ROY G BIV Gallery presents work by Ellen Xu and Kyle Downs. The work of both artists is on display February 4–25 at 997 N High St. Admission is free.
Artists’ Talks and Closing: Saturday, February 25, at 2:30 pm
Ellen (Jing) Xu’s multimedia installation will transform the gallery into the artist’s own dreamscape. As an interdisciplinary artist, Xu will use sculpture, video and drawing to discuss ideas about gender expression and queerness. Xu relies on humor, absurdity and eye-catching color to immerse the viewer in work that is open and intimate, in the hopes that it will spur openness from the viewer in return.
Xu was born and raised in Inner Mongolia, China. Currently she resides in Seattle, WA where she received an MFA in Photomedia at the University of Washington. Previously Xu completed studies in both Sculpture and Law at Xiamen University in China.
Kyle Downs is a multimedia artist whose practice occupies a broad spectrum– from sculpture to video, to performance. Often time based, and marked by his physical occupation of a space, Downs’s work is typically a reaction to his surroundings. Previous projects have explored disassemblage and the resurgence of nature in ecosystems impacted by mining.
Downs was born in New Brunswick ME, and received his BFA at the Maine College of Art in Portland, ME. He has an MFA from The Ohio State University (OH) where he also worked as an adjunct professor.