Hobart and William Smith Colleges
The Davis Gallery at Houghton House

Jenny Wu

Wall: The Arbitrariness of Borders
October 12 through November 9, 2018
Reception: Friday, October 12 | 6 - 8 p.m.
Closed for Fall Break October 6 - 9, 2018
The Solarium Gallery at Houghton House

This exhibition includes video works and a series of small-scale sculptures. Using humor, Jenny Wu reveals the arbitrariness of border walls, and the absurdity of the political climate from an immigrant's perspective. This four-letter word, wall, deepens the divide between us, blames "the others" for America's own problems, reinforces hate, and imposes a simple solution to a systemic problem. The videos were made the most American way possible -- outsourcing. The series of sculptures are small-scale layered latex paint on wood panel. The process mirrors the action of building and the appearance resembles the structure of a wall. The title of each wall sculpture is triggered by a Trump tweet on the day each work is completed. The wall is not a solution; it is putting a Band-Aid on a broken bone.

Image: Hey @realDonaldTrump, I am also building a wall, and it's gonna be #fantastic, 2016



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