A+P+I Current
Residency

2020–2022

A+P+I CURRENT RESIDENCY 

The 2022 Art+Process+Ideas (A+P+I) artist-in-residence program features brand new work from Craig Calderwood and Christy Chan, whose original 2020 residency was put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each artist embraces creative risk and complexity around issues of identity. Craig Calderwood uses commercial craft materials—fabric paint, polymer clay, and found fabrics—to create intricate decorative works that speak to queer and trans communities through a shared language of symbols and patterns. Recalling the private languages that underground communities of queer and trans people used for safety for decades, Calderwood develops these images through research into history, personal narratives, and pop cultural moments. Her project, The Light Bulb Sound, shares elements of her creative process, including preliminary drawings and notes, alongside finished paintings. The exhibition shares the push and pull of failure and the transformative process that each piece goes through.

Christy Chan is an interdisciplinary artist who works in video, narrative filmmaking, installation, storytelling, and community organizing to create participatory platforms for dialogue around race, class, and social justice issues, and to foster opportunities for self-representation by communities of color. Chan’s project, Patterns, invites the public to examine America’s intergenerational privilege and culture of gaslighting when confronting racial and social inequities. Chan has decolonized an 1890s fainting couch and transformed it into a touchable art and conversation piece. She asks, who gets to be fragile and who has to be strong? The title Patterns refers to both the physical elements of the work and the context of critiquing patterns of white complicity in the United States.

Launched in 2015, the A+P+I artist-in-residence program is a partnership between the Art and Visual Culture Department and Mills College Art Museum that fosters interdisciplinary collaboration across departments and supports Bay Area artists making socially relevant work that challenges and inspires Mills students and MCAM audiences.

The 2022 Art+Process+Ideas Artists Residency is supported through the generosity of Agnes Cowles Bourne Fund for Special Exhibitions.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Craig Calderwood, Summoners, 2020, Dimensional paint, acrylic paint, pen, upholstery, wooden tapestry clamp, 73” x 120.” Photo by Aaron Harbour.
Craig Calderwood, Summoners, 2020, Dimensional paint, acrylic paint, pen, upholstery, wooden tapestry clamp, 73” x 120.” Photo by Aaron Harbour.

Summoners, Dimensional paint, acrylic paint, pen, upholstery, wooden tapestry clamp, 73” x 120.”

Craig Calderwood
2020

A self-taught artist, Craig Calderwood’s intricate and decorative works are rendered through a personal vernacular of symbols and patterns. Recalling the private languages that underground communities of queer and trans people used for safety for decades, Calderwood develops these patterns and symbols though research into history, personal narratives, and pop cultural moments. They then arrange them into constellations to tell stories both personal and fantasized.

Utilizing low-end materials like fabric paint, polymer clay, found fabrics and fiber tip pens, Calderwood explores ideas around desire, biodiversity, and otherness. They also looks at how material practice forms its own language for safe and coded communication within hostile environments.

Flexing the intended use of their mediums, Calderwood’s work moves through the material ideologies of painting, drawing, and textile, to form images whose lines and textures teeter between thread and paint, blurring not just the binaries of their materials, but of their subjects.

Christy Chan, Fainting Couch, 2022, 1890s fainting couch recovered with custom textile
Christy Chan, Fainting Couch, 2022, 1890s fainting couch recovered with custom textile

Fainting Couch

Christy Chan
2022

Christy Chan is an interdisciplinary artist who works in video, narrative filmmaking, installation, storytelling and community organizing to create participatory platforms for dialogue around race, class and social justice issues. Her hybrid social practice-public art projects seek to foster opportunities for self-representation by communities of color, with the belief that storytelling is a form of narrative justice and narrative justice is a form of social justice. Her work has been included in exhibitions at YBCA, Southern Exposure, SOMArts, and the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum in San Francisco; The New York State Council of the Arts and Wassaic Project in New York; Film Independent in Los Angeles and on various programs on NPR. She has been awarded residencies and support from SFFILM, Montalvo Art Center, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Kala Art Institute, Real Time and Space and others. She is the founding artist of Dear America, a mobile, guerilla public art project that projects the art works of Asian Americans artists throughout the Bay Area. Chan holds an MA in Communication Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University.

The 2020-2022 Art+Process+Ideas Artist Residency is supported through the generosity of the Agnes Cowles Bourne Fund for Special Exhibitions.