Patricia Wakida

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Chinatown storefront satellite installations   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Tamara Albaitis, Nancy Chan, Anita Wen-Shin Chang, Julie Chang, Thomas Chang, Sergio de la Torre, Cui Fei, Khiang H. Hei, Justin Hoover, Bu Hua, Arthur Huang, Suzanne Husky, Larry Lee, Sean Marc Lee, Liting Liang, Lucy Kalyani Lin, Ken Lo, Fang Lu, Maleonn, David Yun & Michelle Yun, Elizabeth Moy, Ming Mur-Ray, Tucker Nichols, Nadim Sabella, Zachary Royer Scholz, Indigo Som, Charlene Tan, Patrick Tsai, Imin Yeh, Xudong Yu at Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco May 1st, 2009 - August 23rd, 2009
Posted 6/8/09
Chinatown is a flurry of storefronts and enterprising hawkers selling imported goods out of the box, right there on the sidewalk. As a satellite of the exhibition, Present TENSE Biennial – Chinese Character-, presented by the Chinese Culture Center on Kearny Street, nine storefront windows facing the bustling streets of Chinatown contain artist installations.  The installations themselves are curious— Imin Yeh’s random household objects wrapped in patterned cloth, which quietly... [more]
Sacred Mountain @ St Mary's   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Hearst Art Gallery May 2nd, 2009 - July 3rd, 2009
Posted 6/8/09
A quest for divine beauty and the role of the artist in preserving and exalting images of sacred nature provides the poetic foundation of Sacred Mountain is curated by St. Mary’s Hearst Gallery collections manager, Julie Armistead, who arduously collected and researched the artists, as the extended captions indicate. The show itself is impressive alone in its breadth (the earliest Mount Fuji work is from circa 1810, and the earliest Mount Diablo work from 1854; the most... [more]
Fuku Americanus   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Carlos Aguirre, Maria Candelaria, Vanessa Cota, Biko Eisen-Martin, Anna Maria Luera, Brian Rivera at Intersection for the Arts/ Intersection 5M May 14th, 2009 - July 12th, 2009
Posted 6/8/09
The beauty of Junot Diaz’s writing is in the language- Diaz has located a smooth pidgin of street slang circa 1980, crossed with Dominican Spanish, born somewhere in the projects of New Jersey and brought it deftly to the page. Adapting his Pulitzer-prize winning novel, into a stage play was no mean task, given the epic malaise of slavery, war and dictatorship the novel covered, as told through a Dominican American household caught in the rapacious maw of a curse, or fúku, that lives... [more]
The Letter Table   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 4/5/09
    Headlands Center for the Arts is located in Fort Barry in the Marin Headlands 944 Simmonds Road, 3rd Floor, Building 944 Sausalito, CA 12 – 5 Tuesday – Friday, and Saturday, April 6 -20, 2009 FREE and open to the public    On a day when the sky is an impossible, cerulean blue and your longings to inspire the creative self punch beyond the outlines of the city, do yourself some good and gambol towards the Headlands Center for the Arts.  Installed at the Headlands’ Project Space from... [more]
Metamorphosis   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Dana Harel at Gallery Wendi Norris April 2nd, 2009 - May 3rd, 2009
Posted 4/5/09
Dana Harel’s new graphite works on paper ask what kinship lies between man and other animals through a series of silvery black images that wrestle out the meaning to the riddle. Her drawings of hands poised in stages of metamorphosis are infused with a gorgeous, naked violence that reminds one of the feral necessity of being human, to use the hand to procure one’s food and substance. Yet the detail in which she demonstrates the difference between say thumb and claw reveals a... [more]
Delight in a Moment at the Center of the Earth   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Nick Cave at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts March 28th, 2009 - July 5th, 2009
Posted 4/4/09
Some might say that Chicago artist Nick Cave’s “Soundsuits” are fashion costumes or perhaps dance properties relegated to the category of craft. But upon visiting the work currently on exhibit at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, I immediately recognized Cave's as vigorous objects of empowerment. The exhibition features mixed-media, wearable sculptures, named for the auditory effect of the sculptures when worn. Throughout the show, the eye is flooded by the complexity of Cave’s... [more]
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