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February Exhibitions 1/30 - 2/26

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688 Gallery

Yishu Wang - Life is Elsewhere

Artist Reception: Thursday, February 2nd, 5:30-7:30pm

Expressing the self-searching journey of exposure to foreign language and culture, Yishu Wang’s printmaking series Life is Elsewhere represents her response to her role in society and how circumstances come to define individuals. Utilizing silkscreen and intaglio techniques, Wang combines figurative and landscape imagery in collage-like ways to expand depth of meaning and expression. 

“During three years of studying abroad, I have had three visas with different marriage statuses: single, married, and divorced,” says Wang. “Being isolated from my home country and from my original culture and sociological preconceptions enables me to have a different perspective in which to face this situation. Realizing the need to examine both my life and my artistic practice, I focused my most recent series to express this self-searching journey.”

Yishu Wang received her BA in Painting at Xi’an Academy of Fine Art in 2008, and her MA in Painting in 2012. She then enrolled at Academy of Art University and completed her MFA in Printmaking in 2015. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions, and was awarded First Place in Printmaking and Book Arts at the Academy’s 2015 Spring Show. She continues to work as studio and teaching assistant at various Bay Area arts organizations, and is a member of the California society of Printmakers. Life is Elsewhere is her debut solo exhibition.

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Mark David Noel - Golden State

Artist Reception: Thursday, February 2nd, 5:30-7:30pm

Capturing the moment when an artist recognizes the unique beauty of a location, Mark David Noel’s landscape series Golden State chronicles his search not only for beauty in nature, but also his evolving relationship with the world around him. Following the time-honored tradition of painting on location, Noel seeks out beauty in his native California and creates his scenes as he experiences them.

“My work is concerned with being present in the world around us,” says Noel. “For too long I didn’t feel comfortable with myself or what I perceived as my place in the world. It wasn’t until I discovered my interest in painting that I started to not just feel comfortable with my surroundings but to revel in them as well. I soon found myself completely disinterested in escapism and devoted myself to being present in my own life. This sense of excitement in the ordinary is what I wish to convey to the viewer.”

Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, Mark David Noel joined the navy out of a longing to see the world. Upon discovering that most of the world is water, he left the navy and enrolled in Academy of Art University, completing his BFA in Illustration in 2009. He went on to complete his MFA in Painting in 2014, and today focuses on plein air landscape painting. 

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625 Gallery

Anthony Francis - Real Lyric

Artist Reception: Thursday, February 2nd, 5:30-7:30pm

Images are not always as straightforward as they first appear, and it’s often the subtleties that tell the true story. Anthony Francis’s photo portrait series Real Lyric  is a study in layers of meaning, as it greets the viewer on a certain level, then invites deeper consideration as less obvious elements begin to reveal themselves.

Real Lyric is homage to those who make us what we are as it becomes apparent in individual reflective moments,” says Francis. “Images seem to be straight portraits before one’s form is recognized in mirrors and other surfaces as well as silhouetted as loose metaphorical reflection. Space and time of people with whom we have a relationship are phenomenological vaults for intimate exchanges expressed through our forms, a series underpinned by intent to quietly acknowledge love and influence in a personal space and time.”

Originally from Houston, Texas, Anthony Francis now resides in San Antonio, where he works as a freelance photographer and teaches photography at the Southwest School of Art. He completed his MFA in Photography at Academy of Art University in 2015.

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435 Jefferson Gallery

Yige Xie - Texture

Artist Reception: Thursday, February 2nd, 5:30-7:30pm

Embracing the expressive power of big brushes and pallet knives, Yige Xie takes a bold approach to laying colors on canvas. Her debut solo exhibition Texture represents her progress in moving beyond immediate visual references into the realm of motion, gesture, and intensity. 

“I am drawn to color and texture, not necessarily the what of the thing, but how it inhabits space and is served by light and surface variations,” says Xie. “Married with composition, I use texture to show the space of the painting.” Starting with a simple sketch, she first  focus on composition to support her theme and enhance the story or idea. Building on that framework, Xie employs color and texture to dispense with customary representational boundaries and  explore new expressive possibilities.

Born in Shandong, China, completed her BFA in Fine Art Painting at Academy of Art University in 2016.

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Selected Portraiture

Artist Reception: Thursday, February 2nd, 5:30-7:30pm

Portraiture is often thought of as the simple act of capturing a likeness, but the reality is that achieving that likeness relies on far more subtle interpretations than are readily apparent. In photography, composition, lighting, color, and focus all play critical roles in presenting not just the outward appearance, but the subject’s character as well. Selected Portraiture presents the latest work by School of Photography students at Academy of Art University.

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Atelier Gallery

To Measure a Feeling

Artist Reception: Thursday, February 23rd, 5:30-7:30pm

To Measure a Feeling explores the intersection of the subconscious mind and the physical world; how memory and experience influence the art-making process. Collectively, these works act as visual language to convey aspects of the human condition. Five local female artists have contributed: Shi Dong, Colleen Gianatiempo, Judy Hart, Huiming Li, and Usha Shukla.

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