Residency Projects: 2006-2007 Kala Fellowship Exhibition Part I
Kala Fellowships are awarded annually to eight innovative artists working in installation, video, digital media, printmaking, and book arts. Fellowship artists are selected from a competitive field of applicants from the United States, South America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. Recipient artists receive a financial award and up to six-months residency at Kala’s studio facility followed by an exhibition of their new work. The Kala Gallery is proud to present the first of our three-part exhibition series, Residency Projects, featuring work by our 2006-2007 Fellowship artists.
Freddy Chandra works in a variety of media and processes ranging from wall-based sculptural drawings to installations involving elements of architecture, sculpture and video. Regardless of the media, his works are essentially abstract rhythmic compositions that evoke experiences taking place on the periphery of our consciousness. On view in Residency Projects I, his most recent work titled Three minutes from nowpresents a nine-channel video projection placed within an architectural setting. Three minutes from now frames and re-contextualized fleeting events to conjure a sense of wonder within ordinary moments. Quiet and meditative, the sensation for the viewer is similar to a daydream that connects the present, the past, and those moments yet to come. The experience simultaneously becomes an act of recognition, remembrance and anticipation driven by our desire to understand the present moment in familiar terms. Originally from Indonesia, Freddy Chandra holds a BA degree in Architecture from UC Berkeley and a MFA from Mills where he is currently teaching. His work has been exhibited in various venues in the Bay Area and will be featured in a project space exhibition this fall at The Headlands Center for the Arts.
Su-Chen Hung also works in a variety of processes, yet is most well known for her contemplative labor-intensive site-specific installations. Hung’s simple and elegant works are structured around both conceptual and visual concerns, and serve to examine personal aspects of cultural and social subject matter. Her most recent work, Red Trace, explores the historical background of the Kala Art Institute’s print studio located in a former Heinz ketchup factory. Working with red (ketchup colored) sewing thread and sewing needles, Hung uses printing techniques to leave traces or marks on the walls of the gallery. The marks serve the function of extending the actual physical space of the gallery while investigating aspects of the previous identity of the Heinz building. Originally from Taiwan, Su-Chen Hung studied Chinese Literature before moving to the Bay Area where she received her MFA in Filmmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has an extensive resume of international exhibitions, public art projects, residencies, grants and awards. An installation titled Meandering was presented earlier this year in Taipei.
To learn more about the works of Freddy Chandra and Su-Chen Hung please join us for an Artists’ Talk at the Kala Gallery on Thursday, June 14 at 7:00 pm. The talk is free of charge and open to the public.
The second in our Residency Projects series will present the work of Packard Jennings, Scott Kildall and Stephanie Syjuco from July 12 – August 18. The third in the series will feature the work of Karen McCoy, Daniel Ross and James Sansing from August 30 – October 6 at the Kala Gallery.
Exhibitions are free and open to the public.