Throughout 2013, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco has presented the exhibition Proximities, already divided into two parts. The first was What Time Is It There, which ran from May 24th to July 21st, and featured works with themes related to landscape, both imagined and real. Then from October 11th to December 8th, came Knowing Me, Knowing You, which examined Asia through family and community, and was also known for the title to have come from the 1977 hit by ABBA.
Now this Friday, the Asian Art Museum presents the third and final show of the Proximities series titled Import/Export. This is a feature of works that traces through the cycles of commerce, manufacturing and shifting values, which have connected through Asia and the West since ancient times, in turn become subjects of art.
The exhibition features six contemporary artists, all of which have looked into the inspiration brought on by the economic relationships between the Asian region, and the West. Leslie Shows taps into the raw materials passing through from the Bay Area and back, while Rebecca Bollinger explores manufactured commercial objects imported into the United States. Imin Yeh focuses on skill and labor requirements for craft objects, while Byron Peters explores the markets of technology, labor and data exchange. Finally, Jeffery Augusting Songco looks onto the import and wholesale acceptance of Asian relaxation techniques, and Amanda Curreri goes inside the covert signals of commerce and economies of military strength and power.
This final installment of the Proximities series is on view until February 23rd. Log on to www.asianart.org for more information.