we can't help thinking of the odd coincidental timing of the current uprising in hong kong and dissident artist ai wei wei's much-publicized exhibition that's taking place halfway across the planet on alcatraz. entitled @large, it's held across four spaces of the island's notorious penitentiary facility, and is a compelling showcase which explores human rights and freedom of expression. ai wei wei has created site-specific installations which have all been inspired by the island's historic significance as a military fortress, federal prison, a site of native-american heritage and protest, and lately as a national park. the works on display not only raise questions about the aforementioned issues, but also reflect the artist's personal experiences. ai wei wei has been confined to remain within the city limits of his hometown of beijing and is prohibited to travel abroad [on through apr 26]. to visit the exhibition on alcatraz island, click [here] for ticket information + ferry details. location: new industries building [alcatraz].