News Archive 2008
november: artist's talk at USF, guest critic at CCa
Revised November 22, 2008
Last month, I gave an artist's talk at Jenifer Wofford's studio art class at USF. I love opportunities to share and contextualize my work, and discuss professional practices. With undergrads, I focus on how I arrived at my conceptually-oriented sculptures and installations from a printmaking/painting background. I think it's particularly engaging for students interested in sculpture and nontraditional materials.
I was also a guest critic for first year graduate reviews at CCA. It's always interesting to see the new work produced by students expanding their practices and rapidly assimilating new information. I enjoy providing perspectives on the artwork, supplying reference points, and articulating key concerns.
If you're an arts instructor interested in artist's talks, exhibition walk-throughs or guest critic visits, please email me.
Updated September 6, 2008
I'm proud to be exhibiting a site-specific project, alongside four fantastic artists: Whitney Lynn, Joshua Churchill, Michael Hall and Lisa Ricci.
Installation view of Two Sides
Saturday, October 25, 7:30 pm–midnight
Headlands Center for the Arts
944 Simmonds Road, Sausalito, CA (directions)
Includes cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dessert, music, performances, dancing and art installations. All proceeds benefit Headlands' Programs for Artists and the Public.
Updated September 18, 2008
I am looking forward to presenting new kinetic and light-based works in dialogue with the work of Yason Banal, a Manila-based video/performance/installation artist.
Trade: Bay Area Now 5 Edition
Opening Reception: September 4th. 5–8 pm
Exhibition: September 5–October 19, 2008
YBCA Terrace Galleries
701 Mission Street, San Francisco
the Big Idea Day
Saturday, Sept. 13, noon—5 pm*
FREE admission all day for everyone!
*I'll be on site to chat about Big Ideas between 1–3 pm.
The Galleon Trade: Bay Area Now 5 Edition, guest-curated by Jenifer Wofford is a collaborative project that builds international bridges between the Bay Area and other cities on the globe through a process of exchange and dialog. Taking the historic Acapulco-Manila galleon route as a metaphor of origin, the Galleon Trade exhibitions seek to create new routes of cultural exchange along old routes of commerce and trade. Galleon Trade I brought work by twelve California artists to three galleries in Metro Manila, Philippines in summer 2007. Galleon Trade: Bay Area Now 5 Edition addresses the deeply transnational ties between the Bay Area and the Philippines by pairing artists from both places. It features work by local artists Jaime Cortez, Megan Wilson, Johanna Poethig, Gina Osterloh and Christine Wong Yap, all of whom went to Manila with the project in 2007, and met many local artists. Their work is in conversation with the work of five artists from Manila: Poklong Anading, Norberto Roldan, Maria Taniguchi, Yason Banal, and MM Yu.
Galleon Trade is entirely about reciprocity and gathering momentum to create a viable new map that other grass-roots international arts alliances and exchanges can trace.
See Mary Eisenhart's "'Galleon Trade: Bay Area Now 5 Edition" in the S.F. Chronicle, September 18, 2008.
See Johnny Ray Huston's "Bay Area Now: Hitching a ride with Galleon Trade" in the S.F. Bay Guardian, July 16, 2008.
7/19-10/18: bay area now : Ground scores
Updated July 11, 2008
I was invited by Jessica Tully to contribute to Syndicate, a collaborative project for Ground Scores / Bay Area Now 5.
Syndicate Walking Tour Map
Scores: Guided Tours of San Francisco Past and Personal
Guest Curated by Valerie Imus
YBCA Terrace Galleries & Off-Site Locations
Bay Area Now 5
Opening Night: July 19, 2008 | 8 pm-midnight
Exhibition: July 19 – October 19
Ground Scores: Guided Tours of San Francisco Past and Personal, guest curated by Valerie Imus, is an interactive project that is both situated within the YBCA galleries as well as offering tours or self-guided explorations of sites in and around San Francisco. Ground Scores will offer cartographical and audio portraits of sites that reveal the city’s forgotten histories, as well as mapping out invisible networks within the city’s infrastructure. The Ground Scores artists are BARGE (Bay Area Research Group in Enviro-aesthetics), Jonn Herschend, Alison Pebworth with James Goode, Jeannene Przyblyski and the Bureau of Urban Secrets, The Studio for Urban Projects, Michael Swaine, and Syndicate (organized by Jessica Tully, Kim Munson, Wendy Crittenden, Christine Wong Yap, Greg O'Toole, Tom Griscom and the Labor Archives and Research Center). Ground Scores will run July 20 to October 19, 2008 in YBCA’s Terrace Galleries and in off-site locations, with an opening on July 19.
Syndicate Walking Tour
Saturday, July 26 + Saturday, October 4
A walking tour of sidewalk art installations which nod to the history of labor unions at performing arts venues in San Francisco. This tour will be led by Jessica Tully, Kim Munson and historians from the Labor Archives and Research Center. This tour is accessible.
See ban5.org for the full list of Ground Scores tours and Bay Area Now 5 exhibitions, performances, film/video and public programs.
10/12 : headlands open house
Posted September 6, 2008
Enjoy a day at in the Marin Headlands and visit the studios of international and local artists. Don't forget to stop by my studio—it's in the basement of Building 960 (walk up the hill or jump on the shuttle!).
A new miniature multiple.
Sunday, October 12, noon–5 pm
Headlands Center for the Arts
944 Simmonds Road, Sausalito, CA (directions)
Open Houses open studio doors to you. Three times each year Headlands artists open their studios to the public to show works-in-progress. Open House showcases artists working in a breadth of disciplines including visual arts, performing arts, film, video, literature and poetry. Open House is free to the public.
7/13: Headlands Summer Open House
Updated July 11, 2008
Study for a new light-based project.
Join me at the Headlands Summer Open House. My studio is in Building 960 (around the bend from the main buildings) in the basement. Bring a jacket!
Summer Open House
Sunday, July 13
Noon – 5 pm
Headands Center for the Arts, Marin Headlands
center for cultural innovation grant
I'm thrilled to share that I am a recipient of an Investing in Artists grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation. The funds will allow me to work with strategic planning consultants to broaden the audience for my work and better sustain my art practice.
2/24–5/24: Activist imagination exhibition at kearny street workshop
The Best Person I Can Be, 2008, installation, 8x8x8 feet.
Donna Keiko Ozawa, Bob Hsiang and Christine Wong Yap
Kearny Street Workshop
180 Capp Street, 3rd Floor (at 17th Street)
Activist Imagination was a 10-month collaboration between Kearny Street Workshop, Donna Keiko Ozawa, Bob Hsiang and Christine Wong Yap to create new art works that envision responses to the past, present and future of Asian American activism. The project included a series of public events:
11/27/2007: panel discussion: The Journey So Far: 35 Years of Activism
1/22/2008: panel discussion: Where Are We Now: Activism Today
2/29/2008: Opening Reception
3/27/2008: panel discussion: Where Are We Going: The Future of Activism
4/24/2008: Artist Talk
5/24/2008: Closing Reception & Catalog Releas
A beautiful 72-page catalog is available at Kearny Street Workshop or the Store.
SFBG Local artist
San Francisco Bay Guardian
April 16-22, 2008
4/3—27: Sorry at Frey Norris Gallery
Dark Light (Desk Model), 2006, graphite, collage, vellum, 11x15
Exhibition: April 03–27, 2008
Gallery Reception: April 3, 6–9 pm
Artist's Talk: April 19, 1 pm
456 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA
Gallery Hours: Tues.–Sat. 11–7; Sun. 11—5
Frey Norris Gallery presents “Sorry,” a survey exhibition of several recent series of works by two important emerging Bay Area artists, Jenifer K. Wofford and Christine Wong Yap. “Point of Departure” and “Nurse” by Wofford and text-based works and “Inventions” by Wong Yap will line the gallery’s walls and Wong Yap’s “Presents” will populate the center of the gallery. Both series of Wofford’s work explore and re-interpret an imaginative comic-like narrative centered on Filipina nurses and immigration histories. Wong Yap takes wry aim at blind spots in printed language, conveying optimism and pessimism, using distorted typography and the failures and half truths of illegible words, as well as sculptural stacks of “empty” gifts.
Read Nirmala Nataraj's review of Sorry on SFStation.
4/20: headlands open house
I'd love to see your smiling face at the Headlands Open House. My studio is in the basement of the Affiliate building, 960 Fort Barry, a 10-minute hike or 1-minute shuttle ride from the main buildings. It's right on the ocean, so bring warm layers!
Sunday, April 20, noon to 5 pm
Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin Headlands
Free and open to the public
Activist imagination on inside city limits
Activist Imagination will be featured on Inside City Limits, a weekly program on arts and entertainment in San Francisco on Comcast SF Cable Channel 11.
Wednesday, 3/19 @ 9pm
Thursday, 3/20 @ 8pm
Friday, 3/21 @ 6:30pm
Saturday 3/22 & Sunday 3/23 @ 6pm
Then the following week it will be available On Demand. Comcast Cable subscribers can find it at: On Demand > Bay On Demand > Comcast Hometown> Inside City Limits > episode number #781.
2/8–3/9: dark into light at swarm gallery
Updated February 23, 2008
Dark into Light (detail), 2008, mixed media installation, dim. var.
Dark into Light
560 Second Street, Oakland CA
Saturday, March 8, 4 pm
Exhibition: February 8 – March 9, 2008
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 12 – 6PM
and by appointment
Big thanks to those who are helping me to turn dark into light — Mung Lar Lam, Dave Anderson, Nancy Chan, Elizabeth Travelslight, Zachary Scholz.