About Wen-You Cai:
Wen-You Cai is the founder and director of Special Special. Her previously published books include, When You Make No Art and, Rooster, Tiger, Sheep by Snake. A Small Pond Under the Blue Sky is her 5th publication. Over the past seven years, Special Special has been a vehicle for her to enhance her interest in the creative community and deepen her sense of self.
About Herb Tam:
Herb Tam is the Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA). He recently co-curated The Moon Represents My Heart: Music, Memory and Belonging (2019). As an independent curator and artist, he co-organized Home-O-Stasis: Life and Livelihoods in Flushing (2023). He is also a member of the painting club P_Lub, along with Lu Zhang and Trisha Baga, and co-founder of Chinatown Basketball Club with Lu Zhang. Tam was born in Hong Kong and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He studied at San Jose State University and earned a masters in fine arts from the School of Visual Arts, New York. Tam has been a frequent participant and audience member of Special Special programs.
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A Small Pond Under the Blue Sky is a reflection and celebration of the 98 artist collaborations, through 37 exhibitions, performances, and workshops. A record of the pop-ups and product editions conceptualized and presented in our East Village space and beyond from 2016 to 2022. This anthology includes interviews with artists collaborators Aria McManus, Tim Simonds, and Lu Zhang, and personal reflections on collaborations and creativity with the founder and director Wen-You Cai. This collection of thoughts guide readers through a contemplation of creative experiments with art and the everyday.
This book was edited by Wen-You Cai and Lin King, and designed by Panny Chayapumh.
First edition of 500