Today I received a surprise from my third grade friends! These made my day!
Steven’s summer schedule of classes has finally been released and registration info can be found in catalogs for the Brookline Arts Center and Brookline Adult & Community Education, or online. Steven’s already begun planning and collaborating for some exciting classes … Continue reading
The Brookline Arts Center has asked that I give a ceramic wheel throwing demo during its Open Studios, Saturday, April 26th. I’ll also be giving a brief demo of my technique and unique approach to painting from noon to 1pm! I’m looking forward to sharing what I love to do with the local community, everyone is welcome!
I’ve fallen behind on updates with the end of the semester and a recent vacation to Los Cabos, Mexico. But I’m pleased to announce several classes I’ll be offering in Boston for early 2014. I’m looking forward to starting off … Continue reading
In both my studio and school art room I keep comics at hand for reading & reference material. You never know what you’ll learn!
I’m pleased I’ve been asked to help plan the curriculum for another year of Culture for Change programming at Boston Asian: Youth Essential Service! The YES staff and I are putting out as much good energy into the universe as … Continue reading
For the last several months I’ve been working with ten teen artists (and their friends) to create an installation that speaks out against racism in conjunction with the Culture for Change program of Boston. The group and I are finally ready to present our nearly 24′ piece to the public tomorrow evening. What follows is our artists statement. For more on the process, please check out the YES for Change Tumblr page.
A Force For Good (Against Racism)
papier-mâché (head), clear tape & saran wrap (spine), wooden frames (body), sequined fabric (skin), mirrors, and other medium.
Being given the opportunity to create some sort of artwork that educates the cause and effect of racism is both exciting and a little daunting. The subject of racism is very broad, as were our choices of art to use to translate our message. Following the process of an artist, starting with an idea, continuing with research, practicing with trial and error team building projects, and finally execution, we arrived at what stands before you.
During the course of the year we researched a variety of issues and events related to racism and in particular our community of Chinatown. We also sought out to learn more about the broad medium of installation art, knowing we did not want to necessarily produce standard 2D artwork. We learned about the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, one of the most significant restrictions on free immigration in the US. Our investigation of racism and installation art brought us all over Boston and beyond. Our group visited the Chinatown Library where we viewed an Atlas timeline of Chinatown. It was a way for us to learn and find our roots and to see how it was like for our grandparents and great grandparents to deal with the obstacles presented to them in a new country. We visited the ICA to view installation art and hopefully inspire us. We learned about Ai Wei Wei and how he used installation art to oppose the Chinese communist government. Another famous installation artist, Yayoi Kasuma, taught us that much of installation art is conceptual, meaning that the artist’s ideas or concept are more important that the actual beauty of the piece.
Our team combined ideas collected from months worth of projects and field trips and drafted a final form for our installation. What we present to the community is a Chinese inspired dragon, its spine built of interlocking lit hands, surrounding a plastic figure and several mirrors. The mirrors reflect our audiences’ faces and positive phrases allowing viewers to become a part of the piece. The encircled separated plastic figure amid the sea of reflections is used to show the effects of racism, something, at one point, everyone has encountered, making us feel isolated or less than a whole. The dragon represents our main message, coming together we become an unstoppable force against racism. We are equally proud of our final piece and of all the work our team has done. This installation is our reward to show everyone what we’ve learned about art, racism, our culture, and each other.
The Y.E.S. crew and I are finally ready to unveil our installation with a message of empowering beyond racism!
The YES team and Steven are constructing a 24′ installation that speaks out against racism! Click on the image to be brought to the YES for Change website.
I’m very proud to announce I’ve been selected as a teaching artist for the Boston Foundation’s Culture for Change program! I’m looking forward to working with teens and young adults of Chinatown and South Boston at the Boston Asian: Youth Essential Services center to create art that speaks out against racism.