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News: I joined Ortega y Gasset, and begin a Midwest season

I am now part of Ortega y Gasset Projects, a cross-country artist’s collective. You may have heard of it as one of the many artist-run project spaces in the 17-17 Troutman building in Ridgewood, Queens, NY. Now, we’re working on itinerant programming, including a show of our own work that opens next weekend in the Chicago metro area.

November 15–December 13, 2014
EARTHTWERKS & Other Celestial Familiars

SideCar Gallery
Hammond, IN
Artists: Lauren Frances Adams (MD), Eleanna Anagnos (NY), Joshua Bienko (TN), Clare Britt (IL), Eric Hibit (NY), Fritz Horstman (CT), Leeza Meksin (NY), Sheilah Wilson (OH), Zahar Vaks (NY), Christine Wong Yap (NY).
Reception: Saturday, November 15, 5–10

I’m currently working towards two other opportunities in the Midwest in 2015: a group show in Cincinnati, OH, and a residency in Wichita, KS. Looking forward to seeing more of this amazing country.

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Make Things (Happen), Sights

Get Excited: Artists Make Things (Happen)

Check out these shows featuring make things (happen) artists! 

Through 6/22
Surveillapocalypse
Five Myles, Brooklyn
(Maria HupfieldDavid Gregory Wallace)

Through 6/30
SIP 2013 Fellowship Show Part 1
Blackburn 20|20, NYC
(Dionis Ortiz)

Through June
Lexa WalshMapping the Archive
de Young Museum, San Francisco

Through 7/6
Piero PassacantandoI Paint You, You Paint Me
Ed Varie, NYC

6/21–8/17
Sondheim Finalists Exhibition
The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
(Lauren F. Adams)

And help make things (happen) artists support great alternative art spaces!

Take Genevieve Quick’s personalized tour of OMCA for Royal Nonesuch Gallery’s fundraiser.

Help Islington Mill* purchase a bus to provide access and mobility for its numerous artists/musicians/visitors (*co-founded by Maurice Carlin).

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Citizenship, Sights

Artists Answer Institutions’ Unasked Question

A Brooklyn artist self-organizes an exhibition in her own studio to make a brilliant, affirmative counter-statement to the problem of women’s under-representation in museum exhibitions and biennials.

The 2014 Whitney Houston Biennial: I’m Every Woman
Sunday, March 9, 4-8pm (one night only)
20 Jay Street, Suite 207, Dumbo, Brooklyn

“The biennial comes as a response to the continuing minimal representation of women artists in major museums and galleries. To bring some balance to the art institutions in New York this season, curator and artist Christine Finley will host more than fifty female artists from a varied range of geographic and cultural backgrounds, disciplines, methodologies, and generations. The artists studio will be transformed into an inviting, living space, a salon filled with work from artists including Mickalene Thomas, Guerilla Girls, Swoon, Sienna Shields, and Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens. The aim of bringing together so many creative voices is to sing a collective song that celebrates the contributions of pioneer female artists and marks a moment in our communal trajectory.”

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6/27–8/30: summertime… @ jenkins johnson gallery

Exhibition view, Summertime... at Jenkins Johnson Gallery,

Exhibition view, Summertime… at Jenkins Johnson Gallery. Two of my ribbon texts are on view alongside lovely ribbon-based wall works by Vadis Turner.

June 27–August 30, 2013
Summertime…

Jenkins Johnson Gallery
521 W. 26th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001
Summer gallery hours: Mon–Fri, 10am–6pm

Works by Shawn Huckins, Vadis Turner, and Christine Wong Yap. The exhibition features works of varying media and content, though all embody the dedication to contemporary art and mastering their media that Jenkins Johnson Gallery strives to propagate.

Christine Wong Yap, hope for good, allow for even better, 2012, ribbon, thread, pins, 51.5 × 47 in / 1.3 × 1.2 m

Christine Wong Yap, hope for good, allow for even better, 2012, ribbon, thread, pins, 51.5 × 47 in / 1.3 × 1.2 m

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The Present Group Issue #21 is here!

Christine Wong Yap. Ten Banners for Home and Office, 2012, three-color screen print on cut holographic vinyl, edition of 50, 13.5x19 inches.

Christine Wong Yap. Ten Banners for Home and Office, 2012, three-color screen print on cut holographic vinyl, edition of 50, 13.5×19 inches.

The Present Group Issue #21 is now available! It’s a new poster / sticker sheet. Each of the ten banners can be removed and adhered to various surfaces, such as walls, mugs, or dashboards. You can also write on the banners, creating memos of things to celebrate.

I created the design especially for The Present Group, an Oakland, CA subscription art service. I styled and photographed an array of ribbons, and shot numerous exposures for the cyan shadings. It was printed by Forthrite Printing in Oakland, CA in a limited edition of 50.

In addition, The Present Group produced an audio interview, commissioned an essay by artist and writer Sarah Hotchkiss, and posted a page of annotated links. I’m so grateful for all the long hours and hard work they put into this project—huge thanks to E and O. I was also moved by Sarah’s reaction:

“Instead of preserving the sticker sheet as a whole, I want to test the sticker’s ability to dazzle me for days on end. My six-year-old self wouldn’t understand, but Christine’s stickers lead me to understand something of myself and her practice simultaneously: distributing good and cheerful things into the world begets real and lasting pleasure.”

—Sarah Hotchkiss, “The Sparkle Effect,” essay accompanying The Present Group Issue #21

Since the poster is holographic, it reflects in rainbow colors. You can see some of this effect via an animated GIF at The Present Group site. You can also see the poster in person in Kearny Street Workshop’s exhibition, Nomad, which opens this Friday, September 28. I’ll also show another screenprint project as well.

September 28–December 14, 2012
Kearny Street Workshop presents
Nomad: Art from Four Decades of KSW’s Wanderings
Reception: Friday, September 28, 2012, 6–9pm
I-Hotel Manilatown Center, 868 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Gallery Hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays, 1–6pm

The Present Group is a subscription art service, but individual orders are available. For how much? You might be pleasantly surprised.

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Opening Wed., Feb. 1: In Other Words @ Intersection for the Arts

I’m very excited to be part of this exhibition at Intersection for the Arts. I’ll have over 40 Positive Signs drawings—including several new ones not yet posted on SFMOMA’s Open Space—on view. I am familiar with the work of some of the other artists, and I think it’s a very promising line-up.

Positive Sign #59, 2011, glitter pen, gridded vellum, 8.5 × 11 in / 21.5 × 28 cm

Positive Sign #59, 2011, glitter pen, gridded vellum, 8.5 × 11 in / 21.5 × 28 cm

February 1–March 24, 2012
In Other Words
Intersection for the Arts
925 Mission Street, San Francisco CA 94103

Members VIP Reception: Wed, February 1, 6-7pm
Opening Reception: Wed, February 1, 7-9pm
Gallery hours: Tue–Sat, 12–6pm
Free admission

In Other Words is a group exhibition that looks at language and its capacity to clarify and confuse, convene and separate, inspire and discourage. Language can excite our spirit, comfort our feelings, and inform our intellect; it can also extinguish desire, destroy confidence, and cloud perception. By exploring a range of areas concerning the influence and evolution of language in our lives — the impact of technology, the obscurity of industry-specific terminology, the psychological internalization of language, and the recontexutalization of language — the artists in this exhibition demonstrate through a diversity of media the many ways in which we strive to communicate to each other.

In Other Words features work by Katie Gilmartin, Julia Goodman, Emanuela Harris-Sintamarian, Susan O’Malley, Meryl Pataky, Alex Potts, Cassie Thornton, Annie Vought and Christine Wong Yap.

Related programs:

IN OTHER WORDS: SF LIBRARY READING LIST
February 1 | Free
In celebration of our new exhibit, the San Francisco Public Library will share a suggested reading list that reflects the power and diversity of language.

(By coincidence, James Geary’s I is an Other—a book on metaphors that inspired Positive Signs—is on the reading list!)

IN OTHER WORDS: BLOG CONTEST
February 1-March 24 | Free
Every couple weeks, we’ll have a new call out for fun images and stories! Participants email us their content. Top submissions will appear on our website and a handful of lucky contributors are chosen to receive special prizes!

IN OTHER WORDS: BALDERDASH
March 21 | 7PM | $10-$15
Do you like word games and team activities? Familiar and foreign terms from the arts, business, finance, and social service worlds set the stage for a game where YOU are the expert. Join us for an uncensored friendly competition where fictitious and honest definitions abound. Sign up as a team for a round of Balderdash hosted by author Michelle Tea to show off your smarts and win prizes!

IN OTHER WORDS: ARTISTS TALK
March 24 | 2PM | Free
The “In Other Words” exhibit comes to a close. Please join us in this candid talk to hear directly from the creative minds that graced our gallery with such fun and thought-provoking art.

theintersection.org

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Opening tomorrow, 6-8pm: Voices of Home

Give Thanks (installation detail at Untitled Gallery / Project Space Leeds), 2011, installation of 39 flags: satin ribbon, linen, gratitude statements; dimensions site-variable; each flag 12 x 18 in / 30 x 45 cm. Photo: Katie Rutherford/Untitled Gallery, Manchester, UK.

Give Thanks (installation detail at Untitled Gallery / Project Space Leeds), 2011, installation of 39 flags: satin ribbon, linen, gratitude statements; dimensions site-variable; each flag 12 x 18 in / 30 x 45 cm. Photo: Katie Rutherford/Untitled Gallery, Manchester, UK.

I’m very excited to exhibit two new text-and-ribbon installations, as well as a collection of Flag Snowflake collages. None of these projects have been shown in the US before.

January 12–February 25, 2012
Voices of Home

Jenkins Johnson Gallery
521 W. 26th Street, 5th Floor (near 10th Ave)
New York, NY 10001
Opening: Thursday, January 12, 6–8pm
Gallery hours: Tue–Sat, 10am–6pm

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