Painting of pool in a gallery setting.

The Life of Objects

March 11 – March 15, 2020 Curator: Andres Gonzalez Artists: Chanel Khoury, Christine JiMin Park The Life of Objects Chanel Khoury and Christine JiMin Park have been, until recently, engaged in refining the medium of paint. Their languages of painting bring abstraction and figuration into play. In some respects, they stand back to back at the center of this spectrum looking outwardly. Khoury paints perspectival environments that are often illogically constructed and open into a never-ending horizon. Park paints memories and their decay, pulling from childhood photographs. A philosophy student, Khoury’s paintings are in dialogue with a panpsychic perspective, which…

Installation shot ceramic sculpture with black background.

Beyond Objects

March 4 – March 8, 2020 Curator: Cindy Qian Artists: Mika Sarina Lee, Hannah Park   Beyond Objects  The exhibition explores the presentation and representation of ordinary things that usually do not get a second look. Mika Sarina Lee and Hannah Park manipulate common materials usually used in interiors and construction sites, and combine them with conventional artistic media in their works. Incorporating materials such as glass, paper, stone, bolts, hooks, nails, furniture fragments, and more, the artists deconstruct found objects and endow them with new meanings through the manipulation of their materiality and placement.   Inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s use of…

Painting of figures in vibrant colors

Tracing History Through Myth

February 26 – March 1, 2020 Curator: Katie Maher Artists: Martine Velasco, Andy (Yuheng) Wang  Tracing History Through Myth From a technical and stylistic perspective, Martine Velasco and Andy Wang’s practices could not be more distinct from one another. Their shared interest in historical themes and myth-making, however, is strikingly parallel. Wang and Velasco’s works respond to an innate human desire to understand what links the old and the new. Fusing their own familial and cultural ties with historic elements, both artists explore themes of transformation through their work.  Wang and Velasco’s mutual interests in historicity manifests itself in ways…

Installation of artwork made from armature wire, burlap, hand-dyed cotton and silk.

Cellar / Attic

February 19 – February 23, 2020 Curator: Blake Oetting Artists: Hue Bui, Monique Muse Cellar / Attic Hue Bui and Monique Muse Few things are as riddled with cliché as the home: “Home is where the heart is,” “a house is not a home,” and “home is wherever you are,” all being examples. These sentimental truisms, among many others, substitute a structural definition of a household for one that is immaterial and transitory. Defining the home through nebulous matrices of familial relationships, biological or chosen, rather than by physical site implies a disavowal of objects, the things of home that…

Installation shot of ceramic sculpture bust.

The Inbetween

February 12 – February 16, 2020 Curator: Charlotte Kinberger Artists: Alyx Runyon, Maya Beverly   The Inbetween Western culture loves taxonomy for its ability to simplify and sort. But this sorting breeds boxes––both physical and theoretical, real and imagined––that we sort ourselves and each other into. These boxes become identitarian dichotomies: white/black, woman/man, servant/served. And in their overly simplistic formulation, these bifurcated boxes become cages. Through their work, Alyx Runyon and Maya Beverly explore and expand these limited categories of identity, revealing their confines and finding freedom in their interstices.  Through performative video and sculpture, Runyon makes the limitations of our…

Title wall of the exhibition.

Betwixt and Between

January 29 – February 15, 2020 Curators: Liqiao Li, Linda Tauscher, Yinxue Wu Artists: Esther Cho, Liz Choh, Xuan Guan, Pin Hsun Hsieh, Jessica Lee, Kaylee Reynolds, Valerie Saputra, Tina Zhou Betwixt and Between The concept of liminality is often charged with ambivalence, interpenetrating the territories of discrete, occasionally antithetical categories. It indicates the possibility of being  “both…and…” while simultaneously suggesting a status of being “neither…nor…” The exhibition brings together a group of eight artists who visualize the liminal space between a series of conceptual opposites. It is thematically organized into three sections. The first departs from the dilemma of…

If, and Only If

March 6 – March 9 Curator: Peter Johnson Artists: David Stapleton, Hannah Murphy What does it mean for something to be true? Is it based on subjective phenomenological experience, objective facts or an analytic logical structure that governs our universe? In humankind’s quest for truth and meaning, the category itself has been dynamic, with religious, political and scientific institutions each leading the way at times through the course of history. Calling into question how we experience the world around us and the systems by which we do so, Hannah Murphy and David Stapleton employ sculpture in radical ways to allow…

S E L F

March 13 – March 16 Curator: Andrea Zambrano Artists: Taryn Marie DeLeon Mendiola, Alston Watson This exhibition highlights the artistic practices of Taryn Marie DeLeon Mendiola and Alston Watson.  Both artists discuss their personal experiences in their work. Their concepts include identity, displacement, race, and culture.  Both are interested in bringing their ideas into the world utilizing non-traditional materials. Their practices transcend various planes of comprehension, and their voices represent not only their narratives, but also their need to declare an autonomy of identity through what they create. DeLeon Mendiola honors culture, tradition, spirituality, and the morphing of gender in…