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Calligraffiti: Writing in Contemporary Chinese and Latino Art at the Pacific Asia Museum (Sept. 17, 2009-Jan. 17, 2010)

Posted in Past Exhibitions, Square Word Calligraphy by xubing on September 11, 2009
Across the Divide, by Xu Bing, Vince Cavallo, Scud, Duce, and Sano. Pasadena, CA, 2003. Oil and Acrylic on Vinyl. Pacific Asia Museum Collection, 2003.31.1C.

Across the Divide, by Xu Bing, Vince Cavallo, Scud, Duce, and Sano. Pasadena, CA, 2003. Oil and Acrylic on Vinyl. Pacific Asia Museum Collection, 2003.31.1C.

Across the Divide (2003), a collaborative graffiti mural by Xu Bing, Vince Cavallo, Scud, Duce, and Sano, will be displayed at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, CA, as part of its upcoming exhibition, Calligraffiti: Writing in Contemporary Chinese and Latino Art.

The exhibition explores the process of writing in art, as well as the correlation between the elevated form, calligraphy, and its historically de-valued twin, graffiti. Suggesting that these visual practices mirror each other, Calligraffiti presents works that critique social and artistic frames of reference. By layering languages, histories, and philosophies, the works trace evolving paradigms of artistic thought and practice to foster an understanding of socio-cultural multiplicity.

Other artists featured in the exhibition include: Chaz Bojorquez, Vince Cavallo, Cre8, Desi W.O.M.E., Duce, Fung Ming Chip, Gronk, Gu Wenda, Julianna Hernandez, Keo, Leo Limon, Man One, Minette Lee Mangahas, Sano, Scud, John Valadez, Vyal, Yu-Kang Yang, Zhang Dali, Zheng Chongbin, and Zender.

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