Visual Arts Program
 


Friday, September 11, 2009 — Friday, October 23, 2009

Alison S. M. Kobayashi

Videos

Alison S. M. Kobayashi - <em>Videos</em>
Alison S. M. Kobayashi - <em>Videos</em>
Alison S. M. Kobayashi - <em>Videos</em>
Alison S. M. Kobayashi - <em>Videos</em>
Alison S. M. Kobayashi - <em>Videos</em>

Alison S. M. Kobayashi is a visual artist working in video, performance, installation and drawing. Her interest in found narratives resulted in two video works, From Alex To Alex and Dan Carter. Finding a lost letter in the first case, and a discarded answering machine tape in the second, Kobayashi imagined identities for each person mentioned in the narrative and then performed all the roles herself. For her exhibition at Hallwalls, Kobayashi will be presenting selected video works, including a new Buffalo-based work derived from a narrative literally found on a Buffalo sidewalk in 2004. In 2006 she won the TSV Artistic Vision Award for Best Local Short Film at the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival and in 2007 was awarded the Mississauga Arts Award for Best Emerging Artist. Her films have been shown in Canada, the U.S. and Hong Kong. She was born and raised in Mississauga and is currently working in Toronto.

Alison S.M. Kobayashi: Videos is curated by Carolyn Tennant, Hallwalls Media Arts Director.

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Some publications related to this event:
ALISON S.M. KOBAYASHI: VIDEOS - 2009
September, 2009 - 2009
October, 2009 - 2009

 
 
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Laylah Ali's work explores power dynamics and interpersonal conflict through compositions that position culturally, racially and sexually ambiguous figures in precarious, loaded, and unexpectedly humorous situations. Ali uses concise—even minimal—imagery that is specific in rendering and intent. While there are narratives in Ali's work, they are stories whose open spaces often give them the atmosphere of fables.