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Fay Ku
Brooklyn, NY
Website: www.fayku.com
Neighborhood: Gowanus



ARTIST STATEMENT: As an immigrant, woman, and person of color, I have tackled otherness in my work for years. In my most recent work, difference is implied and it is the dominant culture’s iconography being reconstituted into quasi-religious tableaux to resemble classical Western paintings in form but with unfamiliar content. Looking at art historical tropes as well as found images from social media, I have been drawing and painting these disparate elements on Mylar, sometimes layering the translucent sheets. My process echoes my memories of cultural assimilation: as a young child I fused the stories told by my Chinese/Taiwanese parents to the Western images surrounding me in order to create a comprehensive (albeit idiosyncratic) worldview. This process also refers to our brave new world of streaming images divorced from context, and the impulse to carve meaning.
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EDUCATION

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn (M.S. in Art History, Criticism and Theory, M.F.A. in Studio Art).
Bennington College, Bennington, VT (B.A. in Visual Arts and Literature).

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016
"East Meets West," Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Indianapolis, IN. (UPCOMING)
"Arcadia," Karin Weber Gallery, Hong Kong.
2014
"Throwing Voices," Baum Gallery, University Central Arkansas, Conway, AK.
"Fay Ku: New Works," Englewood Art Center, Englewood, FL.
2013
"Asa Nisa Masa," Eight Modern Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
"Hootenanny," Karin Weber Gallery, Hong Kong.
"Paper Tiger Army," Art Asia/Scope Special Project Installation, Miami, FL.
2012
"Are We Having Fun Yet?" Central Utah Art Center, Ephraim, UT.
2011
"Half Breeds," Sam Lee Gallery, Los Angeles.
2010
"Face All Eyes, Eyes All Hands," The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI.
2009
"Sleeping Beasts," National Performance Network Conference, Knoxville, TN. Catalogue.
"Double Entendre," Eight Modern Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
"Fay Ku," Goedhuis Contemporary Gallery, New York. Brochure.
"Outliers," Galerie L MD, Paris, France.
"New/Now Fay Ku," New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT.
2008
"Fairy Tales Retold," Brooklyn Public Central Library, Brooklyn.
"Fay Ku: A Survey Of Works (2004-2008)," Kips Gallery, New York. Catalogue.
"Deviance," Sam Lee Gallery, Los Angeles.
2007
"Surface Tension," Real Art Ways, Hartford. Brochure.
2005
"Here Be Monsters," A.I.R. Gallery, New York.
"Life Boat," Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn.
"MFA Thesis Exhibition," Pratt Institute, Brooklyn.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2014
"Playdate," BCS Gallery/ARPNew York, Long Island City, NY.
"New Originals," Gallery HO, New York. Brochure.
"Unruly," Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, Rancho Cucamonga, CA.
2013
"Seeing Voices," Donna Beam Gallery (University of Las Vegas-Nevada), Las Vegas, NV. Catalog.
"Local Futures," He XiangNing Art Museum, Shen Zhen, China. Catalog.
"Year Of The Snake," Eight Modern, Santa Fe, NM.
"For Which It Stands," The Lodge Gallery, New York.
2012
"Legitimate Vagina," Miranda Arts Project Space, Port Chester, NY.
"Permanent Collection," Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York.
"It Came From Chashama," Australian Cultural Forum, New York.
"SuperHuman," Central Utah Art Center, Ephraim, CT & Aljira, Newark, NJ.
2011
"Pressing Ideas: Fifty Years of Women’s Lithographs from Tamarind," National Museum of Women
in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
"Move,” Galerie L MD, Paris, France.
“Fast Forward: Four For the Future,” Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM.
2010
"Tales Gone In Flocks and Herds, Crossing Art Gallery," Flushing, New York.
"Animal Instinct: Allegory, Allusion, and Anthropomorphism," John Michael Kohler Arts Center,
Shebogyan, WI.
"Going Green: Taiwan’s New Environmental Art," Taipei Cultural Center, New York and Taipei,
Taiwan. Catalogue.
"Tamarind Celebrates 50 Years," Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
"Hunting Trophies," Parker’s Box, Brooklyn.
"The Great American Watercolor," New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT.
Catalogue.
“Two Degrees," Satori Gallery, New York.
2009
"She," Tenri Institute & Taiwan Cultural Center Gallery, New York. Catalogue.
"Beyond China: The New Ink Painting From Taiwan," Goedhuis Contemporary, London, UK.
"First Show: The New York Group Show," L MD Gallery, Paris.
"Fata Morgana," Dabora Gallery, Brooklyn.
"Other, Other: High Visibility," Nathan Cummings Foundation Gallery, The Bronx.
2008
"All’s Fair in Art and War: Envisioning Conflict," 21C Museum, Louisville, KY.
"Mind the Gap," Eight Modern Gallery, Santa Fe.
"More Stories," Todd Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco.
"From Brooklyn, With Love," Parker’s Box, Brooklyn.
2007
"Leaving Deep Water," Galerie SAW Gallery, Ottowa.
"Frolic: Humor & Mischief in New Taiwanese Art," Taipei Cultural Center, New York. Catalogue.
"Once There Was, Once There Wasn’t: Fairy Tales Retold," Eight Modern Gallery, Santa Fe.
"Floating Worlds: Kanako Sasaki & Fay Ku," Gallery 10G, New York.
"Four Artists," Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York.
"The Troubled Waters of Permeability," Parker’s Box, Brooklyn.
"Working Space ’07," Cuchifritos, New York.
2006
"Pink Kid Gloves," Chashama Gallery, New York.
"Next /Next Visual Art," Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn.
"Little Monsters," AG Gallery, Brooklyn.
"Imagined Heritage," Falling Cow Gallery, Philadelphia.
"The Lady Doth Protest Too Much," Heidi Cho Gallery, New York.
"Unforgiving: The Ball-Point Pen Show," The Changing Room, New York.
"Generations V," A.I.R. Gallery, New York.
"Bearings: The Female Figure," P.S. 122 Gallery, New York. Catalogue.
2005
"How Close Are We," Endless International Gallery, Shanghai.
"Aphasia: 15th Annual Exhibition," Asian American Arts Centre, New York.
"Women’s Identities," Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York.
"Id: i.d," A.I.R. Gallery, New York.
"Summer Solstice," Gallery Boreas, Brooklyn,
"Good Housekeeping: Emily Bicht & Fay Ku,” Tribes Gallery, New York.
"Underneath," McCaig-Welles Gallery, Brooklyn.
"Characters: Scene I & II," Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, Long Branch, NJ and Silvermine,
New Canaan, CT. Catalogue.
2004
"Chance Encounters," Open Ground, Brooklyn.
2003
"Exquisite," Naked Duck Gallery, Brooklyn.
"Body In Motion, Bedlam in Mind," Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn.
2002
"Maps," Four Corners Art Space, New York.
"The Jump Arts Women’s Festival," The Brecht Forum, New York.
AWARDS & HONORS
2012 New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Advisory Member.
2011 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Panelist.
2010 Chashama Visual Arts Studio Grant.
2009 National Performance Network/Visual Artist Network Project Grant.
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (Deutsche Bank Fellow).
2007 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant.
Real Art Ways OPEN Emerging Artist Selectee.
National Performance Network/Visual Artist Network Project Grant.
2006 Urban Artist Initiative/NYC Project Grant.
2005 A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship Recipient.

RESIDENCIES
2015
Wave Hill Winter Workspace, The Bronx, NY.
2014
The Hermitage Artist Retreat, Sarasota, FL.
2012
Birch Creek Ranch, Ephraim, UT.
The Hermitage Artist Retreat, Sarasota, FL.
2011
Lower Eastside Print Shop Keyholder Residency, New York.
Women's Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY.
2010
Chashama Visual Arts Studio Program, Brooklyn, NY.
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI.
2009
Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV.
2008
Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE.
Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM.
2007
Weir Farm Art Centre, Wilton, CT.
2006
Artist Alliance Inc. Lower East Side Rotating Studio Residency, New York.
 








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