Kelly Lu’s WAR!
MAY 28 – JUNE 26, 2016
Opening May 28 from 7-10PM
Gallery tour led by Kelly Lu on June 4 at 2PM


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The Southern is pleased to present new work by Kelly Lu in Kelly Lu’s WAR! The solo exhibition opens May 28 and will be on view through June 26, 2016. An opening party will take place Saturday, May 28, from 7 – 10pm at The Southern, 2 Carlson Court, Charleston, SC.

Growing up as a minority in the South, Kelly Lu rarely saw representations of her race as a Vietnamese-American.

Her work references ideas of rebellion, the transition from childhood to adulthood, and the internal struggle to find an identity. She emphasizes how opposites balance each other by finding the relationship between light and dark, innocence and corruption, the beautiful and rotten, and life and death in an illustrative form. These ideas and concepts also tie into rebelling against the Western perspective of stereotyping the East Asian woman. Lu works in ink, marker, and acrylic on various surfaces, influenced by post-war, Japanese artists.

Kelly Lu was raised in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and is a recent graduate of the College of Charleston.

Public events include an opening party on Saturday, May 28 from 7-10PM followed by a gallery tour led by Kelly Lu on Saturday, June 4 at 2PM at The Southern, 2 Carlson Court.

Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 7PM, Sunday 12 – 6PM.

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