Quiet Lunch hit Wallplay on Orchard for the inaugural exhibition of WU HA | 20 20. Featuring a brilliant collection of Wu-Tang inspired works, WU HA is curated by Wu-Tang founder Oliver “Power” Grant and Wallplay founder Laura O’Reilly. Contributing artists include some recognizable names such as RZA, Kathy Grayson, Jay West, Walker Fee, Mint & Serf, Dee & Ricky, and Natalie White.
“We’re showing the reason why Wu-Tang is still relevant even after 20 years… What other group that came out in the 90s that is [still] popping like this? Even without a 20th anniversary record, [WU-HA] is an evolution of the culture…”
– Oliver “Power” Grant (WU HA | 20 20 Curator/Founder of Wu-Tang)
The exhibition is only the start of a year long celebration commemorating the 20th anniversary of Wu-Tang’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and will culminate with the WU-TANG HYBRID ARTS museum exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum in September 2014. There will also be a series of other Wu-related events that will place in between then.
“The show is a very diverse collection, as diverse as the influences that were sampled to make the mythology that is Wu-Tang. We have all different artist in various different mediums paying tribute in their own way.
It’s kind of interesting to see fanfare and how people interpret the mythology of Wu-Tang to a different level where it surpasses “fan art” and it is actually in a sense where it has affected people at their core and they are able to pay homage and be a part of the legacy of Wu-Tang’s 20th Anniversary by continuing Wu-Tang through their visual interpretation of what the Clan is about.”
Laura O’Reilly (WU HA | 20 20 Curator/Founder of Wallplay)
The special press preview made Wallplay the place to be last Thursday. Be sure to check out the exhibition, now up at Wallplay through December 9th. In the meantime, here are a couple of snapshots from Michael Della Polla.
“I think it’s amazing, I love it. I wish it was my living room. [Laughs] It’s brings back memories, man. Especially coming from Staten Island, I remember when Wu-Tang was just an around the way idea…[now] to this? It’s incredible.”
– Shyheim (Recording Artist/Actor/Wu-Tang Affiliate)
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