Liminal Space – Crossings By Summer Lee
Liminal Space – Crossings is a public artwork that will be installed in Winter 2016 in the Ross Alley at San Francisco Chinatown. Led by artist Summer Lee, Liminal Space – Crossings consists of LED lighting projected throughout the space for the pedestrians to experience an aesthetic crossing as they commute through the alleyway. The lighting will flicker in the way that light gleams off the ocean, as well as form a darkening gradation of light towards the center of the alley, to simulate the deepening of the ocean between bodies of land. In this way, the moment of crossing will reference an ocean journey, as anyone who has come from China or travels to China traverses an ocean. This ocean is a symbolic and romantic motif, at once an endless horizon, but also a poignant site and moment of real transfiguration.
Lee will collect stories of crossings made by both community members and people of Chinese descent who has experienced the crossing to China as a foreigner. Workshops, community gathering, and a celebration event will be held to highlight these stories.
Liminal Space – Crossings is curated and organized by Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco. Supporting sponsors are: SFAC Community Challenge Grant, SFAC Artists and Communities in Partnership Grant, CAC Creative California Communities, NEA Our Town Grant.
Summer Mei Ling Lee holds BA degree from Stanford University and a MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Using a range of media, Lee’s recent work draws from her personal ancestry to expose the limitations of the “consciousness of objects” and seeks an image of what transcending those limits might be.
Her work has been shown at Southern Exposure (San Francisco, CA), Kadist Foundation Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Tangent Gallery (Sacramento, CA), Woman-Made Gallery (Chicago, IL), Sanchez Art Center (Pacifica, CA), University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA), Studio 110 Projects (Sausalito, CA), Bamboo Curtain Studio (Taipei), Fei Contemporary Art Center (Shanghai).