Monthly Archives: July 2016

Summercamp’s ProjectProject: Unseen Opening Sunday, July 24th

Summercamp’s ProjectProject: Unseen
Opening Sunday, July 24th

Summercamp’s ProjectProject
Unseen

Allison Alford & Dai Toyofuku
Audrey Chan
Jay Erker
Brian Getnick
Nicholette Kominos
Ruby Osorio
Thinh Nguyen
Elyse Reardon-Jung
Jesse Robinson
Geneva Skeen
Semi-Tropic Spiritualists
Carrie Whitney
and Amir H. Fallah in Guestroom

Unseen July 24th—August 7th, 2016
Opening Reception: Sunday July 24th 5—8PM

3119 Chadwick Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032
summercampprojectproject.org
Hours by appointment, please contact summercampprojectproject@gmail.com

Summercamp’s ProjectProject presents Unseen. An outdoor group exhibition bringing together artists whose work reveals underlying magic, psychic phenomena, and textural sound as well as dealing with elements that support and balance, issues of injustice, and social practices. Organized by Fatima Hoang, Elonda Norris & Janice Gomez.

Astri Swendsrud and Quinn Gomez-Heitzeberg’s sculptural information kiosk introduces the audience to their history and projected future of utopian thinking and occult practice through the Semi-Tropic Spiritualists, an organization that created a campsite meeting place outside the city limits of Los Angeles in 1905. Through their installations and performance work, this community is being re-created as a model for exploring ideas of faith and skepticism, belief and charlatanism, and utopian social ideals.  InGoatspace, Ruby Osorio’s works explore fantasy, which she defines as the state of mind she finds herself in when encountering ambiguity.  In this state, there is a thin line between memory and fantasy—fantasy can fix itself in the memory to the point of becoming real. Osorio Walks this line using literature, vintage photographs and botanical reference books as source material to explore the uncanny and enigmatic.

In her practice, Jay Erker creates “potential spaces,” which is a psychological term conceived by the British psychologist D. W. Winnicott to designate a conceptual space or a state of mind based upon a series of dialectical relationships: fantasy/reality, I/other, symbol/symbolized, etc., in which each idea affects and transforms the other in a state of perpetual becoming and destruction. For Unseen, Erker’s audio text of essay, lyrical poetry, sound art, and performance addresses the space and environment specifically, and generally address the experience of the art and people. Carrie Whitney questions the sensory experiences in the world for the “unseen” to compete with by investigating its existence. To experience this requires a curiosity and a willingness to listen. In this work a space is created with familiar objects that stereotypically remind us of what could be worn to conjure the unseen.

Dispersed throughout the hillside below the Summercamp patio, Geneva Skeen’s multi-channel sound work is composed of field recordings from the site and surrounding neighborhood. The sound piece will be fragmented into hyper-specific corners of the hillside. The installation itself seeks to provoke an internal dialogue between the listener and the idea of an individual’s position within a complex, tiered environment, both literally and metaphorically.  Jesse Robinson couples ready-made objects with fabricated sculptural forms staging conversations in which the language of sculpture collides with the language of consumerism. Using the conventions of display, he examines how these two different, yet related, formal structures shape desire and the relationships we have with things. While Nicholette Kominos’ constructions are based on simple forms inspired by commonplace or everyday objects, she utilizes the context of familiarity to explore how complex and informative the ordinary can be.

Two ceremonial spaces invoking forgotten ties between humans and plants will be led by Allison Alford and Dai Toyofuku. Other collaborators include a resident fig tree, along with an oak tree, several elderberry and black walnut trees, sages and buckwheat from the Lower Arroyo. This event during Unseen is one of an ongoing series of secret rituals that will be performed throughout the summer and the only ritual made available to the public. Human visitors will have the opportunity to participate in communion, blessing, and healing rites.

Elyse Reardon-Jung’s most current work investigates tropes of art history with an emphasis on the delicately absurd and the politely idiotic. Using the illumination of ill-repute, neon, to represent simplified Odalisque nudes, we can consider the liberal way we consume the female form.  Although a well trod path, She is ever curious at the way the female body becomes a repository for hyper loaded cultural signifiers/baggage. Using simple execution and transparent materials, loaded with the weight of constant use. The familiar subject and familiar materials are meant to feel relatable as well as fairly silly. The absurd can be an entry point, a gateway to serious consideration. Audrey Chan’s flag features a series of Sculpey figurines made to resemble the editors of the zine “Would Be Saboteurs Take Heed” carrying heroic personal attributes. By fashioning these figurines, she wants to reconsider and invert the tropes and representational politics of the heroic statue in Western art—as large in scale, predominantly male, nude, idealized, and Western or European in identity. The figurines are diminutive, honor Asian American individualism and diversity, and resist totalizing and stereotypical representations. They propose a new set of heroes for intersectional and biomythographical narratives.

Thinh Nguyen’s current work examines non-binary identity and vulnerability. He reclaims his feminine superego, Long Long, from childhood memories of growing up and wearing dresses. While performing songs he wrote in response to the current sociopolitical climate, Nguyen will be wearing one of the his functional biomorphic sculptures made of reclaimed dresses. Straddling the line between beauty and grotesque, Brian Getnick presents a series of sculptures that brings to mind what once was, could have been, and is now.

And as a compliment to Unseen, Amir H. Fallah will be featured in Guestroom. Fallah’s approach to art making is akin to the process of an archaeological dig. Fallah investigates his subject’s lives through the analysis of their personal belongings, becoming the arbiter of these individuals’ histories, curating found elements into contemporary portraiture. Through this process he does not attempt to beautify or flatter his subjects, but instead focuses on integral points of their lives that subsequently shaped who they were as individuals. In direct opposition to the history of portraiture, he hides the true identity of his subjects by cloaking them in vivid, patterned fabrics found amongst their belongings. The viewer is forced to craft an identity for the subjects through their own interpretation of the curated elements presented.
Through the process of art making and the employment of contemporary portraiture, Fallah explores the realms of truth through storytelling. Obsessive consideration of truth’s limitations can help us understand one another, and this examination of identity is the keystone of his practice.

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VACATING AND INHABITING: HANNA SHIM . KRYSTIE WADE . KERRY ANN LEE . ERIN FORSYTH

VACATING AND INHABITING

HANNA SHIM  .  KRYSTIE WADE  .  KERRY ANN LEE  .  ERIN FORSYTH

12 July – 7 August, 2016
Preview: Tues 12 July, 5.00 – 7.30pm

Within Vacating and Inhabiting, there exists an underlying sense of playfulness, but also
disorientation, as the audience is required to navigate the surreal, dreamlike interiors,
landscapes, and installations…>>

WHITESPACE is now open on Sundays
for your viewing pleasure. 11.00am – 3.00pm

  

Whitespace  |  12 Crummer Rd  |  Ponsonby  |  Auckland
Gallery Hours  
|  Tues to Fri 11-5pm  |  Sat 11-4pm   |  Sun 11-3pm
dwhite@whitespace.co.nz
  |  http://www.whitespace.co.nz/ 

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Call for Papers: SYMPOSIUM “Writing and Picturing in Post-1945 Asian Art”

Call for Papers
SYMPOSIUM “Writing and Picturing in Post-1945 Asian Art”
(Part II: Graduate Student Workshops)

Center for the Art of East Asia, Center for East Asian Studies (University of Chicago), and PoNJA-GenKon are organizing a three-day international symposium Writing and Picturing in Post-1945 Asian Art to take place in April 2017. The second day of the symposium will include graduate student workshops to focus on the latest scholarship emerging from research done by graduate students and recent graduates in the field. We would like unpublished materials that will point to new directions of research and interpretation.

Symposium Summary
Dates: April 21–23, 2017
Place: Department of Art History, University of Chicago
Co-organized by Center for the Art of East Asia, Center for East Asian Studies, and PoNJA-GenKon

This symposium begins with the examination of two basic human activities, writing and picturing. In different cultures, these two have had historically varying relationships. To name just one, in East Asia, the two (書 and画) have traditionally been entwined, with ink and brush playing central roles. In postwar art, traditional and culturally specific modes of writing and picturing began to undergo transformation, inspired, facilitated, and accelerated in part by increased transnational exchange. In view of developments over the past half century, the symposium Writing and Picturing will survey the state of scholarship and discuss future directions in museological and art-historical studies. The symposium organizers aspire to form a bridge between the established field of modernist art history and newly evolving contemporary art while casting a wider geographical net beyond East Asia. By providing a platform for the presentation of new research on various practices that merge writing and picturing in postwar and contemporary art, we aim to create a watershed for the culturally dynamic rethinking of these fundamental human acts. For the full concept statement and questions, please contact mailponja@gmail.com.

Eligibility for Submission
Students currently enrolled in graduate-level institutions anywhere in the world and recent PhDs who have received their degrees from such institutions in the past two years are eligible to submit paper proposals.

General Parameters
Within the scope of the symposium, proposed papers should be based on original and critical research within the following parameters:

1) the paper must address the work of art and related media in visual culture (e.g. film, design, architecture, manga, etc.) produced after 1945
2) the artist(s) must have been either born in Asia, of Asian descent, or active in Asia
3) the work must demonstrably relate to aesthetic or socio-political situations in Asia after 1945.
4) the paper may address much broader genres of expression than calligraphy, such as ceramic and textile art, as long as it presents a unique approach to the issue of tradition and modernity.
5) You are welcome to submit more than one proposal. However, you will have only one selected paper to present during the program.

Please send:

1) your proposal, no more than 500 words
2) your CV, no more than 2 pages
3) if you want to attach image(s), no more than 1MB (please scale down the files)

Send to: mailponja@gmail.com
Due: August 15, Monday, 2016

Funding

Please direct any question to mailponja@gmail.com.

Selection Committee
Co-Chairs: Reiko Tomii, Miwako Tezuka, Chelsea Foxwell
Committee members: Joan Kee, David Raskin

About PoNJA-GenKon
PoNJA-GenKon is an acronym for “Post Nineteen-forty-five Japanese Art / Gendai Bijutsu Kondankai,” an online discussion group of students, art professionals, artists, and individuals interested in contemporary Japanese art across the globe. It was founded in 2003 by two scholars, Dr. Reiko Tomii and Dr. Miwako Tezuka. Also known in its short form, PoNJA, the group fosters communication among the members, shares knowledge with the public, and helps develop this area of study. Today, it has grown to include more than 120 members globally, including all the key leaders and innovators of this still-young field. So much so, “ponja” as a terminology has also come to signify the field of postwar and contemporary Japanese art history.

Miwako Tezuka's photo.
Lead Image: Enrico Isamu Oyama (b.1983), Improvised Mural (Walls), detail, 2015. Acrylic-­‐based aerosol, acrylic paint and sumi ink on walls. (H) 3.8 m x (L) 69.5 m (overall). Installation at Tringle Space, Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts, London, United Kingdom. Photo by Tom Carter

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JULY 2016 Newsletter

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DAAN JULY 2016 NEWSLETTER

DAAN Members,

It’s a pleasure to meet you! I’m Erica Ando, the new DAAN newsletter editor. I am an art writer and independent curator living in Florida. (Please see my bio in the Member Directory.) I look forward to working with you and, hopefully, to meeting you in person someday soon. Please feel free to contact me atericaando88@gmail.com.

If you have news items for the monthly newsletter, please send them to diasporicnetwork@gmail.com or directly to me atericaando88@gmail.com with the subject line DAAN newsletter.

If you have news items that you want your regional representatives to know about and to post on the DAAN Facebook page, please find a list of your DAAN reps here.

OPPORTUNITIES

ALPHA Education History + Art + Peace Art Contest
Visual Art and Creative Writing Contest
Youth and Open Divisions
Deadline July 8, 2016

Taiwan Fellowship 2017
Deadline extended to July 15, 2016

Association of Art Historians Call for Papers:
Art History as Créolité/Creolising Art History

Paper proposal deadline November 7, 2016

Amerasia Journal Special Issue Call for Papers: Exhibiting Race and Culture
Paper submission deadline November 15, 2016

 

JULY EXHIBITIONS
The Pacific Project: Yuki Kihara
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA, U.S.
Through July 10, 2016

Minidoka On My Mind: Paintings and Prints by Roger Shimomura
Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, U.S.
Through July 17, 2016
Related panel featuring Roger Shimomura:
“You People: mistrust of the Other” now online

The Reports of My Death Are Greatly Exaggerated. Larry Lee: A Retrospective
Beverly Arts Center, Chicago, IL, U.S.
Through July 23, 2016

Behind the Glass Eye — Photographs by Toyo Miyataki
Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, U.S.
Through July 31, 2016

Wifredo Lam
Reina Sofia, Madrid Spain
Through August 15, 2016

Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.
Through August 28, 2016

Stage Design by Ming Cho Lee
Museum of Chinese in America, New York, NY, U.S.
Through September 11, 2016

Shadows of the Floating Worlds: Paper Cuts by Hiromi Moneyhun
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, FL, U.S.
Through September 18, 2016

Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women
Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.
Through September 26, 2016

But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa
Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, U.S.
Through October 5, 2016

Uchinanchu: The Art of Laura Kina
Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture
California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA, U.S.
Through October 27, 2016

Kay Sekimachi: Student, Teacher, Artist
de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA, U.S.
Through November 6, 2016

The Wayfinding Project — with artist Beatrice Glow
A/P/A Institute at NYU, New York, NY, U.S.
Through December 21, 2016

Everything Has Been Material for Scissors to Shape
Wing Luke Museum, Seattle, WA, U.S.
Through April 16, 2017

ONGOING ONLINE
Asian American Art Oral History Project
AS-AP Project: Godzilla Oral History
Art Asia America
Asian/Pacific/American Archives Survey Project
Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas journal
The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi
Racecraft online at the Center for Art and Thought
H1-B online at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

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