Of Manga & Mongrels

Of Manga & Mongrels

Howie Tsui

From June 4th to June 29th
Opening June 13th, 2008 from 7-10pm

LE Gallery is pleased to present Of Manga & Mongrels, work by Ottawa based artist Howie Tsui. The work included in “Of Manga & Mongrels” draws inspiration and explores the images of Hokusai through the lens of contemporary culture. Mirrored, fragmented and skewed, The legs, torsos and heads of Hokusai’s recognizable figures bleed into new figures, masked and render over top by Tsui. Part homage and part evolution, Tsui’s images speak to today’s character based movements in Manga and the Art world. Tsui’s artistic practice hybridizes historical traditions from the Far East with the aesthetic sensibilities of Western underground culture. Inspired by the notion of suspended adolescence, my work addresses themes of subversion, disobedience and satire, but also more broadly, the complexities of identity, doubling, cultural assimilation and fear.

His work has been exhibited in Mexico, Australia, US and Canada. He is a recipient of project funding from the Canada Council for the Arts (2005), the Ontario Arts Council (2004, 2007) and the City of Ottawa (2004, 2007); exhibition assistance funding from the Ontario Arts Council (2005, 2006); and winner of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Joseph S. Stauffer Prize (2005). His work has appeared in such publications as Beautiful/Decay, MIX Magazine and Faesthetic, and can be found in the Canada Council Art Bank Collection.

Tsui is currently developing a new body of work entitled Horror Fables which will debut at the Carleton University Art Gallery in 2009.