Featuring new work by Canadian artist Christian Nicolay and Taiwanese artist Ya-chu Kang, Upside Down Fire at Initial Gallery sets a tone that crackles with political activism, symbolic meanderings and aesthetic interventions.
I first learned of the work of these two artists when I discovered a fantastic, hilarious and video that they created entitled Boom and Bust, check it out HERE. In their words: Boom and Bust examines the fragility of interconnected global market systems and the relationship to the balance of opposing forces by literally bursting the bubble, the video depicts a world in which rational and irrational co-exist situated between absurdity and reality, familiar and unfamiliar, the vulnerable and invulnerable.
Kang and Nicolay have collaborated on projects together for four years or so. Their work together on Upside Down Fire resulted in an exhibition that explores complex global and local economies of the world, issues of sustainability, and also the artist’s role in these realms. Some heavy topics, yes, but Christian and Ya-chu interrogate these issues with steady hands, considered compositions and abstract narratives. The work reads more like an allegory than a political stand which makes it fascinating. The potential for interpretation is incredibly open ended.
I visited Ya-chu and Christian the day before the exhibition went up, we had a great conversation, read the complete interview below! If you have time to only visit one exhibition this week, make sure you visit this one! You will leave with a lot to think about and hopefully a little fire in your belly!
UPSIDE DOWN FIRE - September 11-30
Christian Nicolay & Ya-chu Kang
INITIAL GALLERY - 2339 Granville Street