Ellen (Jing) Xu | Kyle Downs
February 4-25, 2017
Ellen (Jing) Xu
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 instigate 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.
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 Maine College of Art in Portland, ME. He has an MFA from The Ohio State University (OH) where he currently works and teaches.