April 15th, 2022
Friday, April 15th - 5:00PM
41 Ross/ Ross Alley
The Chinese Culture Center and 41 Ross Artist-in-Residence Heesoo Kwon welcomes you to Leymusoom Sarang-bang Grand Opening!
This event’s namesake “Sarangbang” (사랑방, 舍廊房) references a study and leisure room located in Korean traditional houses that were designated only for men. However, when you take the Korean word apart, ‘sarang’ means love, and ‘bang’ means room. For the artist, the ‘Room of Love” emerges as a conceptual space for prospering feminism and queer fluidity through leisure and communal activities. On Friday April 15, join us at the “Sarangbang '' to explore a digital shrine of Chinatown small businesses, play time-travel ping pong, hang out by the shrimp BBQ, and be a part of the Leymusoom universe!
The 41 Ross Artist-in-Residence Program is an exchange platform for artists to develop new work and expand on community-based practices located in SF’s Chinatown. As a part of the artist’s ongoing practice “Leymusoom,” this ceremony is co-created with community members and is inspired by the urban conditions of the neighborhood, while also marking the midway point of Heesoo’s 3-month residency period. Follow the journey of Heesoo Kwon’s residency at 41 Ross, behind-the-scenes, and more: @41.ross.
Recognizing the neighborhood as a universe of converging connections and relationships , the artist brings together community members and Asian diaspora guest artists to celebrate our past, present and future with a communal ceremony.
5:00 PM | Doors open
5:30 - 7:30PM | Ceremony hosted by Heesoo Kwon
Shrimp Car March by Andrew Sungtaek Ingersoll and Oliver Hawk Holden (starting point at CCC)
Taste of Desire by Sun Park
Rhythmic Dances by Portsmouth Square Dance Club
Communal 3D Scanning by Heesoo Kwon
Hwa Performance by Hwa Records
The event will be hybrid outdoor/indoor. 41 Ross will be open to the public during the event. Masks are required in indoor spaces. We will be checking proof of vaccination with a valid ID. Refreshments will be provided, but limited to outdoor consumption. RSVP strongly recommended.
ABOUT LEAD ARTIST HEESOO KWON
Heesoo Kwon is a visual artist and anthropologist from South Korea currently based in the Bay Area, California. In 2017, Kwon initiated an autobiographical feminist religion Leymusoom, as an ever-evolving exploration of her family histories and feminist liberation. Kwon received her Masters of Fine Art from UC Berkeley in 2019. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Et Al and Studio 2W, San Francisco; Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Berkeley; and CICA Museum and Visual Space Gunmulsai, South Korea. She has participated in group exhibitions at the CICA Museum; BAMPFA, Berkeley; 47 Canal, New York; Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco; Slash Gallery, San Francisco; and Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK, among others. In 2012 Kwon received the Female Inventor of the Year Award from the Korean Intellectual Property Office. Her other accolades include the Young Korean Artist Award from the CICA Museum, a finalist in the 20th Seoul International ALT Cinema & Media Festival, a finalist of the Sheffield DocFest Arts Programme, the Roselyn Schneider Eisner Prize for Photos and Art Practice from UC Berkeley, a finalist of the Queer|Art|Prize of recent works in 2021, a finalist of the SECA award in 2022.
Sun Park is a visual artist currently pursuing an MFA in Visual Art at San Francisco State University, where she teaches digital art, and co-founded the Art Student Union. In her work, permeable containers morph and atrophy. The environments she creates invite viewers into a deeply intimate internal space, an embodied space that exists beyond symbols. With no solid ground or single point of origin, her work leaves room for the unknown and calls on the viewers’ intuition. Through interactive installation and video, she considers entangled bodies – human bodies, animal bodies, bodies of water, divine bodies, or a community- and the physical sensation of their porosity. Viewers witness a process of growth and decay through layers of touch, sight, sound, color, and texture. Dredged up from the depths, intermeshed with coral and mudstone, ceramic objects become unrecognizable. Viewers touch slime and sand, skin meeting skin, soft and cool. Animate blobs pulse, dirt trickles from secret cavities, fluids drip from ducts, amorphous forms spill into each other. Portsmouth Square Dance Club is composed of local community women dancing as a form of exercise, socialization and dance. They meet once a week at Portsmouth Square.
Andrew Sungtaek Ingersoll
Born in Los Angeles, CA and raised just outside of Camp Pendleton, the Marine Corp base north of San Diego, Andrew Sungtaek Ingersoll (b.1993) is a sculptor and multimedia artist pulling from two familial lineages, one of US military service members, and the other of Korean immigrants. Utilizing elements from traditional Korean crafts and music combined with commonly manufactured items such as sporting equipment and domestic objects, Ingersoll creates sculptural inventions, rituals, and installations through processes of wood and metal fabrication, DIY robotics, and self-taught engineering.
Oliver Hawk Holden
Oliver Hawk Holden is a San Francisco-based artist whose work takes a satirical, yet deeply intimate look at the world and pulls mostly figurative imagery of distinct moments into a semi-autobiographical figurative collage. His practice includes kinetic sculpture, painting, and installation. He holds a degree in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute (BFA), where he studied under John Defazio, Alicia McCarthy, Terry Powers, and Jeremy Morgan. His work has been featured in Juxtapoz and he has exhibited at Evergold Gallery, Incline Gallery, R/SF Gallery, and FaceBook AIR Mural Residency San Francisco.
Hwa Records is a team of Korean diasporic performance-based artists and healers composed of Roger Kim, Saewon Oh, Kayla Tange, and Caroline Yoo. Hwa Records was conceived after Caroline Yoo was diagnosed with Hwa-byung in 2020. Hwa-byung (fire sickness) is a Korean folk syndrome attributed to the suppression of anger where pent up emotions then manifest in the body. While the diagnosis in South Korea occurs primarily in middle-aged to older women suffering under a prevalently patriarchal society, it can also be caused by the displacement stress of balancing two cultures - in this case, Korean and American. Hwa Records uses intimate workshops and experimental performances to create community space for diasporic Koreans to discuss and alleviate some of these pressures, and to create places to collectively process the ever-present, but only recently acknowledged racism directed towards Asians.
About Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco
Chinese Culture Center (CCC) is a non-profit arts organization established in 1965. CCC elevates underserved communities and gives voice to equality through education and contemporary art. Rooted in San Francisco’s Chinatown, CCC is a loud and creative voice to uplift social and economical transformation. We provide a safe environment for artists who champion activism, resiliency, and healthy communities. In doing so, we shift dominant narratives, empower change, and reimagine our futures.
Artistic programming at 41 Ross is proudly supported by
#StartSmall, Fleishhacker Foundation, San Francisco Foundation
San Francisco Grants for the Arts, California Arts Council, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, CCC Contemporaries