Dec 5th 2010

Young Joon Kwak’s newest series of sculpture, photography, installation and performance work Eating Without a Face and Death Rites, a ceremonial program of performances themed around the possibilities contained in different forms of death and decay.

The works in Eating Without a Face grew out of Kwak’s experience working in the kitchen at Acre Residency and learning about composting this past summer. Compost, a dinner table, and kitchen scraps are featured materials in these new works. Themes of decay, regeneration and the desperate search for the possibilities contained within a dying self impelled the creation of these works.

These themes recur in Death Rites, featuring performances by a variety of artists working in different disciplines, curated by Kwak. The ceremony draws from various ritual practices including Kwak’s experience growing up in a Korean-American Christian church, but the participating artists produce a multiplicity of pathways, connections and possibilities for transformation that destabilize common expectations of the church-going experience.

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