NVM (never-mind)

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Join us for the opening of our newest exhibition, NVM (never-mind), curated by the Macro Waves Collective. The opening reception will be on Thursday October 19th, from 6pm-9pm at the Gallery!

Opening Reception: October 19, 2017, 6pm – 9pm

Sound Healing Workshop: October 26, 2017,  6pm – 8pm

Closing Reception: November 3, 2017, 6pm – 9pm

NVM (never-mind) embarks on a journey into the uncharted realms of the Asian American psyche. The phrase “Never-Mind” denotes the “forget it” attitude which tends to be perpetuated when forced to address common mental health problems. The acronym “NVM” brings attention to modern-aged tech culture and the heavy reliance of abbreviations, creating a new culture of limited attention spans and unresponsive communication which impairs the mind’s ability to process thoughts and emotions.

Macro Waves reimagines the subconscious mind by utilizing installation and performance art as a platform to confront  external and internal forces that affects mental health. Drawing inspiration from the philosophy of yin and yang, the three installations form a dichotomous representation of the chemicals cortisol (black space) and serotonin (white space), while highlighting the connections and balance established through the central neural network. Influenced by Japanese bondage and internet culture, the cortisol installation alludes to symbols of masochism and sadism, dissecting the escapist mentality associated with traumatic experiences. Comparatively, the serotonin installation triggers the opposing emotions associated with safety, comfort and bliss, while inducing complacent behaviors and attitudes.

Emphasizing the fundamental presence of two varying chemicals, this exhibition strives to activate a psycho-emotional healing state in all individuals, bringing forth self awareness, self control and balance in our mental health. NVM exposes the normalized, addictive and self-sought practices of self-deprecation, commonly ingrained into the unconscious identity of Asian Americans.

Curated by Macro Waves Collective:

Robin David
Jeffrey Yip
Thavin Victor Rajanakhan
Tina Kashiwagi
Joshua Icban
Dominic Cheng

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