Exhibition | Breakdown, Mistake, Discontinuity [a reset of how language represents]

Date: Jun 9, 2021

Deadline: Jul 9, 2021 - 4:00 pm

This solo exhibition will feature the body of work of graduating Master of Fine Arts student Xi Jin.

Xi Jin’s exhibition explores how language is learned, interpreted, and experienced subjectively through print-based multimedia installations. Her exhibition will run from June 8-July 9, 2021.

FAB Gallery is open by appointment only Wednesday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. Please contact FAB Gallery gallery@ualberta.ca to book your appointment.

Xi Jin’s print-based, multi-media practice utilizes breakdown as a method, mistakes as experience, and degrades the complexity and continuity of language to uncover its strange black shapes, its poetry, its embeddedness in the everyday and its strangeness as well.

No matter what imagery she uses in her work, it explores how we jump out of the manipulation of language we live in, sometimes just its form, sometimes its meaning. It is as linguist Noam Chomsky proposes, that “some random mutation took place, maybe after some strange cosmic ray shower, and it reorganized the brain, implanting a language organ in an otherwise primate brain.” She thinks she may be involved in a strange space, imitating these evolutionary processes, and resetting what and how language represents.

The exhibition is made up of three print-based installations that the artist has been working on over the last two years.. This exhibition is the final visual presentation for the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking.

Please contact Kalyna Somchynsky at FAB Gallery by email (gallery@ualberta.ca) to schedule an appointment to view the exhibition. If you are unable to visit the gallery during our hours of operations, contact us and we will strive to accommodate an alternate time.