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Transnational Lives in Motion: The Art of Laura Kina and Việt Lê – The Kellogg University Art Gallery, California State Polytechnic University Pomona

Transnational Lives in Motion: The Art of Laura Kina and Việt Lê

Sat. Feb. 27 – Sat. Apr. 23, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 27, 4-7pm
Artists’ Talks: Saturday, February 27, 4:45pm
Artists’ Symposium: Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, 1-3pm at BSC, Ursa Minor
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The Weglyn Endowed Chair for Multicultural Studies and the Kellogg University Art
Gallery are proud to sponsor the exhibitions of Laura Kina and Việt Le. Their artworks
highlight the nuanced nature of Transnational Lives in Motion among Asian American
and Pacific Islander communities. Despite Asian Americans’ contributions to the U.S. for
over three centuries, the perceptions of these communities are relegated to thinking of
them as ‘perpetual foreigners’ or consigned to model minority stereotypes. The shifting
global standing of Asian countries has changed the discourse to take into account that
Asian Americans are neither here nor there, but everywhere, as they actively partake in
transnational lives. Policies, wars, employment, and family reunifications have led to the
movement of Asian lives across the globe, transcending nations, and blurring global
boundaries as their lives are in motion. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders today are
able to stay connected to their homeland, and others are reconstructing their multiple
identities in a nation that tries to contain them. To complicate the Asian American
experience is to understand that these communities are complex and diverse, which
adds to the continued challenges in the way we think about the layered identities and
communities of Asian American and Pacific Islander peoples. Transnational Lives in
Motion: The Art of Laura Kina and Việt Lê examines the ways in which Asian American
transnationals construct and reconstruct the fabric of their identities based on their
location, space and time. From mixed-race identities with global connections, to
communities who seek refuge in the U.S. from the legacies of wars, this exhibit
highlights a few issues, which impact immigrant, refugee, and multi-racial ethnic
communities living transnational lives.

Laura Kina’s exhibition, named after her latest series, Uchinanchu, and Việt Lê’s trilogy
lovebang! will be exhibited simultaneously, and for the first time, for each artist.
Uchinanchu combines Asian and Pacific Islander pop-culture textiles, fabrics and T-shirts,
formulated into colorful, large-scale tapestries, with traditional painting motifs
addressing how the assimilation of multiple cultures fold meticulously into one personal,
yet collective, journey. Việt Lê’s lovebang! Trilogy Premiere includes video installations
lovebang!, eclipse, and the world premiere of heARTbreak! — each, together, transect
the topics of Asian pop-culture, hip-hop, sex, homo-eroticism and being transgender,
with struggle and war, nostalgia and heartbreak.

Co-curated by Mary Yu Danico and Michele Cairella Fillmore

GALLERY HOURS
THE KELLOGG UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY
Mon-Tues 4-8p
Wed-Thurs 12-4p
Sat-Sun 12-4p
Fridays Closed.
Friday viewing arrangements made by appointment only.
LOCATION INFO
The Kellogg University Art Gallery is located at the
Northside of the Bronco Student Center in Building 35A
at California State Polytechnic University Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue, Pomona CA 91768

CONTACT INFORMATION
Kellogg Gallery Direct: 909-869-4302
Huntley Gallery Direct: 909-979-5556
Email: artgalleries@cpp.edu
Websites:
facebook.com/kelloggartgallery
facebook.com/thehuntleygallery
cpp.edu/~artgalleries
Galleries Curator: Michele Cairella Fillmore
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Love of Sun [www.loveofsun.org], a multimedia exhibit curated by Rachel Kennedy and produced by Moholy Ground Project

“Love of Sun”

Online-Only Multimedia Exhibit Depicts California Artists’ Visions of China — and Chinese Artists’ Visions of California

Love of Sun [www.loveofsun.org], a multimedia exhibit curated by Rachel Kennedy and produced by Moholy Ground Project, officially went live for an exclusive online-only exhibit from now to January 4, 2014. The site showcases photographs and videos by a variety of artists based in China and California, each depicting their unique vision of the opposite region. Works by Chinese artists includes Aphasia Li Chen’s powerful, Chris Marker-influenced film shot during her time with the Occupy Movement in the Bay Area, and Chen Zhou’s lonely, whimsical Superman-California Dreaming, beautifully shot with an iPhone 5, which evokes cross-cultural cosplay and social media. Works by California artists include Rian Dundan’s Fan, a sad, insightful photo series depicting (and deglamorizing) the off-screen life of Chinese superstar Fan Bing Bing, shot during Dundon’s time as the actress’ English tutor while she prepared for a role in Iron Man 3.

Named after a track of the same name by Beijing-based indie band The Ruins, Love of Sun highlights works which critically examine cultural, political, economic, and aesthetic influences between contemporary California and China. “The potential for cross-pollination between artists working in urban China and California deserves deep investigation,” explains Kennedy. “Economic and political relations between China and the US are at a historic high, and in the US, especially in technology and entertainment, California is the locus of this cultural exchange.” The decision to debut Love of Sun as an online installation also reflects how much this interaction between the two regions is largely mediated by the Internet.

After its end date, Love of Sun will transition to showings at gallery locations in California and China.

Love of Sun’s Featured Artists and Works

● Chen Zhou – “Superman/California Dreaming” (described above). View here: http://www.loveofsun.org/LOS_Chen_Zhou.html

● Rian Dundon – “fan” (described above). View here:
http://www.loveofsun.org/LOS_Dundon_Rian.html

● Li “Lillian” Chen – “aphasia” (described above). View
here: http://loveofsun.org/LOS_Chen_li.html

● Duo Peng – “Outsider”, a docu-photo series of San Francisco’s Chinatown inhabitants, who live in “a separate space” between the US and modern China. View here: http://www.loveofsun.org/LOS_Peng_Duo.html

● Chen Zhang – “Surface Read”, a series exploring China’s “post-1980s children” culture through conceptual photos. View here:
http://www.loveofsun.org/LOS_Zhang_Chen.html

● Calvin Lee – “Rancho Rodeo de la Aguas”, a series of photos of luxury products produced in China and displayed on Rodeo Drive. View here:
http://www.loveofsun.org/LOS_Lee_Calvin.html

● Jeannie Sims – “Readymaids” a photo series offering a glimpse at the Indonesian women destined to work in the McMansions of China’s newly wealthy. View here:
http://www.loveofsun.org/LOS_Simms_Jeannie.html

● Alice Tuan – “Shanghailand”, a photo-essay on everyday life in today’s Shanghai. View here: http://www.loveofsun.org/LOS_Tuan_Umbrellas_Shanghai.html
http://www.loveofsun.org/LOS_Tuan_Fuxing_Park.html
http://www.loveofsun.org/LOS_Tuan_Shopgirl.html

About the Creator/Curator and Publisher:

Rachel Kennedy is editor-in-chief of Moholy Ground and currently an MA candidate at California Institute of the Arts’ Aesthetics and Politics program.

Moholy Ground (moholyground.org) is a San Francisco-based non-profit founded and directed by John McCoy.

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