Liminal Space/Crossings Public
Daily, Sundown to Midnight
Location: 41 Ross Alley, San Francisco Chinatown
(between Jackson and Washington)
Artist: Summer Mei Ling Lee
Opening: January 19, 2017
"Liminal Space/Crossings" documentary by Jim Choi and Chihiro Wimbush selected for CAAMFest 36
Liminal Space/Crossings is a community project by Bay Area artist Summer Mei Ling Lee. The installation features a public art installation consisting of LED lighting projected throughout the space of the Ross alleyway. This piece of artwork has been conceptualized based on the artist’s 1-year research of Chinatown history, storytelling of local residents, and community outreach, while retrospecting her own experience with her Chinese immigrant grandmother. 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. 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. In a sense, crossing is an unfolding of processes that begins while physically traversing the vast Pacific ocean -- but is also a deeply spiritual and emotional change that lasts for generations to come.
The unveiling on January 19 featured a participatory project with artist Laura Boles Faw. A performative with Gabriel Case from Creative World Music Ensemble and Erhu player Hexuan Li will be presented.
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).