RUB – Now Wave and Graphic Activism
Flux Factory Major Exhibition
November 23rd – December 15th
Opening Reception: November 23, from 7:30 – 12pm
Open Hours:Thursday – Sunday, 1 – 6pm
FOR SCHEDULE: www.fluxfactory.org/event/rub-exhibition
RUB is an independent publication
an exhibition at Flux Factory
an invitation to collaborate, learn and build community
OPENING RECEPTION with performances
Saturday November 23rd, 7:30pm to 12am
Performances by Pei Ling Ho and Amelia Bande
In this participatory performance Pei Ling Ho explores themes of “East/West” and
“self/other” within the contemporary context of global feminism. Often use her own body
as a vehicle to activate social issues on the impact of exotic and local culture, gender
identity awareness, the legitimacy of parents under the social system, and the emotional
blackmail in a family.
Amelia Bande is a writer working in performance, theater and film. Her plays Chueca and Partir y Renunciar were staged in Santiago, Chile. She is part of the Gel Film Series (2012- present) and she co-founded Publishing Puppies, a press for visual work, poetry and fiction (2011-present). She has recently shown work, solo and collaborative, at Artists Space, The Poetry Project, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, Dixon Place, BAM, The Shandaken Project, and many more.
The concept of this exhibition moves between two axes: the DIY strategies of the NOW-WAVE, and GRAPHIC ACTIVISM. The NOW-WAVE houses artists who produce counterculture that challenges the boundaries of Nationhood, and address issues that cross cultural boundaries. This movement wrestles with the notion of collective vs individual identities, and uses a praxis of art and activism that moves beyond the white box context. The second axis is experimentation and reinvention through GRAPHIC ACTIVISM. The RUB Exhibition centers pieces with a special sensitivity for printed matter and publishing as practice, that makes visible under-represented and under-appreciated identities. Themes that are included are: the experience of POC and QPOC; therapeutic art practices that deal with abuse, depression, and trauma; using graphic languages in the processes of resistance; and always returning to the personal as political. RUB features a selection of multidisciplinary practitioners and artists who use these two axes as raw materials.
RUB originated as an independent publication, zine and channel. RUB has traveled around the world, into different exhibitions spaces such as the “Freedom School” at SPRING/BREAK Art Show— during Armory arts week in NYC, Singapore art bookfair, AKI Gallery in Taipei, Taipei Contemporary Art Center, Queer zine Fest, LA Printed Matter, and more recently AKTA community center in Tokyo and Kyoto Art Center. RUB’s mission is creative engagement with local experimental communities of color in an era where the United States is ruled by a paranoiac, and a dehumanizing nexus has come in his wake. We witness a culture infected with commodification, consumerism, violence and the rupture of identity. A culture of manufactured fear and legally institutionalized discriminations. RUB is a free space, an incubator in a society shaped by brutality where uncensored voices can express nonconformity, opposition and provocation to the socio-political panorama. Within the space of RUB, we can escape the imposed boundaries through a de-colonial, DIY and activist practice.
NOW WAVE and GRAPHIC ACTIVISM Movement Members List
Aarati Akkapeddi, Amelia Bande, Mitsuko Brooks, Eunhyea Choi, Kaitlin Chan (Queer Reads Library 流動閱酷), Pei-Ling Ho, Toby Millman, Martha Naranjo Sandoval, Yin Ming Wong, Andre Ramos-Woodard, Yanbo Li, XVK, Ciao Frau (Eleni Theodora Zaharopoulos) + more artist contributors coming
RUB Curatorial team
Cayla Lockwood: artist, curator and graphic designer based in NYC. She is currently an artist in residence at Flux Factory and a curatorial member of Little Berlin (Gallery) in Philadelphia. Teaches workshops internationally in printmaking and bookbinding.
Ann Chen An-An: Sculptor, installation artist and curator based in Taiwan. Her works revolve around queer feelings of love, desire, and loss within the complex relationship between self-identity and social system.
Jei Triangular: Colombia Born-Taiwan based. Founder of RUB zine. Independent curator, queer poet, DIY video artist and photographer. Making art projects that addresses themes as counterculture and music, queer community identity, self- empowerment and camcorder activism.
LuLu Meng Studio@: New York-based artist born in Taipei, Taiwan. Her multidisciplinary practice, including installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, video, and curatorial projects investigates the formation and fluctuation of individual identity in a society.
Terrill Warrenburg: Artist and independent curator living in Brooklyn, NY. Her work is non-representational and rooted in self-discovery and meditative practice. Interested in art’s ability to foster empathy between individuals, Terrill’s curatorial interests include collaborative partnerships, cross-cultural dialog, and alternative media.
RUB is thanks to the support of grants from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, The Andy Warhol Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the international circulation grant from the Colombia Ministry of Culture, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York (TECO) and from individual donors.