Open Mic Night
Models: Colson Lynn, Da Hyun Kim
Shannon Yu 余香儒 is a Brooklyn based artist from Taiwan. She holds an MFA in Performance and Performance Studies from Pratt Institute, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from National Taiwan University.
Shannon identifies as a multi-disciplinary artist, dancer-choreographer, queer creator. Space, sound, imagery, movement, and textures call Shannon to allow art flow. Shannon has shown work in La Mama, Movement Research in Judson Memorial Church, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, Prospect Park, The Landmark Loew's Theater, and has done residencies with Dance in Bushwick, Spoke the Hub, Chen Dance Center, and The Creators Collective.
This piece was not made with the intention of ever being shown, but here we are. The story begins when I purchased a child's painting set at a Santa Barbara goodwill which included 4 canvases (one of which is used here), a small set of acrylic paints and a small easel. I had painted before, but only in the context of a drawing and painting course. I started this piece (using the second of the four canvases) not because I had an image in mind, but because I was more interested in the process rather than the product. It all came together in one night, probably over the course of an hour or two, but it felt like 10 minutes had passed before it was finished. The paint used for the skin was actually an old foundation and the orange bit of background is lipstick, which speaks for the varying textures within the piece. Here is where I would explain the significance of the composition, but I think it's best that you try to figure it out on your own. Please enjoy the fruits of my labor. Special thanks to Goodwill and Sephora.