Redwood City Improvement Association Invests in Art Kiosk Installation in Downtown’s Courthouse Square
-RCIA has partnered with Fung Collaboratives to create an artistic place for local artists to display their work in the community for all to enjoy-
The Art Kiosk aims to bring thought-provoking Installation Art to Redwood City, CA and the Bay Area through ten, month-long exhibitions, throughout 2019. Artists from the region and around the world have been invited to realize their ambitious site-specific commissions – often with the assistance of local volunteers, artists and vendors. Each artist has researched the City and its history and people to conceive their new temporary installation so that each exhibition is meaningful and relevant to the viewers. The initiative was conceived and curated by Lance Fung. Donated project management of the exhibition series is provided by Fung Collaboratives.
The Redwood City Improvement Association funded the initiative for 2019 through their generous grant program. Redwood City acts as the logistical partner and it’s Civic Cultural Commission awarded the project a seed grant to support collateral educational projects for participating artists in Redwood City.
For more information, schedule of upcoming exhibitions, artist talks, and all other events please visit www.fungcollaboratives.org.
August 2019 Art Installation
Jennifer Wen Ma
Cry Joy Park –– Into the Looking Glass
Curated by Lance M. Fung
August 3 - September 2, 2019
Free public opening reception: Saturday, August 3, 4 PM
About the installation
Cry Joy Park – Into the Looking Glass, from Jennifer Wen Ma’s current body of work, looks at notions of utopia and dystopia from multiple perspectives and examines the value systems that humans create when building civilizations. These systems are often composed of opposing forces in need of reconciliation and balance. This site-specific installation creates multiple layers of interior and exterior spaces through vertically suspended black and white paper gardens. The exterior garden wall is black and austere, while the white interior garden is light and airy, seemingly soft and inviting. However, the interior is not physically accessible. The visitor can only look through small openings in the black garden walls. Furthermore, these limited access points are fixed with wide angle lenses, therefore the view is distorted.
In the Cry Joy Park series, contrasting black and white paper gardens invite the audience into an imagined utopian and dystopian landscape to explore various issues of social inequality, beneath the umbrella of environmental justice.* Into the Looking Glass at Redwood City Art Kiosk, highlights the issue of access and division created by the tech boom.
*Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
About the Artist
Jennifer Wen Ma is a visual artist whose interdisciplinary practice bridges varied media such as installation, painting and drawing, video, design, performance, theatre and public art; often bringing together unlikely elements in a single piece, creating sensitive, poetic and poignant works. She works in New York and Beijing.
Ma has exhibited with Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Qatar Museums, Vancouver Art Gallery, Ullens Center For Contemporary Art, The Phillips Collection, Guggenheim Bilbao, National Art Museum of China, Performa 13, Sydney Biennale, Echigo-Tsumari Triennial, Singapore Biennale, among others.
In 2015, Ma visually designed and directed installation opera Paradise Interrupted, previewed at the Temple of Dendur, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and performed at Lincoln Center Festival, Singapore International Festival of Arts, 2016, and Spoleto Festival USA, 2015. The opera is now touring internationally. In 2008, Ma was a core creative-team-member of the
Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, and received an Emmy award for its US broadcast.