An Xiao Studio
the virtual studio of an xiao mina



My artistic practice tends to split along the lines of social media art and digital photography, but that line can be blurry sometimes. I'm interested in the confluence of creativity and networks, impermanence and change (aka aware), visual culture and language. I'm concerned with identity and expression, and while my subject matter is often very contemporary, I take a global perspective on what contemporary is and can mean, and how what we think is contemporary is often grounded in many layers of history. I wear many hats but I deep inside me, I am first and foremost an artist.

Venues I have worked with include the Brooklyn Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, 4A Centre for Contemporary Art (Sydney), SOMArts (San Francisco), JUE Festival (Shanghai/Beijing), the D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival (Brooklyn), Pacific Asia Museum (Pasadena), the Museum of Chinese in America (New York), Outpost Gallery (Brooklyn), SEVENMiami, Hun Gallery (New York), Gallery Ho (Seoul), Winkleman Gallery (New York), an abandoned warehouse in Paterson, NJ gussied up by Olympia Lambert, i-5 Gallery/Brewery Art Colony (Los Angeles), Kristi Engle Gallery (Los Angeles), FIGMENT (Governor's Island), and the Brooklyn Historical Society. These are almost all non-profit spaces but maybe one day I can make more money from my work. Hint hint, if you're a dealer.

I don't have a traditional arts education, and so I have to thank both the Asian/Asian-American art scene and the queer art scene for helping me get started on this journey. And Thalia Vrachopoulos at Tenri Gallery helped me get my first art fair showing at the Asian Contemporary Art Fair, while Hun Gallery represented me for a while. My very first show in physical space was at the now-retired LGBT-oriented gallery I-Gallery (New York) and my first award was as Best Emerging Artist in Photography shown with GLAAD at the W Hotel. You can blame them and some very loving friends for encouraging me early on.

Here's a selection of some brief project descriptions currently available (with more to be added in due time!). Unless noted, all images created by me are on a Creative Commons License; please review the license before using them. I'm seeking assistance in archiving my work. Please get in touch.

Essays

Twitter as an Artistic Medium in the New York Foundation for the Arts' Current
Surveying Social Media Art, a three-part series in the Brooklyn-based Hyperallergic
Art Under the Influence of Others in PBS-affiliate Art21 Blog

Social Media Art/Performance

Grotte d'l'internetz (2013)
WeMeme (2012)
Streethaiku in America (2012)
Caochangdi 404 (2011)
The Artist Is Kinda Present (2010-11)
Photoglam (2010)
Phonetastic View (2009)
Nothing to Tweet Home About (2009)
@Platea Social Media Collective (2009)
Morse Code Tweets (2009)

Photography

China Rising (2011)
Gods of the Sky (2008)
Night Blossoms (2008)
Summer Rain (2007)
Coney Island (2007)
Tenacious Autumn (2006)
Streethaiku (2006; 2012)