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June 24: Liang Luscombe

7pm at The Sunview Luncheonette
221 Nassau Ave Ground Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Sweaty Scales

The lily blossom will never allow herself to humiliate her white ghost. She digs her nails in… waiting for him to squeal. This is not to draw blood, but only a bit of fun. She will never discuss facts from your family life with her friends. She has her own ghosts in the closet, and doesn't need to know about yours too. Lily blossoms are hardworking and determined — she works and studies obstinately and doesn’t forget about her home and family… how could she? Her white ghost willfully reminds her. She tries not to interfere in her white ghost’s relationships with his ex-lovers and friends. If this blossom needs to meddle, she will. She welcomes with saccharine stamens possessing an imperceptible poison that clings to each end. If you like these features in a lily blossom, then now is the right time for you to orient yourself and prepare … to unearth … your beloved!

Sweaty Scales is a surreal comedy set in a world of brightly coloured constructed film sets, puppets and sculptures. The video tells the story of a pair of lovers: an Asian American woman named Lisa and her Caucasian lover Oliver. Through this interracial romance, the project explores Lisa’s struggle finding her own sexual identity and space for fantasy in relation to the bind of representation that confronts Asian American women. Guided by a narrator that performs upon a diamond-shaped staircase set, we follow Lisa and Oliver through a world of parties, late-night cocktails, crafting evenings, and film-going.

This is a work-in-progress single-channel video.  

Liang Luscombe is a visual artist currently based in Chicago and undertaking the 2018–2019 Chicago Artist Coalition’s HATCH residency. She has undertaken residencies at the SOMA Summer, Mexico City, 2018; Australia Council Studio, British School at Rome in 2013; and Perth Institute of Contemporary Art Studio Residency, Perth in 2011. She was the recipient of an Australia Council JUMP Mentorship in 2013 and was mentored by Australian painter Angela Brennan.

Recent solo exhibitions include: She inches glass to break, VCUarts MFA Thesis Exhibition, Richmond, 2018; Table Talk, Box Copy, Brisbane, 2016; A Tall Painter, Yarra Flats, Melbourne, 2016; Three Sailors, Sutton Project Space, Melbourne, 2014; Non in Casa, 157 Blyth St, Melbourne, 2013; Bauhaus Fisher Price, TCB art inc., Melbourne, 2012. Selected group exhibitions include: Phone Home, EFA Project Space, New York, 2019; Footnotes, The 3rd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Yekaterinburg, 2015; No fond return of love, I.C.A.N., Sydney, 2014; Dear Masato, all at once, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; brimming dissolution, buoyant expenditure, RM, Auckland, 2014; Synonyms for Sincerity, Alaska Projects, Sydney, 2013; Please be quiet, The British School at Rome, Rome, 2013; Navel Gazing, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2013; Fresh Paint, Sutton Projects, Melbourne, 2012; Ménage a Trois, XYZ Gallery Tokyo, 2012.