Urban Imprints Closing Reception at the Asian Resource Gallery

Friday, August 2, 2013 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Asian Resource Center Art Gallery, Lobby Level
310 8th Street
94607 Oakland , CA


Urban Imprints: Scratching the Surface

On exhibit May 1 - August 2, 2013​

Gallery Hours:
Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Co-presented by Kearny Street Workshop

​Featured Artists:
Paz de la Calzada
Marie-Jose Durquet
Mayumi Hamanaka
Sun Hongbin

Abby Chen (Chinese Culture Center)
Lucy Seena K. Lin

The exhibition showcases four artists whose works dialogue with the urban environment; its structures and surfaces. Sun Hongbin captures markings on walls in Beijing, China, left from interactions with individuals. Whether intentional or unintentional in its imprints, the markings represent a collision between people and the urban experience. Mayumi Hamanaka in her cutouts of landscapes and terrains actively reclaims site and history. Her images tying place together through time reflects the need to make connections in order to keep the history of events in a collective memory. Marie-­José Durquet’s pieces comment on the environmental impact of urbanization. The works exist in two-­‐dimensional form as well as public art where those encountering urban areas may witness the subtle interventions. Furthering active mark making in the public sphere, Paz de la Calzada creates large murals on city surfaces. Her mural of hair can be seen weaving through the length of a building wall. In her animations, she projects the possibility of her drawings to activate multiple urban surfaces. These interventions allow a glimpse of how we perceive and affect the surrounding environment. The artists in Urban Imprints: Scratching the Surface reveal that cities are alive and in constant evolution. The exhibition points to how we, as people, exist within them.

The views and opinions of the exhibitions at the Asian Resource Center do not necessarily reflect those of its sponsoring organization, EBALDC.