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"To the Left" group show at CTRL (July 21st - Sept 1, 2007) - individual works

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CTRL gallery is pleased to present To the Left, a group exhibition opening in conjunction with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's RED HOT - Asian Art Today from the Chaney Family Collection. This exhibition, including five women of Asian heritage living in the US, is more of a question than an assertion. Can meaningful similarities in approach and sensibility be found in the work of these artists who have no connection to one another, save for their cultural/ geographical heritage? Is it desirable, or even possible, to draw lines between artistic practices based on gender and identity?
Actually, To the Left is less about similarities and differences, gender and identity, than it is about a young art gallery attempting to stay in step with and participate in the moment. Mounting an Asian-themed exhibition was more difficult a task than imagined. Not difficult because of the obligatory correspondence, logistics and curatorial decision-making involved, but because of a sense of moral obligation regarding authenticity of purpose.
Luckily, a constellation of five wonderful artists has emerged, each with their own distinct practice and career trajectory. There may be similarities in their work, but since we are wired to make connections between disparities, it's difficult to say if these similarities have meaning outside of the context of this exhibition. But maybe that's the way it should be. One conversation at a time, moving along a time-line from left to right, or in this case, from the right, To the Left.

Chie Fueki
Born Yokohama, Japan. Raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Lives and works in Westchester, PA
1998 MFA, Yale University, New Haven, CT
1996 BFA, Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL
Selected Exhibitions/Representation
Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY; Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; Greater New York 2005, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York; Dragon Veins, University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Florida
Public Collections
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Dallas TX

Yui Kugimiya
Born Tokyo, Japan. Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
2007 MFA, Yale University, New Haven, CT
2004 BFA, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
Selected Exhibitions/Representation
Ingalls and Associates, Miami, FL

Jiha Moon
Born Taegu, South Korea. Lives and works in Atlanta, GA
2002 MFA, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
1999 MFA, EWHA University, Seoul, Korea
1996 BFA, Korea University, Seoul, Korea
Selected Exhibitions/Representation
The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; Blaffer Gallery, Art Museum at the University of Houston, TX; The Drawing Center, New York, NY; Moti Hasson Gallery, New York, NY; Curator's Office, Washington DC
Public Collections
Smithsonian Institute, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA; Asia Society and Museum, New York, NY

Jean Shin
Born Seoul, South Korea. Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
1999    Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME
1996    MS (Theory, Criticism & History of Art, Design & Architecture), Pratt Institute
1994    BFA, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Selected Exhibitions/Representation
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY; Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS; Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), Cincinnati, OH; Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, TX; Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York, NY; PKM Gallery, Beijing China
Public Collections
JP Morgan Chase, The West Collection at SEI

Barbara Takenaga
Born North Platte, Nebraska. Lives and works in New York, NY
1978 MFA, University of Colorado at Boulder
1972 BFA, University of Colorado at Boulder
Selected Exhibitions/Representation
San Antonio Museum of Art, TX; Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO; Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearny, NE; DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; Brattleboro Museum of Art, VT; Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA; McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY; Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Colorado University Museum, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO;
Public Collections
Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC; Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AK; Citigroup, New York, NY; CU Art Museum, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO; DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA; Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Museum of Nebraska Art, Lincoln, NE; Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA