Kearny Street Workshop is pleased to present four artists at the de Young's Artist Studio, who epitomize the kind of creative practices that we exist to nurture. Since 1972, the mission of Kearny Street Workshop has been to produce, present and promote art that empowers Asian Pacific American artists and communities. The interdisciplinary projects being developed at the de Young encompass poetry, prose, dance, film, visual arts and music – reflecting our support for literary, performing and visual arts alike. The artists’ ancestries, from places as far-flung as Iran, Sri Lanka, China and Korea, demonstrate our understanding that Asian-Americans are a diverse group, with deep roots in the Bay Area. The interpretive nature of the residency, which opens the artistic process to visitor participation, is in keeping with Kearny Street Workshop’s commitment to “make artists out of community members and community members out of artists.”
Four interdisciplinary artists will make work individually while benefiting from the creative stimulus of others. Inspired by Farsi bookstores in Los Angeles, Ala Ebtekar creates a framework for collaboration that invites visitors and artists alike to contribute images, sounds, and texts. Pireeni Sundaralingam, a scientist/poet, develops a poem cycle based on objects in the de Young’s collection, and presents lectures and exercises exploring our brains’ responses to visual images and poetry. Julie Chang creates stencils and paintings that incorporate visual information from the collection, visitors, and her colleagues’ investigations. Erika Chong Shuch engages with the generative phase of choreography, using movement to respond to planned and found audio and visual sources. Each artist will occupy the space for two weeks, overlapping with two other artists and leaving behind a material presence.
Saturday, September 18, 3:00 p.m.: Lecture by Pireeni Sundaralingam, Brain, Perception, and Creativity, Koret Auditorium
Friday, September 24, 6:00-8:30 p.m.: Closing Reception with light refreshments and performance by Pireeni Sundaralingam and Colm O'Riain
Friday, October 1, 6:00 p.m.: Film by Erika Chong Shuch