Nu'a Bön
Works in Hau'Ula United States of America

American painter, media artist, actor born on terra nullius in the South Pacific. Having lived mostly in large cities around the world over the past three-decades, once again in the Pacific, in an artists' squat deep in a remote valley of Hawai'i. Bön spends his time learning ancient ways, painting and pondering, and hoping to change, why when the arts world refers to Asia/Pacific art, the heart of the Pacific, with its own deep traditions and belief systems albeit largely crushed by outsider traditions, is rarely seen as contemporary or relevant to today's conditions.

Former university arts faculty professor and later a research fellow for a social progress NGO in China for over a decade, left China in 2008 when his situation became untenable after the massive earthquake in Chongqing destroyed his studio and art work, and long-standing problems with authorities escalated. Bön has had recent solo and group exhibitions in Beijing, Shanghai, Bologna (Arte Fiera), Chiang Mai (New Media Art Festival), Pärnu (International Film Documentary Festival), Milano (MiArt), London (Brunei Gallery-School of Oriental and African Studies, Seven Seven Gallery, Hayward Gallery), Munich and Paris.

Nu'a Bön works in response to the kind of theory and practice he has encountered in a few short years of solo art practice. His images act as records of visitation, biographies, remembering, and wanderings through the city. In Bön's imagery, modern, rationalist architecture has been set adrift in the urban landscape of modern China, his home for over a decade largely spent teaching. The images feature physical structures, rhythms composed of complicated architectural projections, excessive pixel data and overlaid paint disfiguring the original image. The images help to translate the pathways through the city into the pathways of the brain, into streams of information, and into cultural flows. These translations give the power to hypothetically divide towns, produce children, educate students, and sanction an artist's creation. It is a cultural flow that has evolved from nature. Bön's imagery is an architecture of nature mimicking its own deconstruction. What is important is that this process repeats as the site or the location, and is therefore the primary force in Bön's output. His work is not a parody of the city nor in the series "The Politics of the Divine" a parody of the thangka, a Tibetan painting form that emulates the heavens. It is instead an optimistic use of architecture, photography, and walking, and living life as technically precise instruments for mapping the city.

Columbia University, New York
The New School for Social Research, New York