Opening Reception: September 11, 6-8PM
Artists Talk: September 12, 7-8PM
Location: 41 Ross, San Francisco
In partnership with Bamboo Curtain Studio of Taiwan and WMA of Hong Kong, Infinite Cycle convenes diverse artistic voices to address how social-minded arts organizations -- and artists as individuals situated within specific geological contexts -- leverage civic awareness of environmental issues through art. The group exhibition explores how art practice and institutional model can be incorporated into the cycle of environmental sustainability, and what that translates back to inform and influence the community at large. As an affiliated event of the Global Climate Action Summit, the exhibition is an invitation to join the global creative conversations around the urgency of taking action and demanding change, calling attention to decision-making processes that are dominated by mainstream authorities.
Stephanie Cheung, Dancecology, Gao Ling, Lee Pei-yu, Cathy Lu, Francis Solano, Weston Teruya, TRES Art Collective
Bamboo Curtain Studio was founded in 1995. It has been long-termed overserving and focusing on three main issues: Artist-in-Residence, Creative Programing in Reuse of Spaces, and Creative city through action research. Through such researches and its international exchanges, it has built a regular unofficial micro culture think tank. Since the project “Art as Environment - A Cultural Action at the Plum Tree Creek” in 2010, BCS has put more concentration on the issues and actions of environment and ecology. BCS was invited to participate the exhibition in National Taiwan Science Education Center, Micro-Micro Revolution in Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) in Manchester, Jakarta Biennial, ArtCop 21 in Paris to share their practices. BCS also set up Green Art Lab Alliance Asia to invite art organizations in Asia to talk about their environmental practices. We wish to influence more people via art movements. BCS, as an international Artist-in-Residence, plays the role of pilot. Art as media to reopen five senses and strengthen the connection with surrounded environment.
Initiated by WYNG Foundation, WMA is a series of non-profit programs developed to spark awareness and engage the public on social issues of great importance to Hong Kong, with a view to fostering positive change. They include WMA Masters, WMA Commission, WMA Open, WMA Student and WMA Film. The programs have been encouraging dialogues through selected annual themes, including “Poverty”, “Air”, “Waste”, “Identity”, “Mobility” and “Transition” in the past. The theme for 2018/19 cycle is “Opportunity”. For more information, please visit wma.hk.
Chinese Culture Center (CCC) is a culturally-rooted arts nonprofit based in San Francisco’s Chinatown with the mission to elevate underserved communities and give voice to equality through education and contemporary art. Over the last decade, it has built a unique reputation for supporting innovative, emerging local artists alongside mid-career international artists, building a shared context for their works that foster transnational artistic dialogues. CCC has had an outsized impact in bringing together these connections for artists who have been underrecognized. As an award winning institution, CCC is a proud partner of the prestigious Andy Warhol Foundation, recipient of the competitive Kenneth Rainin Foundation award, and a finalist for the national Robert E. Gard award for arts and community integration. Founded in 1965, CCC communicates the humanity of our community through arts and culture, and shifts the dominant narrative about Asian Americans.
Supported by: Community Challenges Grant
Additional support: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Grants for the Arts, CCC Contemporaries\
BCS funding is supported by Ministry of Culture of Taiwan (The Rainbow Initiative Funds)
Gao Ling, The Mirror: Hong Kong (The Big Mist Art Project) , 2014. The Mirror Series, a collection of photographs of different cities, uses an absurd aesthetic visual language to warn of how air pollution can bring a city to its extremities. The Mirror: Hong Kongis one city portrayed in The Mirror Series. Courtesy of the Artist.
The Finger Players, A Letter to Zhuwei . A Letter to Zhuwei is a play about how to inspire more people to embark on their own journey to discover the beauty of Zhuwei. This pieces was produced by BCS residency artists The Finger Players from Singapore and local communities. Courtesy of the Artist.
Weston Teruya, Door Knocker , 2016. Part of the space left behind, a body of work created while an artist-in-residence at Recology SF. Courtesy of the Artist.