Visual Art

The Center for Strategic Art and Agriculture proudly presents, promotes, and supports emerging visual artists whose work engages its viewers in a civic dialog and challenges preexisting assumptions about the world around us.


Unnecessary Suspicious 

by seemanho // presented by Bryan Zanisnik

On view Saturday, June 28 – Friday, August 15.

Opening Friday, July 18 from 6 – 10pm // with music curated by Echo Music


On Friday, July 18 from 6pm to 10pm CSAA is proud to present Unnecessary Suspicious, a collection of video art works by Hong Kong based artist seemanho within an immersive installation by Bryan Zanisnik.

Accompanying the opening will be performances by Mandarin rock bands curated by Echo Music Festival.

Exploring, employing, and reshaping ancient Chinese myth, Unnecessary Suspicious seeks to unwind post-logical paradigms of contemporary urban physiology that give rise to the increasingly common high-risk mental states of panic, anxiousness, depression, and schizophrenia. Through the seemingly non-logical, non-objective based tropes found within ancient mythology, Unnecessary Suspicious uses imagination to explain the various life phenomena beyond our capacity to interpret within the matrix of current thought.

Zanisnik’s installation will be a platform for these video works, contextualizing them with found objects, personal effects, and fabricated sculptures.

seemanho is an installation artist and an enthusiast of bio-ecology.  Her works and articles have been regularly published in various magazines and newspapers including Ming Pao Daily, City Magazine, Ming magazine, Oriental Daily, the Sun Daily, Sing Tao Daily, Sing Pao Daily News, Cream Magazine and East Touch Magazine. Her latest book Leung In Ten Years, published in 2009 summarizes her intimate interaction with Nature. Seemanho. Making Clothes. Making Herbal Soup, was awarded Bronze Prize in Book Design in the Hong Kong Designers Association Awards 2005.

Her works have been exhibited in Hong Kong, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, China, France, Taiwan, Singapore and the United States and she has received commissions from commercial companies including Chanel, the United Colors of Benetton, MTR, Vita, Maxim’s Group and Watson’s Group, as well as non-profits such as Oxfam, Green Peace, The Arts with the Disabled Association, N.T. Heung Yee Kuk Muiwo District, Association Concerning Sexual Violence against Women, and the Association for the Advancement of Feminism.

Bryan Zanisnik was born in Union, New Jersey and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received an MFA from Hunter College and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has recently exhibited and performed in New York at MoMA PS1, Sculpture Center, and the Queens Museum of Art; in Philadelphia at the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Fabric Workshop and Museum; in Miami at the De La Cruz Collection; in Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Photography; in Los Angeles at LAXART; and internationally at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, the Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna and the Futura Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague.

Zanisnik’s work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art in America, Artforum, ARTnews, Modern Painters, and Time Out New York. He has completed residencies at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program, the Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program, the Macdowell Colony, the Art Omi International Artists Residency, and the Guangdong Times Museum in Guangzhou, China. Upcoming projects include a site-specific installation at the Brooklyn Museum opening the fall of 2014.

Unnecessary Suspicious is made possible by the generous support of The Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

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