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MAY EXHIBITIONS: 4/30 – 6/1

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Manli Chao, Celestial Reflection

Artist Reception May 1, 5:30-7:30pm

Manli Chao, Celestial Reflection

Exploring the limitless realm of pure abstraction, Manli Chao’s latest exhibition “Celestial Reflection” is inspired by the artist’s contemplation of beauty encountered in the natural world. “I observed the transformations rain made on windowpanes, starting as dots, merging into lines, and eventually coalescing into aggregate forms,” says Chao.

By focusing on perception, memory, and experience, Chao distills observation into complex layers of form, line, and color. Moving quickly to capture the moment, she prefers the spontaneity of fast-drying acrylics and water-based Chinese inks. Form and pattern are achieved through process as colors are applied layer upon layer using various brushes and non-traditional objects. Chao’s visual interpretations coalesce as the individual strokes, splatters, and drips of color are united into a single collective harmony.

Originally from Taiwan, Manli Chao began her art studies at Queens College and New York Studio School. After moving to the Bay Area, Chao completed her MFA in Drawing and Painting at Academy of Art University in 2001. Her work has been exhibited extensively in California, Taiwan, and China.

 

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Jacqueline Bernal, Another World

Artist Reception May 1, 5:30-7:30pm

Jacqueline Bernal, Another World

Jacqueline Bernal’s debut solo exhibition “Another World” challenges our ideas about reality by blurring the boundary between perception and recognition. Presenting her digitally manipulated California landscapes in a stark and straightforward style, she avoids the usual cues that tell us we’re looking at a altered image, and asks us to rely on our own judgement of what we recognize as real.

“There’s something about things that are naturally occurring that we take for granted,” says Bernal. “In one glance we see what we expect and move on. But here I want to keep things familiar as long as you know they’re wrong — to have you see that and more.” Therein lies the point of fascination. We want to get past the tipping point of recognition into that comfortable realm of the familiar, but uncertainty holds us back. In Bernal’s world of exaggerated sea swells, sweeping trees, and swirling skies, all undulations and symmetries become suspect. We find ourselves confronted with a subtle surrealism, and want to explore its limits before we move on.

Jacqueline Bernal has always felt an affinity for the photographic process. Born in Miami and raised in New Jersey, she completed her BFA in Photography at Academy of Art University in 2013. Today she works as a photographer in New York.

 

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Byong Jun Park, Reflecting Behind The Surface

Artist Reception May 1, 5:30-7:30pm

Byong Jun Park, Reflecting Behind The Surface

Byong Jun Park’s photographic series “Reflecting Behind The Surface” employs the mirror as both narrative object and introspective metaphor, a window on the inner world reflecting hidden sides of objects and revealing emotions that lie behind the scene.

“My formal design borrows from the traditional surface textures such as Daguerrotype or Calotype,” says Park. “I am interested in the traditional textures because they allow me to express the realm of subconscious emotion.” Distressed surface elements express the decay of age and invoke the mirror-like aspect of historical glass plates, thus extending the mirror metaphor to include the viewer. Combining the worn esthetic with contemporary digital processes and printing his images on metal sheets, Park creates timeless scenes that invite the viewer to explore the internal world of dreams, desires, and memories.

Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, Byong Jun Park moved to San Francisco and attended Academy of Art University, where he completed his BFA and MFA degrees in photography. Today Park works as a photographer in San Francisco, and is a member of City Art Cooperative Gallery.

 

Continuing Exhibitions:

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Whitney Lau, Simple Enjoyment

Exhibition Continues through May

The title of Whitney Lau’s debut solo exhibition “Simple Enjoyment” provides the perfect approach to experiencing her artwork. Finding beauty and meaning in familiar, the people in her life and places she frequents, Lau reminds us that when we look too quickly we see to little. Whether they be children at play, boats at anchor, or waves on the beach, Lau’s subjects evoke a sense of unhurried calm, and invite us to take a break from the frenzy of modern city life.

Whitney Lau, Simple Enjoyment

“The figures that I painted are people that I am familiar with in my life,”  explains Lau. “They could be my friends, my students in my pre-school art class, and the particular homeless that I pass by on the street.” By taking a straightforward approach with semi-loose brushstrokes, Lau keeps the focus on light and color and allows the inner beauty of her subjects to fully reveal itself. “I believe simple enjoyment could happen anywhere, as long as you are willing to open your internal eyes and look for it.”

Whitney Lau displayed artistic talent at an early age, but it wasn’t until she took a visual art class at her Hong Kong middle school that she discovered her “seed of passion.” She minored in art while completing a BA in Management at University of California, Merced, where she realized that painting was her true passion. Lau received her MFA in Painting from Academy of Art University in 2013 and today lives and works in San Francisco as a painter and art teacher.

 

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Alumni Art Group Show

Presenting a selection of work by Academy of Art University alumni.

Alumni Art Group Show

Jiali Yu, Power