Monday, April 21, 2008 - Saturday, May 24, 2008, 2008

How I Learned To... by Weston Teruya & Michele Carlson

How I Learned To... by Weston Teruya & Michele Carlson

How I Learned To...
by Weston Teruya & Michele Carlson

April 21 - May 24, 2008
Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat, 12-6pm, FREE
Opening Reception: Monday April 21, 6-9pm
Artists Talk: Saturday May 24, 2pm

A collaborative installation by Weston Teruya & Michele Carlson that looks at the construction of nationhood and identity through a sculptural disruption of institutional educational spaces. This project exposes the power dynamics contained within the architecture and set-up of traditional American classrooms and explores how histories of marginalized communities are taught and absorbed into concepts of nationhood and citizenship. This new installation destabilizes and re-imagines the environment that we learn and grow up in.

Weston Teruya was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai'i and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area after a nine year stint at various points in the greater Los Angeles area. He has facilitated community and youth arts projects with organizations including the Youth Justice Coalition, Public Allies - Los Angeles, Strategic Actions for a Just Economy, Little Tokyo Service Center and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center's PAPAYA youth program. He currently works for the San Francisco Arts Commission's Cultural Equity Grants program. Weston received an MFA in Painting and Drawing and MA in Visual & Critical Studies (Visual Criticism) from California College of the Arts. His academic research interests include contemporary practices by artists of color, Asian American Studies, piracy, settler colonialism in Hawai'i, and speculative fictions. Weston has exhibited artwork at Patricia Sweetow Gallery, Southern Exposure, the di Rosa Preserve and BLK/MRKT Gallery. He is represented by Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco.

www.westonteruya.com/

Michele Carlson was born in Seoul, Korea. She received her MFA in Printmaking and MA in Visual & Critical Studies (Visual Criticism) from California College of the Arts. She received her BA in History & Interdisciplinary Visual Arts and her BFA in Printmaking from the University of Washington. Her academic research interests focus on issues of difference and identity, Asian American studies, transnational adoption, popular culture, and art analysis; contemporary art practices with an interest in artists who focus on issues of difference and identity, race, gender and sexuality, narrative, drawing, text, and craft. She has exhibited her work locally at Patricia Sweetow Gallery, On Six Gallery, Kearny Street Workshop, Giant Robot, and San Francisco Arts Commmission Gallery, and at Tin Lark Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Okok Gallery (Seattle, WA), Korean Cultural Center (Los Angeles, CA), and Junc Gallery (Los Angeles, CA).

www.michelecarlson.com/

"Weston Teruya's...provocative mixed-media works on paper articulate powerful cycles of creation and destruction." - Glen Helfand, Artforum

"...to appreciate Michele Carlson's [work]...you could be jumping up and down and not miss out." - Hiya Swanhuser, SF Weekly

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