Fragile: an exhibition by Marta Dell’Angelo and Summer Lee
Italian Culture Institute, Chinese Culture Center, and various sites
18 February 2016, 6pm. Opening at IIC
601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102
Exhibition on view Mon-Fri 10-4:30 at Italian Culture Institute
13 March 2016. Finissage
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Untold Story, I-Hotel 868 Kearny St, 3/F
6:00 PM – Closing Performance, Ross Alley
Jointly undertaken by Marta Dell’Angelo and Summer Mei Ling Lee, the exhibition “Fragile” is a document of and an exploration into the indeterminate nature of artistic collaboration. Over the course of a month, the two artists, one Chinese-American and the other Italian, worked alongside each other, going from strangers to friends, and developing an understanding that reaches beyond words.
An ephemeral catalogue (http://www.mappingthecity.org/fragile-blog.html) records their interactions and reactions in both English and Italian. For the closing reception, the artists have planned a performance artwork on the subject of their collaborative journey, using the iconography of the Pieta, with additional images and sounds from their month-long work together.
Marta Dell’Angelo is an Italian artist who focuses her research on the relationships between the brain and the body.www.martadellangelo.it
Bay Area native Summer Mei Ling Lee explores images of her family as a prefiguring of the unknown. www.summerleeart.com
Italian curator, Marina Pugliese and CCC’s Abby Chen have paired a Milan-based artist with a San Francisco Bay Area native whose respective visual practices have enough similarities and differences to build an engaging dialogue and question the nature of artistic collaboration. The project kicks off with an exhibition jointly created by the two artists. The opening, which takes place in the IIC gallery space, will initiate a constellation of collaborative art actions throughout San Francisco’s urban setting, thus launching an ephemeral archive to document their month-long collaboration. The project will culminate in a concluding performance and story telling in Chinatown for Finissage.
This exhibition is part of Mapping the City, a collaborative project promoted by the Italian Cultural Institute (IIC) of San Francisco and curated by Marina Pugliese, which was conceived to further exchanges among Italian contemporary visual artists and their Bay Area counterparts. Its inherent goal is to broaden the compass of cultural initiatives – which are perhaps too often subject to the limits of an organization’s specific communities. This project was therefore created as an extension outside the physical limits of the Italian Cultural Institute.
Please click here to register for the opening reception at the IIC on the 18th of February.