Eight artists from San Francisco and the Bay Area — Choppy Oshiro, Emerald Maher, Eryn Kimura, Hanna Chen, O.M France, Susie Kagami, The Rooted Recipes Project, Vasudhaa Narayanan — will be present at the multidisciplinary art exhibition Agrarianaa: Art Inspired by APA Agricultural Roots, part of the United States of Asian America Festival opening on May 2nd and continuing through May 23rd at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St, San Francisco.
From the Richmond District:
Choppy Oshiro – Okinawan American
Paper, Photography, Graphic Designer
Choppy Oshiro grew up in Hawaii and complements her passion for creating art around community/social justice issues by providing design/photojournalism services for National Nurses United. Her medium includes the art of paper-cutting inspired by katagami, a traditional Japanese stencil art designed for fabric printing. She has served on the board of directors for Kearny Street Workshop.
From the Sunset District:
Hanna Chen – Taiwanese
Color Pencil & Gel Ink on Black Paper • https://hannacchen.wixsite.com/taiwanesenoodles
Hanna Chen focuses on themes of home, Taiwanese heritage, and intersectional feminism. Chen’s pieces implement gross, yet alluring, imagery that invite viewers to explore their own intersectional experiences. Having trained in the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, Chen primarily uses oil paints, woodblock prints, and fine point ink pens.
The opening reception, May 2nd from 6-9 p.m., will feature a performance by Patricia Ong and Roseli Ilano and a pop-up shop featuring affordable artwork by Agrarianaa artists. A literary reading curated by Bonnie M. Kwong will take place at the closing reception on May 23rd from 6:00-9:00pm. Visitors are also invited to bring seeds, plants and cuttings for a participatory plant swap to occur at the closing reception.
Dates: May 2–23, 2019
Location: SOMArts Cultural Center, Main Gallery, 934 Brannan St., San Francisco
Hours: Tuesday – Friday, noon–7 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m.
Opening Reception & Performances: May 2, 6-9 p.m.
Closing Reception & Literary Reading: May 23, 6-9 p.m.