ALEJANDRO DIAZ X KEN LUM
OCT 5 - OCT 27, 2019
Royale Projects is pleased to announce Double Take: Alejandro Diaz x Ken Lum opening October 5th and running through October 27th.
Double Take explores the aesthetic and conceptual intersections within an a pair of artists from the gallery’s program. This series of exhibitions will continue to closely examine various dyads, comparing and contrasting practices through specific bodies of work.
Alejandro Diaz reveals boundaries of class and race while empowering his Mexican-American culture through humble materials and common household items. Diaz challenges the preconceived notions of culture, society, and status through humor infused politics and his ongoing involvement with art as a form of entertainment, activism, and free enterprise.
Diaz has exhibited at the Rhode Island Museum of Art, Providence; RI; Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ; Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ; Aldridge Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; and Museo Del Barrio, New York, NY. His work is included in the permanentcollections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Rhode Island Museum of Art, Providence, RI; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ; Fundación/Colección Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico; St Gallen’s University, St Gallen, Switzerland and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.
Ken Lum explores issues of identity, immigration, language, and spatial politics through a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, performance, video, photography and critical writing. Lum’s Path Chart Series uses pie charts and various graphs with minimal text raising questions that are left unanswered and prompting viewers to decipher potential solutions to universal concerns.
Lum’s work has been widely exhibited since the 1970’s in venues including the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA; Swiss Institute, New York, NY; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC; National Gallery of Canada, Ontario, Canada; Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands; the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada and Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria. He was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, the 2008 Gwangju Biennale, the 2007 Istanbul Biennial, Documenta XI and the 1995 and 2001 Venice Biennales. The artist’s work is in the public collections of National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada; Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada; Centro de Arte Contemporáneo De Huarte, Navarro, Spain; FRAC Ile de France, le Plateau, Paris, France; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; Elaine Cohen Collection, New York, NY.