San Diego

Kim Young Jin, I, My, Me, 2004, 2-channel synchronized video projection, pleated screen, two DVD players, and two projectors.

San Diego

Past in Reverse: Contemporary Art of East Asia

San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado, Balboa Park
November 6, 2004–March 6, 2005

The regionally themed survey of contemporary Asian art, met with generic “East meets West” curatorial rhetoric, can seem as outdated as fusion cuisine. After a nearly decadelong succession of such offerings, “Past in Reverse” explores how twenty-one artists and collectives reinterpret indigenous forms such as scroll paintings. The show not only presents the usual suspects (Cai Guo-Qiang, Wang Qingsong) but also takes a risk with a long roster of unknowns, suggesting that while East Asia now has claim to a bevy of internationally established artists, it remains a hotbed of experimentation.