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"Stella Lai: Letís Stop Pretending"
2005-08-30 until 2005-11-19
ASU Art Museum
In 1997, after 155 years as a British colony,
Hong Kong -- the place where artist Stella Lai
was born and raised -- was returned to The
People's Republic of China. Reflecting on
this momentous shift in modern history, the
artist, presently living and working in San
Francisco, examines the architecture, language
and memories of her native Hong Kong in her
most recent work, which attempts to define the
decidedly schizophrenic cultural identity of
her birthplace. In Let's Stop Pretending, a newly developed
series of paintings and wall installations,
Stella Lai reflects on a country that is neither
British nor Chinese, but a hyper-accelerated
city embroiled in a new global dialogue.
Stella Lai was born in 1975, in Hong Kong,
and currently lives and works in San Francisco.
Lai received her BFA from the California College
of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco. The artist
has recently exhibited at the following venues:
Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Los Angeles, CA;
Howard House Gallery, Seattle, WA; Luggage
Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Cassius King
Gallery, San Diego, CA; Institute of Contemporary
Art, San Jose, CA; and will be part of a two
person show with artist Iona Rozeal Brown at
Saltworks Gallery, Atlanta, GA in fall of 2005.
Lai is currently the artist in residency at the
Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, UK.
Organized by the Arizona State University Art Museum,
Stella Lai: Letís Stop Pretending will be the artistís
first museum solo exhibition.
Portrait of a Roast Pig, 2005
Gouache on Paper
Courtesy of the artist and Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Los Angeles.