern textiles, featuring works by artists working in the medium in unexpected ways. It will be on view to the public until January 20, 2018.
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