The Inscrutable Chinese

The Inscrutable Chinese | Homer Shew

November 16 - December 2, 2017

384 Broadway
New York, NY
(between Walker St. and White St.)

Nearest Trains: 6, N, Q, R, W, J, Z.

Open Hours:  
Tuesday - Friday, 6:30 - 9pm
Saturday - Sunday, 11am - 8pm

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 16, 6 - 9pm

Community Day: Sunday, November 19, 3 - 8pm

The Inscrutable Chinese explores the bodies and visage of the Chinese immigrant experience, distilling the intense wonder of seemingly quotidian life into lush, multi-dimensional portraits. These portraits are Homer Shew's artistic response to the cultural codes and social masks that the diaspora community utilizes to navigate the fractious landscape of American identity.

Shew paints from photographs that epitomize his foreign subjects’ unique relationship to their American environment. This method of portraiture endows his paintings with feelings of displacement, estrangement, and impenetrability. Shew uses oil paints to inject drama, humanity, and even decadence into fleeting glimpses of these vibrant individuals, whom Western eyes habitually compound into a collective caricature of foreignness

About the Artist

Homer Shew earned his B.A. in Visual Art from Bard College in 2012. He has exhibited paintings at The Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, IL), The Silent Barn (Brooklyn, NY), and Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY). He has completed residencies in Chicago and Preston Ranch, WY. The Inscrutable Chinese is his first solo exhibition in New York City.

For further information or to schedule a visit to the show outside of open hours, please contact Homer at He can also be followed on Instagram.

384 Broadway is a temporary art space presented by THINK!CHINATOWN and Chashama. With the mission to increase representation of Asian American artists and themes of concern to our community, this project seeks to test new ways galleries in Chinatown can better engage the neighborhood with cross-cultural and inter-generational practices. This project is not a commercial endeavor and is largely run on the energy of community volunteers.

THINK!CHINATOWN is a collective of neighbors and advocates working to keep Chinatown a vibrant place of inter-generational learning, cultural production & civic engagement. We are here to listen, to respond, and to build Chinatown's capacities as a strong immigrant neighborhood of NYC. Our mission is to attract & connect resources for Chinatown organizations & businesses using the tools of design & community engagement. Join us in connecting past, present & future to ensure a resilient Chinatown.


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