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05/2006 – Press release
Jeannette Louie
Beat For You, 2006
Installation & Performance


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Louie's exhibition featured Nude, a floor collage of digital photography taken from the Asian massage trade. It was accompanied by a reading of Allen Ginsberg's "Song". The reading, in part, paid homage to the 50th Anniversary of Ginsberg's book, "Howl", and also provided a dramatic introduction to her collage. The poem was performed by Homie as a lyrical rap.

In Nude, Louie examines Asian sex ads as a form of portraiture, and questions who is being framed: the idealized or the identified. Exotic, cute, docile, naïve, and conniving spill onto the floor. Nude presents a dialectical effort which flirts with the intimation of a personal portrait. In the process of cutting, saving, and rearranging ads and juxtaposing cropped fantasies of disembodiment, Nude reveals Louie's role as both maker and spectator. The process continues her ongoing investigation into social thought, rearranged, reflected and massaged into a pulp of sensation.

DS / JL