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Art Exhibition Karmic II Opens July 30 at Jack Straw Cultural Center, Challenging Anti-Asian Hate

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SEATTLE - eTradeWire -- Jack Straw Cultural Center of Seattle, WA presents a new exhibition by artist May Maylisa Cat, Karmic II (2021), a multi-media and multi-screen art installation. This exhibition will run July 30 through September 10, and will feature an Artist Talk at 7:00 PM on August 13. More information about the exhibition and a virtual opening can be found at: https://bit.ly/3yweaOr. Register for the Artist Talk in advance and you will receive a confirmation email with further information here: https://bit.ly/3yFQZl3.

Karmic II takes many of the horrors of 2020 and 2021 and blends them into an audiovisual installation meant to make us reconsider and challenge our own psychological perceptions of the world. Inspired by Southeast Asian horror movies and '90s TV drama of the ghost Phi Krasue, the artist investigates what exactly creates "a monster," and what psychological and social control they enforce through sonic elements and performance. Karmic II is a continuation of a New Media Fellowship project and immersive installation, Karmic I, exhibited at Open Signal in 2019 in Portland, OR.

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In 2020, racialized terms such as the "Kung Flu" and "Chinese Virus" incited a surge of anti-Asian xenophobia experienced across the United States. In the Karmic II exhibition, the artist was able to "examine the thin line between desire and fear," particularly in relation to how Asians, and primarily Asian women, are seen in society. Utilizing a complex range of audiovisual approaches, Cat scrutinizes Western media and hyper-capitalist entertainment through a lens of white sexual imperialism, feminist jurisprudence, and critical race theory to explore the attitudes that contribute to these issues.

May Maylisa Cat was awarded the Jack Straw New Media Gallery residency, which offers up to three artists/artist teams in the Pacific Northwest the opportunity to create and present work involving sound and technology.

This exhibit is supported in part by funds from the Oregon Arts Commission.

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About May Maylisa Cat: May Maylisa Cat is a multidisciplinary artist whose work spans new media, performance art, sculpture, and installation. Her projects have received support from The Franklin Furnace Fund; Precipice Fund; Oregon Arts Commission; and Regional Arts and Culture Council of Portland.

About Jack Straw Cultural Center: Jack Straw Cultural Center is the Northwest's only non-profit multidisciplinary audio arts center. A community-based resource since 1962, it provides a production facility that is unlike any other in the region for local artists who work creatively with sound.

Visits to Jack Straw Cultural Center are by appointment. Contact information here:
(206) 634-0919
Jack Straw New Media Gallery
261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

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