Artist Drawing Club Gathering Among Stars with Ma Li
Utilizing the Asian Art Museum as a nexus where past and future, East and West, and institutions and individuals all meet, Ma Li presents Gathering Among Stars. Li’s “living sculpture” will draw inspiration from the centuries old Lantern Festival in China, where crowds gather to light and watch lanterns, marking the “release” of one’s old self in order to begin anew. Inviting audience members to participate in a similar transformation, the artist will lead the group in the construction of a site-specific, nomadic installation.
Through the Artist-in-Residence program at Recology, Ma Li will use recycled materials to explore the museum’s role as an important point of intersection and interaction. By joining Li in the transformation of discarded materials into art, audience members will celebrate a luminous and more hopeful future, with less waste.
About the artist
Ma Li was born in Fuzhou, China. She is an interdisciplinary artist who creates dreamlike worlds inspired by her Chinese heritage and her experience in a collectivist society. Exploring dichotomies—including hand-crafted/industrial, quotidian/fantasy, traditional/pop culture and natural/manufactured—her work generates momentary ceremonies that investigate the spiritual nature of materials and the relationship between repetition and community engagement. Li earned her Master of Fine Arts at the San Francisco Art Institute, and has received the Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Award, Knight Foundation Grant, and Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowships. She has been a resident artist at Elsewhere Museum and Vermont Studio Center and will be an artist-in-residence at Recology San Francisco through May 2015.
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