26 Dec

Reflections – What do we see in monkeys?



Anna Banana/ Sherri Rogers/ Beth Agosti/ Hsin-Fu Hung/ Yen-Chun Lu/ Jhao-Jhen Chen/ Green Apple – Ambiel Liu, Vivian Zhu, Amber Han, Linda Ruan, Jenny Wu/ Walter Kao


Courtenay/ Vancouver/ Toronto

When a group of monkeys stares at a banana, is this the ultimate display of manners or the early sign of a struggle? In a jungle, are monkeys and other animals cohabiting or trying to survive? In a family, are we close-knit or a family that burdens its members with many expectations? Amongst friends, are we always looking for honest opinions or pleasing words?

Lunar New Year is a time for friends and families to reunite; it can also be a time to embrace new perspectives on our lives and civilization.


Works of the following artists will be part of this exhibit.

Anna Banana
A distinctive voice in the fields of conceptual, performance and mail-art, Anna Banana is a pioneer of participatory art practices.   Born in Victoria, BC in 1940, she began her career as a textile artist in the 1960s. Anna Banana’s recent exhibition “Anna Banana: 45 Years of Fooling Around with A. Banana” is a celebration of Anna’s long and accomplished career. By invitation from LunarFest, Anna will bring her works on Banana to interact with the monkeys of LunarFest.

Sherri Rogers
A Vancouver-based artist who works as a digital artist in the Visual Effects industry, Sherri Rogers illustrates news headlines and the collision of wild animals in the urban environment. Taking on environmental issues, carnivorous clashes and so-called civilization, her paintings illustrate the disconnection between humans and the natural landscape, and imagines the consequences when people come face to face with the animal world.

Beth Agosti
A Burnaby based artist with a background in visual and performing arts, Beth Agosti has worked internationally as a puppet, mask and props builder, costume fabricator, scenic painter, set decorator, writer and performer for independent film and theatre. Beth graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Fine Arts Department and trained with puppet masters Miroslav Trejtnar, Zdar Sorm and Marek Becka in the Czech Republic. Beth is currently exploring the language of contemporary puppetry through creations for theatre, film, site specific performance pieces and musical performances. She has devoted many years to teaching workshops and mentoring on various art mediums in the Metro Vancouver area.

Hsin-Fu Hung
Hsin-Fu Hung is Taiwanese paper sculpture artist who has long been fascinated with the little creatures of the world. With a profound ability to translate the characteristics and movements of the creatures to his origami-like works, Mr. Hung captures the imagination of all ages.   An earlier work – an interactive paper sculpture exhibit of an endangered salmon species in Asia – was previously exhibited at LunarFest in 2012.

Yen-Chun Lu
Yen-Chun Lu is an emerging visual arts artist who has received awards for her works in illustration books. Many of her lantern works have brought joy to children across Taiwan during recent Lunar New Years. Yen-Chun is always interested in doing works about where she grew up and has started doing and curating works about the farms in her hometown.

Jhao-Jhen Chen
With a degree in visual arts design, Ms. Chen had worked with young children as an arts teacher. Like many young designers and artists, she has explored many media for her works and is excited to be invited to work with LunarFest monkeys.

Green Apple – Ambiel Liu, Vivian Zhu, Amber Han, Linda Ruan, Jenny Wu
The theme of “Space Monkey” originates from our Green Apple Art Center’s fashion runway project that will be taken place during New York Fashion Week in February 2016. The theme of the design is “I am an Astronaut”, and it inspired our five students to recreate the ordinary Monkey Year into a wild, mysterious adventure. The scene and elements within each box are being carefully constructed through each individual student’s research and imagination. The clothing and accessories on the monkeys are developed through elements of the fashion wear. The entire project is constructed with twenty boxes in varying shapes and sizes, with five of them being used to visualize space monkey’s lives in the universe. The rest of the boxes will have space-related images covering the outside surfaces.

Walter Kao
Walter Kao is the designer of the LunarFest monkey, The monkey, with movable arms, legs, tail and a led light in the buttock, is created to engage with everyone who wishes to celebrate Lunar New Year. Walter is a second-year arts student at Emily Carr University and is passionate about animation. Rather than focusing on developing models for screens, Walter is solely responsible for the creation of the 2016 LunarFest monkey.

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