Killjoy Collective is pleased to announce the public opening of IN/EX TERIORS, new works by Nikki Vene and Subin Yang. Please join us this Friday, June 2nd from 6-9 pm for an opening reception. IN/EX TERIORS will be on view until Saturday, June 24th. Curated by Rachel Brown Smith.
Nikki Vene's most recent series of paintings, Night-Walk, explores architectural spaces in and around the city of Portland. These paintings reference her personal perspective as solitary spectator, a city-goer who traverses by foot, and due to her nocturnal tendencies, mainly at night. Within Vene's artistic practice, she engages in acts of flâneurie, a removed, somewhat voyeuristic form of observing the urban landscape. This curious yet distanced way of looking is first documented by photographs taken on the street, so that details of the momentary observation may be referenced later on in the painting process.
When translating the image onto canvas, the ordinary, quiet spaces found in Vene’s photographic work begin to transform from strict representation into spaces of abstraction, or other worlds of reality all together. These painted architectural spaces call upon the viewer's imagination to fill in the blanks, to complete the image, to discern areas of ambiguity or to fully immerse themselves in its illusion. The viewer has full autonomy to witness painted worlds as their own, taking on a sense of empowerment and the position of the realized dreamer.
Subin Yang is an illustrator and graduate of PNCA (Pacific Northwest College of Art) in Portland, Oregon. Inspired by themes of home, culture, nostalgia, and daily life, Subin creates scenes full of vibrant colors and details.
Yang’s work ranges from collaging various traditional media to digital illustration, reflecting her love for experimentation. She is from Seoul, South Korea, where she escapes to every now and then for some comfort food like oily rolls of tuna kimbab and sweet and spicy tteokkbokki.
Yang writes of her most recent body of work, “Home is traditionally connected to an idea of a permanent, solid, and physical house but even structures like a house start feeling disposable when moving frequently — almost like shedding a layer of one’s life. Through making abstract digital collages out of the most vibrant memories or immediate connections to each places I’ve lived, such as specific colors, sound, and nostalgic details, the disposed places of the past that I used to call home form fluidly as flexible structures.”