An exhibition of photographs by Yiye Teng
October 2014-January 2015
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Water, one of the most ancient and basic elements, gives life on earth. As such a vibrant organism, water flows, floats, and changes its form all the time. There is a saying in Chinese classic text, Tao Te Ching: “The highest excellence is like that of water.” As Chinese, I believe that water contains the hidden, unknown potential to become part of the art work.
Water has always been a complicated subject for me. As a child, I nearly drowned in a local pool and have been fearful of the power of water ever since that incident. Over the years, my relationship with water has shifted gradually from one of fear to one of curiosity and wonder. I am fascinated with the changing patterns and forms that are created as water moves and interacts with different methods.
“Waterscapes” is a conceptual abstract series that explores the dynamic interaction of water in relation to a variety of mediums. It embodies much of what I have learned through studying advanced photographic techniques, as well as my early training in Chinese ink painting and calligraphy.
Shaping a variety of patterns from its shapeless is the most beautiful side of water. To record the original movements from it, the way that I have found out is to expose it directly on the light-sensitive paper without using camera in the darkroom. This process reflects a certain extent of the original definition of “photography”, which is thought to derive from the ancient Greek words “phot” and “graphos”, meaning “light” and “drawing”.
Water became my partner in this process. With its infinite potential and vitality, I am amazed by the interaction of water and other mediums created. As something we might see everyday, we have not really seen the magic of it, and that also drove me to visualize it by my own artistic language.
4th Floor, Rosenberg Library
City College of San Francisco,
Art doesn’t just hang on museum walls. When it appears in books, you can hold it in your hands. The City College Library collection has millions of beautiful images nestled on the pages of books. Like text, pictures are information. Paintings, photographs, etchings, sculpture, collages and illustrations, all convey visual information in unique ways. Within a book, text supplies a context for images, making it even more possible to decipher them. What do the images in these books bring to mind? The work of internationally known artists from the present and last decades is on display: Chris Ware, Ben Shahn, Norman Rockwell and more. The images range from woodcuts in Wild Pilgrimage (1932), a wordless novel by Lynd Ward to drawings by Edith M. Cowles who used colored pencil to draw the frescoes of artist Giotto di Bondone for the 1931 portfolio Giotto, the Legend of St. Francis as Depicted in the Assisi Frescoes. Chris Ware’s multi-publication Building Stories, 2012, is also on display. Can you find the names of artists and illustrators of books as easily as you find the book’s author? Sometimes this depends on what era the book was published in.
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2nd Floor, Rosenberg Library
City College of San Francisco,
Artists: Susan Almazol, Salma Arastu, Jung Ran Bae, MalPina Chan, Karen Chew, Reiko Fujii, Kathy Fujii-Oka, Nancy Hom, MariNaomi, Pallavi Sharma, Roger Shimomura, Scott Tsuchitani.
Why have an exhibition of Asian American Artists depicting their American stories? After all, are we not all citizens of the United States with more commonalities than differences? he answer is yes and no.
A large portion of the San Francisco County population – 34.2% identify themselves as Asian and that does not include interracial residents.* The significance of the diverse Asian American cultures in our country’s melting pot is not often acknowledged. Some Asian ethnic groups have been here for 4 or 5 generations yet little is known about their history and how they shaped our country. Others are recent immigrants just settling into their new land. Many Asian Americans know little about one anothers’ stories.
Often who we are is based on preconceived notions like names, appearances, and accents. A young girl asks if I am Chinese, I reply, “No I am Japanese American” to which she says, “Oh sorry. What’s the difference anyway?” A restaurant owner guesses I am Filipino. A telephone telemarketer says “Oh you speak good English,” when he hears my Japanese last name.
This exhibition provides the viewer a way to gain deeper insights through the power of art.
Each artist chose a visual story that is significant to his or her history, culture and identity. Masters of their chosen media from glass to paint to book arts, printmaking and assemblage their compelling expertise and strength of their voice is evident.
To give a story and to receive a story is an exquisite gift to be savored, remembered and passed on to others. You’re invited to write a short version of your story here, click on “Leave a comment” below.
Guest Curator: Judy Shintani, Narrator of Culture
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Special Event, Wednesday, April 23, 2014:
Viewing: 5:30-6:30 pm
Artists’ Panel: 6:30-7:30
Madeleine Haas Russell Gallery, Rosenberg Library, 2nd Floor
Supported by The Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center
Participant in the United States of Asian America Festival 2014 – “The Spaces Between” apiculturalcenter.org
Mandala by Nancy Hom
3rd Floor, Rosenberg Library
City College of San Francisco
Location and Hours
Execrative Order 906-6-6
Etchings and Digital Prints
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Inspired by the book Executive Order 9066, Scott Tsuchitani takes a critical look at the mass detention of Japanese Americans living on the West Coast during WWII and the images used to describe this history. He uses aquatint to beautifully render these historic photographs, adding his own visual commentary. He practices and teaches printmaking at the City College of San Francisco Fort Mason Campus.
808 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
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Chinatown/North Beach Center Library exhibitions are curated by Mary Marsh. For more information, contact her at mmarsh (at) ccsf.edu.