Valery Jung Estabrook: Three American Bodies
The New Gallery, Oct. 1-26, 2018
exhibition essay by Laura Hutson Hunter
Estabrook is a multidisciplinary installation artist whose works explores the intersections of culture, identity and technology. She seeks to push the boundaries of how we interact with and perceive time-based artwork by using unexpected approaches and materials. Often installed as themed tableaus, her work is intended to be experienced through various sensate strategies by asking the audience to not simply “view” but to also touch and feel.
With this year’s exhibition schedule I have been bringing in artists that explore the notion of identity through their respective cultural lenses, Three American Bodies is an exhibition of works by Korean-American artist Valery Jung Estabrook that look at assimilation of culture as viewed through the lens of a biracial Korean-American artist who was born and raised in the American South. Since childhood, she has straddled both cultures making it often difficult to fit into either. It is my hope, as with the artist’s intent, that this exhibition will invite conversations regarding race, alienation and assimilation by challenging the notions of traditional Southerness and American culture.
- Michael Dickins, Gallery Director