Join artist iris yirei hu for a free, all-ages artmaking workshop at MOCA! hu will lead participants in a hands-on workshop focused on eco-botanical printing and experimental watercolor processes, inspired by her work featured in the Plein Air exhibition. Botanical printing is a natural way of transferring the shapes and colors of plants and flowers onto fabric and paper through steaming.
hu uses paint, language, fiber, soil, and other organic matter to create vibrant assemblages that trace networks within a landscape–don’t miss this opportunity to learn hands-on methods and techniques with the artist!
About the artist:
iris yirei hu is an artist who paints, weaves, dyes, tells stories, and composts her lived reality into installations, public artworks, and intercultural-generational-and-geographical collaborations. She often works in community with artists, scientists, historians, keepers of traditions, and organizers to limn connections between people, places, and practices to explore possibilities of kinship. hu has shown her work at the Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI; Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Feminist Center for Creative Work, Los Angeles, CA; Visitor Welcome Center, Los Angeles, CA; among others. Public art commissions include California State University, Dominguez Hills; Institute for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Los Angeles Nomadic Division; among others.
About the exhibition:
Plein Air explores shifting ideas of western landscape, painting, and fieldwork. Traditional plein air painting, which typically involves painting outdoors in a single sitting to capture a vista in a certain quality of light, is taken as a point of departure to consider the ways in which humans use, observe, record, and commune with the land. This group exhibition expands plein air to include contemporary works of painting, video, mapping, multidisciplinary research, and installation, that involve the act of painting outdoors, and includes work by artists Susanna Battin, Esteban Cabeza de Baca, iris yirei hu, KB Jones, Hillary Mushkin, Sterling Wells, and Paula Wilson.