Girls Playing, August 20–September 23

What: Girls Playing by Cathy Lu

When: August 20–September 23, 2013

Where: The Ramp Gallery, a community curated space at 934 Brannan St. (between 8th and 9th)

Cathy Lu‘s work is an exploration of her Asian American identity through culture and gender. Referencing traditional Chinese watercolor paintings of children, a genre that places higher value on males than females, Girls Playing manipulates the traditional imagery of Chinese art and representation.

“Boys playing” is a common theme throughout this artistic style, depicting boys playing as a way to describe prosperity and future wealth. This series has replaced all the boys with conjoined and fragmented girls. These girls, depicted in different stages of completeness, portray ideas of multiple identities and fragmented selves. Subverting this aesthetic also engages in cultural ideas of “play” for girls, and the intersection between this play and violence. By reworking the imagery of traditional Chinese art, Lu explores the duality of what it means to be trans-cultural today.

Meet the Artist
Cathy Lu will be at SOMArts on Friday, September 6 from 6:30–9pm. Visit The Ramp for a chance to meet Cathy, talk about her work and inspiration, have a drink and enjoy her awesome artwork! While you’re here, stop by the opening reception of our main gallery exhibition, The San Francisco Foundation and SOMArts Annual Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition. A cash bar will be available all evening.

About Cathy Lu
Cathy Lu explores identity in her work: how the physical body through race and gender affects our ability to understand ourselves and the world around us. She makes works on paper and sculptures. Lu received her MFA from SFAI in 2010. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, she currently lives and works in the Bay Area.

About The Ramp Gallery
The Ramp Gallery, a community curated space in the SOMArts lobby, accepts exhibition proposals on a continual basis. To view submission information as well as past exhibitions, please visit The Ramp Gallery page of our website here. To purchase work on display or for more information email You can visit The Ramp Gallery any time SOMArts Cultural Center is open.

Images above courtesy of Cathy Lu