[Local events] Fri 8/5: Opening for James Jack, Stories from Khayalan Island

Passages Bookshop david at passagesbookshop.com
Sat Jul 23 18:33:42 PDT 2016

*Stories from Khayalan Island* 
Drawings by James Jack/

*August 5 - September 17*

Opening reception with the artist:
*First Friday, August 5, 6:00-9:00 pm*

Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 12:00 to 6:00 pm

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*       Pulau Khayalan* (/pəˈlou ˈhäyālan/) is an island rumored to have 
disappeared from the Singapore Harbor at the beginning of the 19th 
century. */Stories of Khayalan/* is a collective attempt to rediscover 
the island, based on the stories of islanders in the Riau archipelago.
          During the search, fragments have come to light: a wood scrap 
from a fishing vessel, a light bulb covered with barnacles, a flat boat 
nail. Some appear to be artifacts, others tools, but most remain 
unidentified. To revive their places in the stories, imaginative methods 
must be utilized.
        For the current exhibition, the artist has made a special 
selection of original works on paper, executed in handmade walnut ink. 
These drawings are part of an active attempt to amplify multiple voices 
found within fragments from the past.

*James Jack* <http://www.jamesjack.org> (b. 1979) has developed socially 
engaged art works for Setouchi International Art Festival, Busan 
Biennale Sea Art Festival, Echigo-Tsumari Triennal, Art Base Momshima, 
and the Water and Land Art Festival in Niigata. He's had solo 
exhibitions at the Honolulu Museum of Art, TAMA Gallery (New York), 
Beppu-Wiarda Gallery (Portland), Satoshi Koyama Gallery (Tokyo), 
Portland Art Center, and the Centre for Contemporary Art Studios in 
        His writings have been published in /Art Asia Pacific, Japan 
Times, Modern Art Asia/, as well as in exhibition catalogues published 
by Blum & Poe Gallery, Lasalle College of the Arts Singapore, Satoshi 
Koyama Gallery, and the Contemporary Museum of Hawai’i.
        Jack moved to Japan as a Crown Prince Akihito Fellow in 2008, 
and has been based there since. After completing a PhD at Tokyo 
University of the Arts, he helped establish the Global Art Practice 
graduate program there. He is currently Artist and Postdoctoral Fellow 
at the Social Art Lab at Kyushu University in Fukuoka. For more 
information, please visit jamesjack.org.

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