News Archive 2007
12/6 : Kearny Street Workshop's Annual Holiday Party & Art Auction
Posted November 11, 2007
Join Kearny Street Workshop on Thursday, December 6th, to celebrate 35 years of art and community at our annual holiday party & art auction, at KSW's SF Mission District home, space180.
Gather with familiar and new faces, enjoy some food and drink, and view and bid on the original artwork on display by some of our most talented community members.
The silent auction features artwork by Binh Danh, Betty Kano, Favianna Rodriguez, Nancy Hom, Bob Hsiang, Choppy Oshiro, Truong Tran, Kevin B. Chen, Sharon Hing, Stephanie Lie, Mark Baugh-Sasaki, Susanna Kwan, Christine Wong Yap and others.
In addition to the silent auction, there will also be live drawing by Lawrence Yang, Iranshid Ghadimi, and others, whose work will be available for bidding, and musical and literary performances.
KSW's Annual Holiday Party & Art Auction
Thursday, December 6th, 2007
6:30 – 9:30 pm (silent auction bidding closes at 9pm)
Kearny Street Workhshop
180 Capp Street near 17th Street, San Francisco
$10 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
12/6 – 9 : Red Dot Miami
Posted November 14, 2007
Untitled (Lens Flare, Tiny Mirror) (Miniature Multiple), 2007, mirrored paper, printed paper, vellum, laser-printed brochure, plastic bag and laser-printed hangtag,
3.5" x 5"
Edition of 170
9/8 – 11/3 : paper cuts 3
Drawings from my Inventions II series have been selected for an exhibition of works on paper.
Paper Cuts 3
Works on paper by emerging artists from Bay Area MFA programs, curated by Thomas Wojak. Lisa Aksen, Ben Baumgartner, Jonathan Brilliant, Julie Chang, Amie Clute, Ali Dadgar, Nami Dunham, Heather Feeney, Miya Hannan, Chris Lanier, Indira Morre, Anthony Ryan, Michael Ryan, Carla Turturici, Tom Wiehl, Christine Wong Yap.
September 8 – November 3, 2007
Reception: Sat., September 8, 2 – 4 pm
Fetterly Gallery, Vallejo Community Arts Foundation
3467 Sonoma Blvd., Ste. 10, Vallejo, CA 94590
Gallery Hours: Wed. 12 – 6 pm, Thurs – Sat. 12 – 4 pm
10/12 – 25 : I'm Okay, You're Okay
Updated October 10, 2007
Taking on the contradictory messages of a culture saturated by theories of optimal living, this collection of local and far flung artists generates distinctive remedies for the trials of love, alienation, lethargy, and self-esteem. Be it through shame-erasing machines, beauty tips, homemade work out videos, trust falls, fight therapy sessions, affirmational sign holdings, instructional postcards, or employment history graphs, this exhibition offers a window into the netherworld of self help with its feet firmly in the art of practice.
Curated by Whit Missildine & Maggie Preston
Artists: Becca Albee, Michelle Blade, Beth Cook, Lori Gordon, Mark Lee Morris, Ashley Neese, Melissa Wyman, Christine Wong Yap
This exhibition is free and open to the public.
I'm Okay, You're Okay
Opening reception: Friday, October 12, 6 – 8pm
Exhibition on view: October 13 – 25
Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday & Saturday 12-3 pm
California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco, CA directions
9/28 - 10/14 : It's a fred thing
Updated October 9, 2007
Studio view of soft sculpture for FRED
FRED - the annual art invasion of Cumbria is happening again this year. From the 28th September - 14th October, artists from around the globe will be creating new work in some of England's most spectacular landscapes in what has become Europe's largest annual festival of site-specific art.
For sixteen days artists take their work out of the confines of the gallery and into the big wide world. Previous FRED events have seen work on buses, up the fells, on the lakes, in the woods, at the service station, down the pub and around a mountain. Over the past three years over 300 artists have created 110 projects in over 250 locations.
FRED: An Art Invasion Across Cumbria
Sept. 28 – Oct. 14
Thanks to Fold Gallery (an artist-lead initiative organizing FRED), FRED site coordinator Richard Webster, Brougham Hall and Brougham Hall's Mr Christopher Terry. I'm sincerely grateful for their assistance and hospitality.
See photos from my trip.
10/14 : headlands open house
Updated September 19, 2007
My new studio is at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA, where I am a 2007 Affiliate Artist. I'm happy to be part of the Headlands' community, which includes national and international artists-in-residence.
Join me as I open my studio to the public. My studio is in the basement of the Affiliate Building, 960 Fort Barry.
Headlands Center for the Arts Open House
Fort Barry (in the Marin Headlands), Sausalito, CA
Sunday, October 14
Noon to 5 pm
Free and open to the public
10/1 : Art for Boobies
Posted September 16, 2007
I'm donating Healthy, a 2005 relief print, to:
Art for Boobies
An Art Auction to benefit Breast Cancer Research, Treatment and Prevention
Art, cheese and wine reception:
Monday, October 1, 2007
7 – 9:30 pm
The Bazaar Cafe
5927 California St.
(between 21 & 22nd Avenues)
San Francisco, CA
100% proceeds from auction go to Breast Cancer Three Day. Beneficiaries for the Breast Cancer Three Day are: 85% of net proceeds raised from the 3-Day will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and 15% the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund. Donations can be made by cash, check or credit card.
The Regalos project in transit, generating curiosity at the Ninoy Aquino Airport in Manila, Philippines.
I’m honored to be one of 12 California artists in Galleon Trade, a grassroots international art exchange organized by Jenifer K. Wofford that re-traces the historic Spanish galleon trade routes which sailed between the Philippines, Mexico, and California. The California artists are Stephanie Syjuco, Julio Morales, Christine Wong Yap, Megan Wilson, Jaime Cortez, Johanna Poethig, Eliza Barrios, Reanne Estrada, Mike Arcega, Gina Osterloh, Richard Godinez, and Enrique Chagoya. Read bios and images for all of the artists and organizers here.
In July 2007, I went on a 10-day trip to the Philippines where I exhibited the Regalos project at Green Papaya Art Projects in Quezon City, met artists at the mag:net cafes, visited studios in Cubao, got grilled at The Living Room, saw top-notch contemporary Filipino art, and much more. Galleon Trade round table discussions were organized by UCLA scholar Lucy Burns.
Next year's show at the Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco will feature artists from Manila and Mexico. Stay posted.
• Read my blog posts here and here.
• Listen to an audio archive of an interview with me and Mike Arcega on APEX Express.
• Read more at the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Guardian, Philippines Inquirer, and Philippine Star.
Updated July 16, 2007
I am also extremely proud and happy to announce that the Creative Work Fund and the San Francisco Foundation have awarded grants to Kearny Street Workshop in support of Activist Imagination, a new project featuring the work of Donna Keiko Ozawa, Bob Hsiang and myself. I’m excited about this opportunity to participate in this intergenerational APA collaboration. This fall, we are planning to create new works—including kinetic sculptures, photographs, and drawings—that envision responses to the past, present and future of Asian American activism from our distinct perspectives. The work will be unveiled in a public exhibition in spring 2008. Creative Work Fund press release
RECOVERING ACTIVIST'S NIGHT MARKET
a fundraiser for KSW's Activist Imagination project, with Bob Hsiang, Donna Keiko Ozawa, and Christine Wong Yap
Friday, July 13th, 6-10 pm
Space 180, 180 Capp Street (at 16th Street), San Francisco, CA
Take a break from the madness and get some therapy for your soul at KSW's Recovering Activist's Night Market. You'll receive prescriptions for your activist yearnings from Dr. Crank, see new drawings responding to Activist Complaints by Christine Wong Yap, and take a look back at KSW's 35 years through the trained eye of photographer Bob Hsiang.
Read more about Activist Complaints
Stay informed about the Activist Imagination project
galleon trade: ship launch
My first international arts exchange is just around the corner! Help us celebrate at our kick-off party in Oakland!
GALLEON TRADE: SHIP LAUNCH
one hell of a land-locked fund-raising party and art auction
Saturday, June 30, 2007 • 6–10 pm
Tribune Press Building
410 – 12th Street
The two works I've donated for the Ship Launch auction: a 13x17 inch drawing and a small sculpture from the Presents series.
• Silent art auction, featuring works by: Mike Arcega, Amy Balkin, Lindsay Benedict, Ali Dadgar, Renee Delores, Renee Gertler, Reanne Estrada, Michael Hall, Kara Hearn, Jesse Houlding, Misako Inaoka, Bill Jenkins, Susanna Kwan, Kenneth Lo, Joe McKay, Mail Order Brides/M.O.B., Julio Cesar Morales, Indira Morre, Aaron Noble, Domingo Nuño, Gina Osterloh, Johanna Poethig, Carlo Ricafort, Favianna Rodriguez, Stephanie Russell, Michael Salamida, Erik Scollon, Emily Sevier, Megan Wilson, Jenifer Wofford, Christine Wong Yap, and Mario Ybarra Jr.
Preview the works or Swoop On It now (some works have already sold!) at http://www.galleontrade.org/news/
• Drinks, introducing The Galleon, a brand-new East Bay cocktail
• Complimentary food and Filipino cuisine
• DJs. Joe Franko spins Latin dance grooves
All proceeds support the multi-year Galleon Trade project. Admission is $10 sliding scale. Online donations are also welcome; visit http://www.galleontrade.org to donate via Paypal.
Updated May 1, 2007
2007 Centennial Graduate Exhibition
Exhibition: May 10 – 19, 2007
Reception: May 10, 6 – 9 pm
California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco, CA
A sneek peek at work in progress.
Cheryl Meeker's picks of the MFA exhibition is online at Stretcher.org (and it also mentions my review of a visit to Erik Scollon's studio).
• Photos of the exhibition are at the ArtFever blog.
• More photos are at FecalFace.com.
• ArtBusiness.com posted a synopsis.
Posted April 9, 2007
Untitled (Lens Flare, Miniature Mirror), 2007
Mirror-finish paper, found paper, vellum
3.75" x 5"
One of my latest works is a sculpture of a mirror with a lens flare. Now, I'm making over 100 miniature versions of it using three kinds of paper and two kinds of adhesive. Each lens flare is cut out by hand—no two are exactly alike.
I'm inspired by Marcel Duchamp, Fluxus ephemera and artist's books. These kinds of art editions allow for a wider distribution of a work of art.
I'd like to make these miniatures available to new and exisiting supporters for free. Anyone who subscribes to my email list—even if you sign up today—can email me your request to receive your free miniature. Include your mailing address in the email.
Available for a limited time only and while quantities last. This offer expires May 1, 2007. Only one per household please.
Beats per Minute, curated by Julio Cesar Morales, features recent sound-based and visual artworks by emerging and internationally acclaimed artists Walter Kitundu, N. Trisha Lagaso Goldberg, Mung Lar Lam, Christy Matson, and Christine Wong Yap, plus a collaborative work by the artist collectives Torolab and Nortec.
The exhibition’s title refers to the term BPM, used by disc jockeys who blend sounds from various sources to create a new piece of music. Beats Per Minute explores how traditional craft and folk art practices and forms are referenced by contemporary artists in the making of unique, provocative works that blur the boundaries of music, visual arts, and new media.
Beats per Minute: Contemporary Artists Influenced by Craft and Folk Art Practices
Exhibition: March 13 through April 29, 2007
Meet the Artists (Mung Lar Lam, Christine Wong Yap and curator Julio Cesar Morales): Thursday, March 22, 5:30 pm
What is Your Favorite Word? Workshop: Saturday, April 28th, 1-3 pm
Museum of Craft and Folk Art
51 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, CA
I was interviewed about my work in Beats Per Minute for "Inside City Limits," a local TV program on art and culture in San Francisco. The show aired on Comcast Cable Channel 11 on March 28, 2007.
100 Families Exhibition at Oakland Museum
In 2005, I was an artist-educator in Oakland Chinatown as part of the innovative 100 Families Oakland project. The resulting artwork, along with the work of families in four Oakland neighborhoods, will be in a beautiful, inspiring new exhibit. A book of reproductions of artworks by the families will be available at the Museum bookstore.
Celebrate the power of family, the creative spirit of Oakland, and the potential of art to connect people. Families in four Oakland neighborhoods worked with artists to create individual and collaborative art on the theme of family, and learned how art can build ties among community members. Curated by mixed media and installation artist Mildred Howard; produced with the Center for Art and Public Life at California College of the Arts.
Exhibition: Now through April 22, 2007
Museum hours: Wed.-Sat., 10-5; Sun., 12-5
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
First Friday of each month open until 9 pm
Free admission on second Sundays of each month
Free art activities, including Make a Family Tree with Christine Wong Yap
Sunday, March 18, 1–5 pm
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA
I'll open my studio to the public in the California College of the Arts' Graduate Studies Open Studios. My studio is Hooper #62, in the Graduate Complex, Hooper Building #2.
Sunday, April 1, 2007,
California College of the Arts, San Francisco Campus
1111 Eighth Street
Updated March 18, 2007
I'm proud to participate in Intersection for the Arts' annual art auction. Last November, Program Director Kevin Chen nominated me to participate in Creative Capital's Professional Development workshop—it was a truly transformative experience for which I'm deeply grateful. I hope you can support this cutting-edge alternative arts organization.
Artists include: April Banks, Sandow Birk, Victor Cartagena, Jaime Cortez, Binh Danh, Tia Factor, Chris Finley, Mayumi Hamanaka, Taro Hattori, Dana Hemenway, Jonn Herschend, Kara Maria, Sean McFarland, Julio Morales, Aaron Noble, Abner Nolan, Scott Oliver, Patrick Piazza, Favianna Rodriguez, Andrew Schoultz, Deth P. Sun, Megan Wilson, Jenifer K. Wofford and Christine Wong Yap. Click here for a complete list of artists.
jennifer new on journaling
Posted February 14, 2007
Recently, Jennifer New, author of the outstanding books Drawing from Life: The Journal as Art and Dan Eldon: Art as Life interviewed me for her new article, "Not by the Book: Reinventing Your Journal," on DivineCaroline.com.
Posted January 31, 2007
San Francisco-based poet, novelist, critic and playwright Kevin Killian has written a beautiful review of a visit to my studio. It will be included in the upcoming issue of Mirage #4/Period[ical], a zine published by Killian and Dodie Bellamy. Read the review (PDF, 36 kb).
Updated January 31, 2007
My work has been selected for inclusion in a California College of the Arts alumni exhibition. The exhibition features work from around the world, across disciplines and spanning generations. It was juried by by Julie Joyce, Gallery Director of the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at CSU Los Angeles, and Jo Lauria, former Decorative Arts Curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and curator of PBS Television's Craft in America exhibition.
The exhibition will feature works by Maria Anasazi, Jennifer Banks, Garry Knox Bennett, Thomas Clayton, Deborah Corsini, Adele Crawford, Stephanie Dean, Patrick Dintino, Dana Driver, Tia Factor, Kathrin Feser, Gioia Fonda, Stephen Funk, Bryson Gill, Alisa Golden, Sarah Hinckley, Felicia Hoshino, Katrina Hude, Sarrita Hunn, Gary Hutton, Mongkolsri Janjarasskul, Corey Jones, Sarah Kennon, Tari Kerss, Kin Kwok, Jane Lackey, Eric Larson, Kristina Lewis, Sarah Mays-Salin, Eileen Starr Moderbacher, Benjamin P. Moore, Donna Mossholder, Rebecca Niederlander, Charles P. Overton, Miel-Margarita Paredes, Ahndraya Parlato, Nicholas Pavloff, Hilary Pecis, Alison J. Petty, Thomas Plagemann, Curtis Popp, Richard Posner, Florence Resnikoff, Christopher Russell, Jeremy Chase Sanders, Tara Tucker, Jan Watten, Ann Weber, and Christine Wong Yap.
Alumni at the Centennial
Exhibition: Jan. 29–Feb. 16, 2007
Opening reception: Wed., Jan. 31, 5:30-7:30 pm
Oliver Arts Center, Tecoah Bruce Gallery
California College of the Arts, 5212 Broadway, Oakland, CA