This exhibition presents a series of landscapes, figurative paintings, and texts by HUB-BUB Artist-in-Residence Ambrin Ling. The work focuses on identity as it relates to belonging. Instead of providing answers, it explores the question: how can one use verbal language and image-based media to re-envision marginalization, rather than simply reinstate it? Materials often designated as low-value or mundane— watercolor paints, paper, and grass stains culled from lawn clippings— make up each piece. From paintings that depict body projections to wall texts to appropriated imagery from the 2016 film Moonlight, this exhibition challenges perceptions of the innocuous, the peripheral, and the absent. In doing so, it contests the presences of those often allocated to the blind-spots of our social and physical environments due to race, gender, labor, and sexuality.
USC Upstate Gallery on Main
Reception: Thursday, June 20th, 5 – 8 PM