Visual Arts, Exhibits, City Picks

Kelly Lu's WAR!

When: Sat., May 28, 7-10 p.m. and Sat., June 4, 2 p.m. 2016

Kelly Lu isn’t afraid of tackling complicated issues in her art, and the images in her current exhibit, WAR!, are playful, but her tone is serious. Lu uses ink, marker, and acrylic on various surfaces to create pieces that challenge society’s narrow attitudes toward race and sex. Growing up in Myrtle Beach, Lu rarely encountered images of her Vietnamese-American identity that she could relate to. “Being a minority and also a woman in the South, my entire life has been based on these two factors alone,” Lu says. All too often, she feels, East Asian women are stereotyped as “dainty, meek, and submissive” in Western culture. WAR! rebels against these generalizations, finding inspiration in the work of postwar Japanese artists. Check out the opening of the exhibit on Saturday, then come back for a gallery tour from Lu herself on June 4 at 2 p.m.

Becca Starkes

Price: Free to attend

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