“Me Love You Long Time” @ The BCA


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Text & Photos by Erin Morrissey for Boston Art Underground –
Me Love You Long Time at the Boston Center for the Arts is, as the title from Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket” denotes, heavy on the sex and light on the love. The context of the exhibition explores the intersection of sex, gender, prostitution and cultural assumptions. The mediums used are as varied as the messages screaming to be understood from the 64 individual works composing the exhibition. The space is filled with pieces from artists of Southeast Asian descent and feels both consuming and stimulating.

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A video of a man having sex with inanimate objects flickers on a small television. Meanwhile a large projection of an elderly woman is expressing the tragic and misplaced marriage of rape and war. The sounds of sex fill the gallery and feel heavy.

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Some pieces are blunt and obvious while others express their prerogative more modestly. There is no shortage of the former, however, if subtly is your speed The Impo’r’tance: The Left-Sleeve Edition – Regimented Stripes by Permi K. Gill is intriguing. A collection of five mundane oxford shirt sleeves hang in a commercial and repetitive manner similar to a department store. Almost Warholian in theory, but being a symbol of masculinity the flaccid sleeves feel explicitly phallic.

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Fellow artist Johanna Poethig also explores the commercialization of sex. Her seven casted pieces from the series Four Letter Word Beauty Products are ceramic bottles. With labels like, “Lick Me Lather”, “Fuck Me Shampoo” and “Muff Magic Sculpting Foam” the collection animates the expression ‘sex sells’.

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Me Love You Long Time is overwhelming; I am still questioning a lot of the art and whether I understood it correctly… or at all. However, I feel confident that I have been challenged as a viewer and left the exhibit with intrigue. As a viewer you may dislike some of the art while rejoicing in other pieces, which is to be expected of a varied group exhibition. Participate and be challenged, disgusted, intrigued, made to feel uncomfortable and hopefully learn something.

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GET THERE: Take the Green Line to Copley Square.
SEE IT: On View until April 7th.
MORE INFO: www.bcaonline.org 

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