About



ALEXANDMUSHI is a collaboration between Alex Nichols and Mushi Wooseong James. They are conceptual artists examining humanity’s central theme: connection. We take the other’s reality into account. We challenge the constructs we were born into. We unite daily, driven to make something that cannot be forged alone. We create a safe testing ground where projects become entry points into the boundaries of ourselves.


ALEXANDMUSHI (left) Mushi Wooseong James, (right) Alex Nichols  June, 2019.
Photo by Benito Strummer.





WHO ARE ALEXANDMUSHI?

Alex Nichols and Mushi Wooseong James started collaborating in 2015. Born in San Francisco, USA and Seoul, South Korea respectively.


WHAT ARE THEY DOING?

ALEXANDMUSHI are conceptual artists examining humanity’s central theme: connection. They challenge the constructs we are born into. They unite daily, driven to make something that cannot be forged alone. Their collaboration serves as a safe testing ground where projects become entry points into the boundaries of themselves and each-other.


WHY ARE THEY DOING IT?

People want to feel seen, have their perspectives honored and their voices heard, this is where connection begins. If we are going to connect we need to start from a place where people know their reality counts. Alex and Mushi’s practice begins by taking each other's reality into account as equal to their own.


HOW ARE THEY DOING THIS?

“We ask questions. We unpack through conversation. We experiment by doing”.

Alex and Mushi live their collaboration as an example of how two people can connect, upturning and rebuilding connection into what it can be. Knowing there will be obstacles in the process, Alex and Mushi risk fearlessly maintaining four rules: transparency, openness, commitment and playfulness.


THEIR PRACTICE:

Humans are always in context to others yet how deeply is that process of connecting understood? The dynamic tension core to all relationships is the desire to be seen and the terror of revealing ourselves. “Protection mechanisms constantly re-appear as we dive deeper into our individual fears revealing our deepest wounds. To see the other’s perception as real as our own, takes hours and hours of uncomfortable conversations.” 

Alex and Mushi have five ongoing practices in their collaboration. Each project is a seemingly playful exercise of connection. Portable Studio, Chair Conversations, Still Conversations, Two Chairs, Dictionary.

Alex Nichols and Mushi Wooseong James have exhibited their works in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. They are the recipients of artist residencies in California, Taiwan, and Mexico. Alex and Mushi have participated and worked with: The American Anthropological Association, American Institute of Architects San Francisco, Bamboo Curtain Studio, Centro Fotografico Alvarez Bravo Oaxaca, Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture San Francisco, MACO Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Oaxaca, MOCA Taipei, Recology San Francisco, University of San Francisco, and Zonamaco Art Fair. Alex and Mushi are also the executive director and co-director of Think Make Tank artist collective, an organization dedicated to building a community around collaboration, experimentation, and improvisation.





“In a good collaboration, both people let go of their territory to make a third thing that neither one can make alone.”—Meredith Monk



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