3rd 01SJ Biennial September 2010

A global festival of art on the edge

Adrienne Pao

Adrienne Pao (US)
b. 1975, Oakland, CA; lives San Francisco, CA
Ice Queen: Glacial Retreat Dress Tent

Adrienne Pao. is a Photographer/Artist based in San Francisco, California. She is currently investigating two photographically based projects. Hawaiian Cover-ups examines the dual nature of the colonized experience in Hawai’i, through her own position as a part-Hawaiian person born and raised in California. She is also working on a collaborative project with artist Robin Lasser, Dress Tents, wearable sculptures which are photographed in the landscape that playfully look at female representation in the 21st century. Both projects investigate notions of tourism in real and simulated fantasy landscapes, and involve a combination of performative and staged scenarios.

Her work has been featured in the Portfolio Issue 77 of Shots magazine (2004), the Exposure journal (2006), Flaunt magazine (2006), Top (Brazil) magazine (2006), Playboy (South America) (2006), Marie Claire magazine (Taiwan) (2007), and writer/art critic Rebecca Solnit’s book Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics (2007). She has shown her work nationally and internationally at Wave Hill Glyndor Gallery in the Bronx, New York City, the Balcony Gallery in Kailua, Hawai’I, and the Recoleta Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was a 2005 Society for Photographic Education award winner, and received a 2005 Visual Artist Fellowship through the College Art Association. She is currently visiting faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute and the Academy of Art University. Adrienne received her MFA in Photography from San Jose State University in 2005. Her work can be viewed at www.adriennepao.com.