Lily & Honglei Art Studio is awarded with 2015 Queens Arts Fund for their ongoing project ‘Tales of Urbanization.’ Three active members, Xiying Yang, Honglei Li and He Li will develop a multimedia presentation later this year with the grant from NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Greater NY Arts Development Fund (DCA). 

Lily & Honglei, new media art, urbanization of China

‘Shadow Play: Tales of Urbanization,’ Lily & Honglei Art Studio

NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Greater New York Arts Development Fund for Individual Artists  

  • Catherine Lan: “In the Mist of Lights and Shades” – A series of new textile artworks using faux-fur and scissors to cut out negative spaces that become soft relief paintings
  • Claudia Prado: “First Memories” – A poetry writing and video making process that will conclude in a collective performance around a central theme: the first childhood memory of people of varying ages and backgrounds
  • Cindy Salgado: “Sorry” – A multimedia dance theater piece about two individuals who find themselves on a journey of communion, conflict, and reconciliation, told through the language of movement, poetry and multimedia
  • David J. Wilson: “Standing Waves On A String” – A sculptural installation using collected and refused Steinway pianos that were originally designed and built in Astoria, Queens at the Steinway Piano Factory
  • Dennis Lichtman: “The Jazz Borough” – Ten pieces of new music inspired by jazz luminaries from 1920’s Queens, performed by an all-Queens band
  • Diana Pettersen: An original dance series engaging residents with the arts and community gardens in Queens
  • E.W.S. LinThe Waking Life of Sela Mar (working title) – A young adult novel about a Chinese American high school student and her misadventures, and workshops to raise children’s awareness of the lack of diversity in books and how to ask for it
  • Guowei Wang: “Passages” – Erhu musician and composer Wang Guowei premieres new work for chamber ensemble of Chinese and Western instruments
  • Ian Antonio: “Five Sonic Postcards” explores Queens through audio explorations that combine field recordings and composed music using sounds and materials found on-location throughout the borough
  • Izumi Ashizawa: “Mysterious Lake” – A magical-realist play tackling issues of environmental sustainability and the cultural conflict of the East and the West
  • J. Julian ChristopherOso Fabuloso & The Bear Backs – A musical about a gay Latino “bear” singing the blues to shake off his recent breakup
  • Jared Harel: A poetry collection which explores the thrills and challenges of domesticity and raising a child, culminating in a reading event entitled “Poets & Parents”
  • John Trevellini: Hack-a-Puppet is a full-immersion puppet building event re-purposing found objects into up-cycled works of art, culminating in a staged puppet performance
  • Judith Sloan: “Cross Cultural Stories in Sound” is a project of sound and audio pieces incorporating storytelling, music, and sampling to create a body of stories that will be both an installation and aired on radio and on the web
  • Jules Suo: “Dosi” (screenplay) – The project will consist of five readings, editing of the screenplay and a final live performance
  • Kento Iwasaki: “Beloved Prey” is a new portable opera based on a true story about a lioness who adopts an antelope, performed with western instruments and the Japanese koto
  • Kerri Edge: “4 Little Girls: The Cinedance” is a short film where choreography is the primary element in the depiction of the tragic story of the 16th Street Church bombing
  • Lawrence F. Mesich: “Distributed Risk” is a sculpture that transforms the facade of One Court Square into an ever-growing, unending building displayed across four concurrent video monitors and supported by a steel lattice structure
  • Lea Bertucci: “Auditorium” – is an extended evening of site-specific electronic and electro-acoustic performances organized by artists/curators Lea Bertucci and Tristan Shepherd who will also be presenting new work
  • Leah Montalto: “The Arc of Triumph” – A series of new paintings
  • Magali Duzant: “Live Streaming Sunset” – Tracks the progression of the sun setting across the globe in all time zones, chronologically, projected to a public space in real-time
  • Marcy Chevali: A new sculpture project consisting of seven net-like sculptures from glass and white mohair yarn
  • Martine Bellen: MOON IN THE MIRROR is a monodrama opera and a modernized rendition of the legend of Chang E, the Chinese demigoddess who fled her marriage to escape to the moon
  • Mayen Alcantara: Drawings generated on walks with Queens’ residents through various neighborhoods are translated into abstracted “sheet music” along with sound compositions played through converted music boxes
  • Meera Nair: “11372: Stories” – A collection of short stories set in the uniquely American immigrant neighborhood of Jackson Heights
  • Mollie Hosmer-Dillard: “Painting Poems” – A series of ten oil paintings in response to ten poems, culminating in a three-week exhibition at the Ridgewood Public Library and an event with school groups
  • Okechukwu Okoye Ofiaeli: “Queens Vegetation: Waste to Wealth” – A green art sculpture project using dead Sycamore Tree branches to promote sustainable art practices and the beautification of Queens
  • R.G. Vasicek: “Zig” – A novella about Zig, a nomad who sleeps in a motorbug under the Hell Gate bridge in Astoria, Queens
  • Richard Jeffrey NewmanWords for What Those Men Have Done – a book of poems exploring the writer’s experience as a survivor of child sexual abuse and how it has shaped the artist’s life, personally and politically
  • Roxanne Jackson: Feral Flora – an elaborate installation of mixed media sculptures interacting with indigenous plantsRoxanne Jackson, Interstella
  • Savannah L. WinchesterListening Station is a stop motion animated narrative short that explores the visceral qualities of sound using documentary field recordings and experimental sound design
  • Shervone Neckles: “The Give-and-Take Tree” series is a personal ethnographic study on the implications of language and image to negotiate the social meaning of identity and cultural authenticity
  • Su-Yee Lin: White Snake, Green Snake is a collection of magical realist short stories inspired by Chinese folktales with an emphasis on place and identity
  • Victor Ilyukhin: Two and Twenty Troubles – A documentary following a group of disabled actors of Nicu’s Spoon Theater
  • Lily & Honglei / 4GentlemenShadow Play: Tales of Urbanization – A multimedia installation utilizing animation and emerging technology, inspired by traditional Shadow Play
  • Zahida PiraniSophie’s Story (working title) – A documentary short about a Bangladeshi-American baby born in Queens who becomes a child actor for an industry that has historically cast South Asians in stereotypical roles

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