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Energy In Nature, James Kroner

Artist’s Reception: February 6, 5:00 – 8:00

Energy In Nature, James Kroner

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Sculpture and Ceramic, Wenqing Cui

Artists Reception: February 6, 5:30-7:30pm

“Sculpture and Ceramic” represents the recent figurative work of Wenqing Cui. Exploring the many aspects of facial expression, the artist takes different approaches for different pieces, allowing each project to develop as it progresses. The resulting wide range of emotionally charged faces takes on different meanings when viewed as a group, and the individual faces form a collective context.

Painted sculpture portrait busts are a trademark of Cui’s work. “I try to explore more fun expressions,” states Cui. “For these sculptures, I like to use very bright acrylic.” As the colors tint the portraits they also color the expressions that radiate through them, thus giving the expressions additional interpretive clues.

Wenqing Cui has an active background in cooperative artwork and art education. She completed her BFA in Ceramics at Academy of Art University in 2010. She is now continuing to work toward her MFA in sculpture.


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Ocean Inchoation, Tiffany Laszlo

Artists Reception: February 6, 5:30-7:30pm

An attraction to the beauty of nature as seen in the life of the world’s oceans is the inspiration behind Tiffany Laszlo’s “Ocean Inchoation” exhibit. Having traveled the world since very young, the artist’s global sensibilities are revealed through this series of abstract paintings.

“My series is about the life and movement of the ocean,” explains Laszlo. “I wanted to paint the ocean and have it feel like this force, the movement and mystery, something that feels like it could just suck you in.” Using a combination of techniques, such as layering, glazing, pouring, and washing, the artist taps into the rhythms and flows that characterize the ocean’s movement. Color, light, and consistency all come into play in the final realization, as Laszlo interprets and presents the ocean through the artist’s eyes.

Tiffany Laszlo completed her BFA in Fine Arts Painting and Drawing at Academy of Art University in 2013.


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Home Front, Ryan McClymont

Bridging the disparity between romantic fantasies of toy soldiers and the realities of actual combat, Ryan McClymont’s 2013 exhibit “Home Front” unites seemingly irreconcilable viewpoints into composite analyses. Concept is realized through a parallel process; a color photos of an action figure and black and white portraits of a veterans are are combined digitaly, then printed twice – once in color, once in black and white. Both photos are then cut into strips and woven into a single image, representing the reconciliation of naive romanticism of childhood with harsh reality of military service.

“Most of the toys used in this project belonged to me as a child” explains McClymont. “The action figures also mirror the fact that individual service members are often no more than pawns following orders.” The portraits are of U.S. military veterans of different branches, eras, specialties, and experiences. The idea of combining imagery to create a new identity also parallels the military experience of creating a new persona to shield oneself from hardships.

Veteran of two tours in Iraq, Ryan McClymont has firsthand experience of the disparities between perceptions of military service and the realities of combat. He currently teaches photography as art therapy at the San Francisco Veterans Administration, as well as classes at San Francisco Photo Safaris. Ryan McClymont completed his MFA in Photography at Academy of Art University in 2013.


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Self-Protection, Jo Wu

Artists Reception: February 6, 5:30-7:30pm

Jo Wu’s sculpture series “Self-Protection” investigates the invisible defense mechanisms that we surround ourselves with in daily life. By realizing the boundaries and barriers that we create through such elements as thorns, spikes, and barbed wire, the artist depicts a concept at the core of personal relationships: our defensive masks can sometimes seem dangerous or menacing to the world around us.

“People like to put on a protective mask while interacting with others,” explains Wu. “It’s hard to tell whether we truly understand our co-workers, classmates, and friends, even though we meet each other every day.” Growing up in a small town in Taiwan, Wu experienced difficulty in adapting to urban culture, as she encountered it in university culture. Applying her artist’s insight, she took inspiration from her situation, and turned the result into her master’s thesis, which is the foundation of “Self-Protection.”

Jo Wu studied Information Communication at Leader University in Tainan, and received her Bachelors degree in Digital Media Design from Asia University in Taichung. She is currently working towards her MFA in Jewelry and Metal Art at Academy of Art University.


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Angel Island: The Oblivious Wasteland, Liaoyi Wang

Artists Reception: February 6, 5:30-7:30pm

Angel Island’s U.S. Immigration Station was the point of entry for the majority of approximately 175,000 Chinese immigrants between 1910 and 1940. Immigrants were detained anywhere from two weeks to two years, before being either admitted or deported. Today a National Historical Landmark, its troubled history is revealed through its museum and guided tours. Liaoyi Wang’s photo series “Angel Island: The Oblivious Wasteland” attempts to look deeper. Examining the crumbling walls and peeling paint of the empty and overgrown barracks halls, Wang searches for clues and traces of the lost dreams of the thousands who found themselves trapped between two cultures.

As a Chinese student living and studying abroad, and having no direct relatives with U.S. citizenship, Wang is familiar with feelings of uncertainty and transitivity, and is well suited to undertake such an elusive task as to depict the feelings of loss and wonder through through photographing the station’s ruins. Conscious of his evolving photographic esthetic, Wang favors a straightforward approach. “Style comes with time and is a difficult thing to force. I think more important than style is being aware of the literal nature of the image.” By allowing the subject to have its say, he lets its full narrative come through, and the resulting images reveal much more than just dilapidated architecture.

Born into a musical family, Liaoyi Wang received his Bachelor’s degree in Musicology from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 2009. It was not until his senior year that he bought his first digital SLR camera and considered becoming a photographer. Wang entered the graduate program at Academy of Art University, and completed his MFA in Photography in 2013. This is his first Solo Exhibition.