2005 – 2006

Butternut Ink: the 14th Annual Exhibition

September 24 – November 25, 2004

Held in Collaboration with the Korea Society

Participating Artists:

The Topography of Absence

November 19 – December 31, 2004

Curated by Katarina Wong, this exhibition offers different ways artists delve into the landscape of their own experiences in an attempt to understand and grasp absence as fullness. Through work that offers viewers a series of quiet meditations of overlooked actions, impulses and detritus, the empty trivial mundane moments of life are given an unexpected wonder. By examining the topography of their lives, artists find overlooked landscapes, not unlike the visual voyage through a Chinese landscape painting, providing an opportunity for us to re-assess what is truly important.

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為盼 New York Eviction Blues

March 31 – March 10, 2006

Asian American Arts Centre (AAAC) fights eviction from its home of 28 years. It featured a select group of artists who have supported AAAC over many years. Many have a statement/story about their struggle with space, landlords, city regulations and real estate. The history of this urban struggle is reviewed, beginning in the 60s, to the passage of the Loft Law in 1982, to the current recognition among planners and government agencies of the central role the arts play in neighborhood revitalization.

A Panel Talk was held on April 13th featuring Arlene Raven the art critic, Rebecca Goyette of First St. Studios, and Cathy Nanda of chashama.

Another exhibition space - ABC No Rio 為V mounted a sister show 為盼 in solidarity 為洫 from April 21 - May 12, 2005

Mid Career: Mei-ling Hom / Zhang Jian-jun

May 27 – July 1, 2005

Mid-Career Nominating Panelists: Reiko Tomii, Lilly Wei, Johnathan Goodman, Judy Collischan, and Tomie Arai.


Each evening five artists presented their work and had an interactive exchange of ideas with the audience. This is an opportunity for Asian American artists and artists influenced by Asia to share their work with peers in an open forum for critical exchange. Curators Reiko Tomii and Midori Yoshimoto were often present, as was artist Emily Cheng. Artist/university art instructor Bovey Lee also joined the discussion.

June 16, 2005

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June 23, 2005

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June 30, 2005

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