HAO NI | Proximity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE > July 1, 2013

HAO NI
Proximity

'Smoke structures' (2013) acrylic paint and glue on cigarette ash
, dimensions variable

‘Smoke structures’ (2013) acrylic paint and glue on cigarette ash
, dimensions variable

August 15 – September 15, 2013

Curated by Robert P. Stack

Opening Reception:
Thursday, August 15, 5PM – 9PM
Gallery Night Providence

Gallery Hours:
Thursday + Friday, 3PM – 8PM
Saturday + Sunday, 12PM – 5PM
Other days by appointment

Yellow Peril Gallery is pleased to present PROXIMITY, a solo exhibition featuring sculpture, performance, photography and installation work by Hao Ni, opening Thursday, August 15, 2013, during Gallery Night Providence.

Proximity is the distance between the physical body and the various systems that create, shape and define it. Through disassembling, connecting, and examining history, memory, and daily occurrences —both trivial and profound, PROXIMITY is part of an ongoing quest by Hao Ni to “uncover that subtle violence hidden in plain sight, as well as a search for that ‘accidental sublimity’ in trivial, fleeting moments of everyday life,” notes Yellow Peril Curator Robert P. Stack.

In this exhibition, Ni created a series of work based on locations such as home, private institutions, and airports. Through examining the ritualistic interaction between people and these places, and making connection to his own understanding of a shifting identity as an immigrant, Ni’s works serve not only as studies on the creation of the contemporary identity, but more specifically, the ambivalence, desperation, and violence during that process.

“When various cycles and systems overlap, tensions will inevitably emerge like mountains from the collision of craters,” Ni explains. “Whether it’s the pressure from time and space compression, or bargaining prices at a thrift store, we never see it or hear it, but we are constantly reminded that we are in the center of the storm.”

The opening reception for PROXIMITY is Thursday, August 15, from 5PM – 9PM during Gallery Night Providence. The exhibition will be on display until Sunday, September 15, 2013. Ni’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Chicago, New York and Providence. This is his first solo exhibition at Yellow Peril Gallery.

About Hao Ni

HAO NI is an artist who is currently pursuing an MFA at The Rhode Island School of Design. Originally born and raised in Taiwan, Hao arrived in the United States in 2007 after obtaining his citizenship in Canada. Lost in translation from one culture to the next, Hao’s work is often informed by the dislocation he feels as a Taiwanese Canadian (now American). Hao’s recent work explores the possibility of finding the sublimity from the banal activities of the middle class. Through understanding the system in place in both society, Hao hopes to bring up new questions about the construction of identity in the increasingly globalized world. For more information about Hao Ni, visit haoishao.com.

About Yellow Peril Gallery
YELLOW PERIL GALLERY is a contemporary art gallery located at The Plant, a historic mill complex in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island. The Gallery strives to foster modern art critiques on popular culture and society from emerging and mid-career artists in the United States and abroad. We aspire to exhibit provocative and visually arresting artwork created specifically to ignite conversations long after viewers have left the building. Artists that we represent share our commitment to social responsibility, and a percentage from the sale of all artwork is donated to a charitable organization of the Artists’ choice. For more info about future exhibitions, visit www.yellowperilgallery.com.

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If you’d like more information about this press release, or to schedule an interview with HAO NI, please contact Robert P. Stack at +1 718 501 8766 or via e-mail at robert@yellowperilgallery.com.