PRESENT TENSE Exhibit, work of young emerging Chinese American artists

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March 2 to May 19, 2007,
Tuesday to Saturday, 10 – 4pm
Free admission

Present Tense

The Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco (CCC), in partnership with Kearny Street Workshop (KSW), presents Present Tense, a new group exhibition showcasing the work of young emerging Chinese American artists, aged 30 and under.

The opening reception is a dual opening for the Roots exhibition, co-sponsored with the Chinese Historical Society of America.

The exhibition will open on March 2, 2007, and run through May 19th, 2007, at the Chinese Culture Center’s gallery, located on the 3rd floor of San Francisco’s Financial District Hilton Hotel.

Cost: free

位於舊金山金融鬧市區希爾頓酒店三樓的舊金山中華文化中心将在3月2日舉辦現在時美國華裔青年藝術展和尋根2006成果展的開幕酒會。

爲了籌備此次展覽,中華文化中心與克尼街工作室攜手合作,于 2006年開始面向美國30歲以下的華裔青年藝術家徵集藝術作品,由於專注于推廣本土華裔青年藝術家的當代藝術展覽在灣區尚屬首次,因此消息一經發佈,報名者十分踴躍。經過評委會激烈的篩選, 13名華裔青年藝術家的35副作品將于 3月2日隆重登場。這些藝術家們均是長期活躍在灣區當代藝術領域的佼佼者。參展的青年藝術家多以當今較爲流行的藝術形式,如繪畫、漫畫藝術,裝置藝術,影像藝術等形式多樣的藝術品表現和陳述自己的内心世界,體現了灣區華裔青年藝術充滿活力和自信的一面。

與此同時,文化中心也將舉辦尋根2006 展覽。自1991年开始创办,为17-26岁美国华裔青年提供寻找祖籍家乡活动的尋根計劃是中華文化中心的旗艦項目。成功參與該項目的尋根青年們經過爲時一年的準備,在次年的農曆年期間展覽他們的尋根成果和感受。 San Francisco Chronicle在2006年委派記者全程跟蹤,並于今年 2月18 日以整版的篇幅進行專題報道。

隨着多元華裔文化日益受到關注,以及華人移民和後裔對於來自故土和異鄉審美經驗相互滲透而形成的新的土壤和語境,華裔當代青年藝術無論從觀念範疇,表達形式和個體感受上,都滋生出嶄新的話語方式,建立起獨特的認知價值和文化形態, 並在國際化的道路上尋找來自外部和内部的雙重積極互動。華裔青年是本土藝術未來發展的中堅力量, 與新移居美國的第一代華人藝術家濃重的思鄉情結不同,他們的藝術思維更加放达,視野更加廣闊,與本土主流藝術界和泛亞裔社區有著密切的溝通和交流,並融入了大量本土化的立場和元素。中華文化中心舉辦此次本土 青年藝術家展覽,就是希望能夠增強跨代移民之間的對話,通過展覽的方式推動本地華人藝術的發展和包容,擴大其在美國的知名度和影響力, 並鼓勵在美青年藝術家的藝術創作,以求形成富有舊金山灣區特色的區域性藝術新勢力。

參加此次展覽的藝術家有:關知緣(Susanna Kwan), Lauren M. Wong, 刘念(Niana Liu), 陳光群(Max Chen), 何美宜(Amy Ho), 林冠瑩(Lucy Kalyani Lin), 廬家健(Marcus Lo), 羅碧君(Sylvia La), Erin Ng, 舒宗薇 (Jocelyn Shu), 鄧秀玲(Sharon E.O. Hing), Stephanie Lie, and (林承慧)Amy Lam

此藝術展免費入場,歡迎各界人士光臨。本展覽的贊助機構包括:舊金山旅館稅藝術基金,富國銀行和加州聯合銀行等。中華文化中心長期歡迎各商業機構咨詢贊助和捐助的各項計劃建議。

On Friday, March 2nd, the Chinese Culture Center, in partnership with Kearny Street Workshop, presents the opening reception for Present Tense, a new visual exhibition showcasing the talents of young, emerging Chinese American artists. Featuring work by Susanna Kwan, Lauren M. Wong, Niana Liu, Max Chen, Amy Ho, Lucy Kalyani Lin, Marcus Lo, Sylvia La, Erin Ng, Jocelyn Shu, Sharon E.O. Hing, Stephanie Lie, and Amy Lam, this group exhibition offers a vibrant, lush, and expansive view into the intriguing work of new voices from the San Francisco Bay Area.

From Amy Lam’s Anita Mui Yim-Fong-inspired video altar installation, Madonna of Asia, to the grafitti-influenced Bay Area visual serenades of Marcus Lo, to Lauren M. Wong’s ink-and-colored-paper commentary on The Matriarch, to Sylvia La’s quietly powerful paintings on the Asian American experience, to the uncomfortably intimate sound installation of Lucy Kalyani Lin, this show promises to intrigue and challenge its viewers, presenting a diverse portrait of young Chinese America.
On display from March 2 to May 19th, Present Tense opens alongside In Search of Roots, a presentation of the Chinese Culture Center in partnership with the Chinese Historical Society of America.

ABOUT SOME OF THE ARTISTS

Max Chen was born and raised in the Bay Area. Needing a change of weather, he went to college in upstate New York and came back with a degree in mechanical engineering. Since then it has been a mix of industrial/product design and metalworking. The only constant is comics and bicycles.

Sharon Elaine Ong Hing is a fifth generation Chinese American who was born and grew up in San Francisco, California. After graduating from University High School in 2001, she attended UCLA where she earned three degrees (Fine Arts B.A., International Development Studies B.A., and History B.A). In 2006, Ms. Hing moved to Hong Kong to study Cantonese at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. While in Hong Kong she also worked at the legal aid organization, Helpers for Domestic Helpers, volunteered at the Asian Human Rights Commission, and taught English at Po Leung Kuk Orphanage. She currently works at Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy as a Membership and Program Assistant and volunteers at several Bay Area community organizations as an art teacher and set designer.

Amy Ho works mainly in the mediums of video and performance. She is particularly interested in using art to investigate individual experience and relations between action, space and time. Amy Ho graduated with a Practice of Art degree at the University of California Berkeley.

Susanna Kwan uses ink, water, and words to tell stories. Her work stems from observations of the tension and grace that can be found in any relationship. She is a native of San Francisco.

Sylvia La is a painter who has exhibited her work with ProArts Gallery, the Asian Resource Gallery, GreenRice Gallery, space180, and Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture festival. For more information, please visit www.sylviala.com.

A native of Dublin, CA, Amy Lam is a graphic designer currently employed in Berkeley. Amy can be found lurking in the background of Kearny Street Workshop and Locus events posing as an artist/writer type. Visit her online at www.mobilerepublic.net.

Stephanie Lie was born in San Diego, California in 1977 and now lives in San Francisco. She received two Bachelors degrees in Art and Computer Science at UC Berkeley. Lie worked with sculptor Jane Rosen as a studio assistant for five years, where she assisted in the fabrication of works at the Pilchuck School of Glass in Seattle and at Public Glass in San Francisco. Lie was an artist in residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where she worked with installation artist Judy Pfaff.. While working with Rosen, she was a teaching assistant of drawing classes at UC Berkeley. She developed drawing workshops with Rosen based on these classes, which are now in their third year. She is designing a book based on this teaching with Rosen and Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Rhodes. Lie has collaborated with performing artists as a musician and as a developer of multimedia tools for live performance.

After graduating from a Swiss Hotel School, Niana Liu started to teach herself painting and photography. Discovering the passion of her life, she devoted herself to art making ever since. Mixing her Eastern roots with Western influence, she often focuses on the interplay between cultures in her artwork. In July 2006, she was invited to demonstrate painting at the San Francisco Asian Art Musuem, in conjunction with their special exhibition: A Curious Affair. In her artworks, she demonstrated the tug of war between globalization and cultural identity. For more information, please visit www.nianaliu.com.

Lucy Kalyani Lin is a digital video installation artist currently living in Oakland, CA. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Fine Arts in 2005. As another transplant from southern California, she has no plans of returning. Lucy has recently become a vegetarian after watching a video clip on foie gras.

Born and raised in the bay area. Marcus Lo loves working in a variety of mediums including pencil & ink, watercolor, charcoal, paint, pastel, mosaic, collages, oils, acrylic, and many more. Some of his influences include comic books, graffiti, hip hop art, fine art, Chinese brush painting, and photography. He also volunteers teaching art weekly at Manzanita Elementary in Oakland for SPORTS 4 KIDS. You may be able to find him at Frank Ogawa Plaza or Jack London Square on certain weekends selling and doing art. If you need any custom artwork done, feel free to contact him. He also has a lot of prints of his past works for sale. For more information, please visit www.myspace.com/sosar1

Jocelyn Shu currently lives in the Bay Area from which she is a native of. She received a B.F.A. degree in Painting/Drawing in 2005 through a joint-degree program with the University of San Francisco and the California College of the Arts. She spent a year studying at Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy. Her work is highly influenced from her experiences living abroad and her travels have included extensive portions of Europe and Taiwan.

Lauren M. Wong works primarily in drawing and digital media. She received a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art, with a concentration in Digital Media, at Scripps College- a part of the Claremont Consortium of Colleges- in Claremont, California. In the past she has worked under the direction of artists Sol LeWitt, Seyed Alavi, and Rigo and her debut exhibition/installation was at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Garage. Post-college, she continues to seek new meaning in the process of art making through collaborative projects, including the co-creation a weekly web-comic involving ponies eating cakes, and actively showing her work in San Francisco and outside the Bay Area. To see more of her work visit: www.laurenmarikowong.com.

Please contact KSW for images, artist statements, and more information.