Kai-Oi Jay Yung brings multi-sensory extravaganza to solo show at Grundy Gallery

By Mark Sheerin | 25 January 2013

Exhibition preview: Kai-Oi Jay Yung: Amongst Dark Trees, A Clearing, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, until March 9 2013

Colour photo of a woman in darkness next to a neon light display
© Kai-Oi Jay Yung
Opening just in time for the most depressing day of the year (so-called Blue Monday, the 21st), a show in Blackpool looks to offer solace for those experiencing conflict or distress.

Yung has created a wealth of multi-sensory artworks, including four video works in which you can hear from a trauma psychologist, a comedian, a meditation guru and witness a disco lightshow.

More wisdom comes from a piece called Mottos in Thread, for which Yung has sourced stitchwork and aphorisms from volunteers far and wide. A 68-year-old from another coastal resort reminds us in Blackpool that "worse things happen at sea." Too true.

There is also the chance to make your own art, and Line Action Station allows visitors to project drawings onto the gallery wall. Elsewhere, a major piece called 7 Circles offers the chance to participate with a collective sound piece which mixes up Sanskrit words with the inner thoughts of gallery goers.

Yung has said her show “investigates how our suffering and conflict exacerbates and manifests in our daily living...I can dissect and reassemble meaning, introduce new characters and empower others with narratives to manipulate their own endings, realities and truths.”

If nothing else, it is should stimulate the senses. If you’re feeling the January blues, Yung might just have the tonic.

  • Open 10am-5pm. Admission free.

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