Into the Nearness of Distance 最近的距離
Summer Mei Ling Lee
with Karen Leslie Ficke and Adam Hathaway
750 Kearny Street, 3/F, Visual Art Center
OPENING: Thursday, July 10, 6-8pm
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Dinner with Artists, 7/10, 8pm
The Chinese Culture Foundation is excited to announce our 6th Annual XianRui (Fresharp) Artist in Excellence: Summer Mei Ling Lee. As the Xian Rui artist of 2014, Summer Lee will debut in multiple locations throughout the year.
Opening in Summer 2014, the 6th Annual XianRui titled Into the Nearness of Distance not only will incorporate a solo exhibition in the newly designated Visual Art Center of the Chinese Culture Foundation, but also at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, community collaborations, and performances in public spaces. This “collaborative solo” embodies both the artist’s creative process, as well as the fresh presentation approach that echoes the geographical and psychological proximity depicted by her work.
Into the Nearness of Distance explores the fragile relationship between absence and presence and the human relationship to the unknowable. Capturing a sense of longing for but inevitable failure to reconnect with ancestors who once lived in Chinatown, Lee’s work focuses thematically upon the universality of generational estrangement from a rooted but also distancing culture. With the goal to mediate the simultaneous longing and inability to connect to a historical sense of identity, her installation work alternates light and darkness, absence and presence, exploring the boundaries of where the tangible world becomes intangible. With a range of media, Lee’s recent work draws from her personal ancestry to expose the limitations of the “consciousness of objects” and seeks an image of what transcending those limits might be–to explore and transcend the complications of 21st century inter and counter-relationship; be they immigrant, vs. 3.5 generation, pure ethnic vs. bi/multi-cultural, and heteronormative vs. queer.
Summer Mei Ling Lee is a 3.5 generation Chinese-American artist working in the Bay Area.
In conjunction with the main installation, the Chinese Culture Foundation was invited to participate as a part of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts for their annual “Bay Area Now” group exhibition. An extension of Into the Nearness of Distance will be shown at YBCA.
Xian Rui ( Fresh and Sharp) Artist Excellence series is the first of its kind exhibition that features innovative and cutting edge art of emerging contemporary artists. Into the Nearness of Distance is the sixth exhibition presented by the Visual Art Center of the Chinese Culture Foundation. Previous XianRui artists includeLure by Austin installation artist Beili Liu (2008), Chromatic Constructions by Boston fiber artisan Dora Hsiung (2009), O–Viewpoint by Palo Alto artist Stella Zhang (2010), White Ink by ink painter Zheng Chongbin (2011), and Orange Peel, Harbor Seal, Hyperreal by installation artist Adrian Wong (2012).
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Summer Lee: Into the Nearness of Distance
July 18-October 5, 2014
701 Mission Street, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Since 1997, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts has mounted its signature triennial titled Bay Area Now. The exhibition portion of the 7th edition of this institution-wide program, or BAN7, will take place July 18-October 5, 2014. Each edition of the program, organized by YBCA’s curators, marks a moment in the life of the institution and regional art scenes through the work of the participating artists who are seen as representative of the spirit of that particular time.
BAN7’s core idea is to decentralize the curatorial process and centralize the public presentation of some of the most exciting artistic voices in the region today.
Article 2 from SF Chronicle – Published July 13, 2014, by Sue Adolphson
Article 3 from SF Chronicle – Published July 13, 2014, by Jesse Hamlin