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Upcoming

2013

Guest Lecture
Women's Interchange at SLAC
(Stanford Linear Accelerator Center)
January 23, 2013

2012

East Wing 10 - Anniversary Exhibition
Courtauld Institute of Art
London, England
through 2012

2010

Gestures of Resistance
The Museum of Contemporary Craft
Portland, Oregon
Jan - May 2010

Depth Of Surface
Fine Arts Gallery
San Francisco State University
Feb 27 - March 25, 2010

SDA/SAQA Conference
Emerging Textile Artists Panel
San Francisco State University
March 20, 2010

International Gender Studies Centre
University of Oxford, UK
Visiting Research Fellow - Trinity Term

Concept + Craft
Pro Arts, Oakland CA
Sept 14 - Oct 23, 2010




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img Born in colonial Hong Kong, Mung Lar Lam is a New York based artist who has shown nationally and internationally. Lam received her MFA degree from California College of the Arts, San Francisco and is currently Associate Director, AAS FM & FD / Assistant Professor at The New School - Parsons School of Fashion


artist statement
Using the qualities of simple reclaimed cloth and methodologies based in rudimentary textile traditions, my work merges drawing, painting, sculpture and architecture to bring about perceptual experiences and spatial studies through the activation of light. Concurrently the practice of domestic, labor-intensive and gender related tasks as an art medium considers and addresses issues of human and social conditions.

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(l top & bottom) ironing studies, 2005, (r) ironings: piecework #3, 2005
ironings: 15 days, 2005
ironings: 15 days - in situ fold diagrams, 2005
piecework#3 & remix - shades of yellow, 2006 [BAB: pulliam deffenbaugh gallery, portland]
ironings: floor study, 2006
ironings: remix - shades of yellow, 2007 [beats per minute, mocfa, sf]
ironings: terrain (Lat: 25' 27' 28 N, Long: 49' 20' 52 E)(detail), 2008 [solo: cafam, la]
ironings installation (detail), 2008 [solo exhibition: craft & folk art museum, la]
ironings installation (detail), 2008 [solo exhibition: craft & folk art museum, la]
re-ironings (detail), 2008 [solo exhibition: craft & folk art museum, la]
ironings installation (detail), 2008 [solo exhibition: craft & folk art museum, la]
wildwood school, la - 3rd grader's ironings
wildwood school, la - 3rd grader's ironings
wildwood school, la - 3rd grader's ironings

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"Ironings" is a domestic, gender-related and labor-intensive body of work created by employing reclaimed cotton fabric (rejected for its color), starch and the manual chore of ironing. Through evolutionary and performative installations, the medium of ironed, re-ironed and un-ironed marks and folds are used to highlight concepts of temporality, transition, memory and perception; while notions of extended and compacted spaces are explored. Concurrently the practice of this cultural and socially specific task questions the positioning of women and labor in society and the relevance of classical art mediums in contemporary art.

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needlemarking: study, 2008
needlemarking: study (without light), 2008
needlemarkings: sampler Triptych - a woman's choice (detail), 2008 [solo ex: cafam, la]
needlemarkings: sampler Triptych - a woman's choice, 2008 [solo ex: cafam, la]
needlemarkings: sampler Triptych - a woman's choice (detail), 2008 [solo ex: cafam, la]
needlemarkings: sampler Triptych - a woman's choice (detail), 2008 [solo ex: cafam, la]
needlemarkings: sampler Triptych - a woman's choice (detail), 2008 [solo ex: cafam, la]

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Needlemarkings utilizes the trace residue of stitching and construction as a mark-making medium, while addressing the historical and cultural positioning of needlework and those who employ it. Referring to needleworked samplers as the first form of women's education, each puncture of light traces the long history of this craft and illuminates socially coded concerns.
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stitchings: triptych detail (untitled), 2006
stitchings: triptych detail (untitled), 2006
stitchings: triptych detail (untitled), 2006
stitchings: triptych detail (untitled), 2006

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Stitchings utilizes the act of hand sewing and thread to sculpt optical and perceptual experiences relative to light and it's transformative quality.
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chalking: study, 2008
chalking: study, 2008
chalking: marker - "they said", 2008 [cca faculty exhibition: oliver gallery, oakland]
chalkings: diptych (flag etiquette), 2008 [solo ex: craft and folk art museum, la]

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Chalkings, at once additive and reductive, are ephemeral pieces created using tailor's chalk.
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Artist catalog with essays by Jennifer McCabe, Kate Eilertsen and Charles Beronio
//purchase on lulu.com//

MEDIA LINKS
Video Interview: MOCC, Portland, OR
Sprayblog Interview
Video Slide Show: SF Gate