Jes Fan In Flux | Art21 "New York Close Up"
How can we be certain that the binary can satisfy us? A trained glass artist, sculptor Jes Fan creates elegant installation works that quietly question our most fundamental assumptions about gender, race, and identity. At UrbanGlass in downtown Brooklyn, the artist heats, rolls, and sculpts molten glass. He explains, "Learning how this matter transformed itself from one state into another really entranced me into thinking, 'How I can I apply it to other mediums?'" At the Recess artist residency in Brooklyn, Fan constructs a new work, filling hollow glass globules with silicone and injecting them with politically charged biological materials like testosterone, estrogen, melanin, and fat. These organ-like forms are then hung on a lattice structure. Detaching biological substances from the context of the body, Fan is able to examine their meanings and allow the viewer to see them in a completely new light. Fan's personal experiences—moving from his native Hong Kong to the United States, growing up queer, and transitioning—have profoundly shaped his artistic practice. "Maybe it is triggering the similar experiences of being racialized or being gendered," says Fan of handling the materials injected into his work. "It's just a disposition that you're constantly placed in—a constant act of othering." Jes Fan lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Learn more about the artist at: https://art21.org/artist/jes-fan/ CREDITS | "New York Close Up" Series Producer: Nick Ravich. Director & Editor: Brian Redondo. Cinematography: Brian Redondo & Nick Capezzera. Location Sound: Ana Fernández & Edward Morris. Additional Camera: Nick Childers. Music: Blue Dot Sessions. Color Correction: Chris Ramey. Sound Mix: Adam Boese. Design & Graphics: Chips. Artwork Courtesy: Jes Fan. Thanks: Anderson’s Martial Arts Academy, James Corporan, Cut + Measure, Alex Laviola, Miller Institute for Contemporary Art, Alex Paik, Recess, & Urban Glass. "New York Close Up" is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and by individual contributors. © Art21, Inc. 2019. All rights reserved. #JesFan #Art21 #NewYorkCloseUp
Why a Designer Turned the U.S.-Mexico Border Into an Art Installation | The New Yorker
With shared economic, environmental, and humanitarian concerns, communities of local planners, designers, and citizens work toward cross-border collaboration. Ronald Rael, an architecture professor, takes an opportunity to use art to prove the uselessness of building borders. Still haven’t subscribed to The New Yorker on YouTube ►► http://bit.ly/newyorkeryoutubesub Why a Designer Turned the U.S.-Mexico Border Into an Art Installation | The New Yorker
For detained immigrants who can’t pay their bond, for-profit companies like Libre by Nexus offer a path to reunite with their families. But for many, the reality is much more complicated. “Libre” sheds light on one of many hidden costs of reunification for immigrant families. Directed by Anna Barsan See more here: fieldofvision.org
Van Alen Sessions Season 5: Fireproofing the Future in California
The “Wildland-Urban Interface,” where homes are built near or among undeveloped lands, is the fastest growing type of land use in America. While the demand for this type of housing grows across the Western U.S., more intense and frequent wildfires are destroying lives, homes, and forests in these areas at record levels. What role can design play in fireproofing the future of these communities? Heartbreaking footage and stories from experts and everyday people living and working in the fire zones of California illustrate the choices we must make to build safer homes and communities in the era of climate change. Van Alen Sessions is an online short-documentary series highlighting first-hand stories and expert insight on urban life, presented with The New Yorker. For more information, visit https://www.vanalen.org/projects/van-alen-sessions/
Why We Rise
Three brave, young New Yorkers reveal what it's like to grow up without having legal immigration status. Their struggles and their strength are on full display as they come out of the shadows and into the light. Join these members of RAISE--Revolutionizing Asian American Immigrant Stories on the East Coast--in their fight for change at http://raiseourstory.tumblr.com. A short documentary by Brian Redondo (http://be.net/brianredondo) & Corinne Manabat (http://corinnemanabat.com) with the support of Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund (http://aaldef.org) Music by Dexter Britain (http://dexterbritain.co.uk) under Creative Commons license The short has screened at the PBS 2014 Online Film Festival, CAAMFEST 2014 where it won the Loni Ding Award for Social Justice Documentary, the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, the Seattle Asian American Film Festival, and the BlackStar Film Festival.