Our coworking space shares its first floor with The Intersection for the Arts, which has an awesome exhibit ending next weekend. Chico & Chang was curated to explore Latino (Hence, “Chico.”) and Asian (Hence, “Chang.”) cultures in California.
The pieces are truly multimedia, but they’re not too high on the esoteric installation spectrum to be inaccessible. One piece is life-size, which of course is impressive – But my favorite part is (no surprise) the miniature bits, best exemplified by Tracy Snelling’s Mexicalichina:
Snelling’s strikes a chord with me because the artist’s approach is one of my favorite unscheduled pastimes. “Driving down the street at night, I look at the lit windows of the houses that I pass, and I wonder who lives there,” she says. It’s true. If I’m sitting in the passenger side of a car and the lights are on inside the home, you can bet I’m trying to capture little vignette’s of other people’s lives. If I have the time, I make up a story about those people. It’s all in good spirits, and I’m glad I’m not the only one who does this. (Never mind that Snelling turns her voyeurism into art and I just keep mine to my creepy self.)
Seeing Mexicalichina in real life is more fun for the same reason – You can see all the miniature window-scenes Snelling has dressed up for you. Some expected, some not, just like in life. More pictures of the piece here, in case the video’s just too fuzzy for your tastes.
Intersecting two worlds I only know superficially, Takehito Etani’s series mixes Japanese with Mexican in Harajuku Nope-Ople vs. Luchadores:
I don’t know how Etani managed to group the erasings by color, but I’m impressed! Not related at all, but this reminds me of a souvenir jar of Tinkerbell pixie dust my parents bought for my sister. I was so jealous. (It was a bottle of gold glitter. Flying powers not included.)
The exhibit’s last day is August 20th. Go see and hear it – Many of these installations require your full attendance.
Chico & Chang
June 11 to August 20, 2011
12:00-6:00 pm daily
The Intersection for the Arts
925 Mission Street
San Francisco, California 94103