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April Exhibitions 4/3 - 5/2

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Atelier Gallery

Selected Works from the Fine Art Sculpture Faculty Department

Artist Reception: Thursday, March 2, 2017 | 5:30-7:30pm

Featuring a selection of pieces created by our talented sculpture department faculty members.

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Lost and Found II

688 Sutter Gallery

Helen Wu - Lost and Found

Artist Reception: Thursday, April 6, 2017 | 5:30-7:30pm

"Lost and Found II: what is lost, can be found"

People often say that children are resilient, but I believe that they are simply great survivalists. When I was five, my mother disappeared from my life. I did not see or hear from her for another five years. My father was a harsh and bitter man who would often take his frustrations out on me. Being too young to understand or process this experience, I buried it deep within my subconscious such that I could no longer recall the pain or sorrow as I grew up.

Art has an uncanny ability to touch our inner souls and can often serve as a portal to the subconscious, as well as a conduit to emotional healing. In the summer of 2010, while traveling in Italy, I had a poignant encounter with the painting "Maternita" by Gino Rossi. As I reflected upon this intimate image of a mother cradling her child, I began to see how my fascination with spirals, such as those found in seashells and overlapping flower petals, in fact pointed to a deep-seated longing for my mother's embrace. Despite my concerted efforts to bury the heartache, bits and pieces of its existence had managed to seep through and take shape in my images. Instead of living in denial, I knew that I needed to pursue this new revelation and thus embarked on a journey to explore the theme of "Lost and Found".

Stone lithography and mezzotint have the capacity to create intense velvety blacks and subtle gradations of gray that are incomparable with any other medium. This effect is perfectly suited for portraying the aura of secrecy and obscurity that are central to the theme of "Lost and Found", especially in crafting that magical moment when an image gradually appears from out of the shadows or dissipates back into the gloom. Although these printmaking processes can be quite labor intensive and time consuming, I also find them to be highly meditative, allowing me the opportunity to reflect and connect with my subconscious and to ultimately find resolution with my fractured past.


-Helen Wu, MFA Printmaking 

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625 Sutter Gallery

Tongxi Yin - Once Upon a Balloon

Artist Reception: Thursday, April 6, 2017 | 5:30-7:30pm

In 2013 Tongxi Yin began the nightly habit of recording her dreams in a diary. These impossible scenarios activated by the chaos of reality became the focus of her solo-show, Once Upon a Balloon.

Once Upon a Balloon invites visitors to reflect on the topsy-turvy world of the artist’s subconscious mind. Using pop colors and cotton balls, Yin’s mixed-media pieces evoke the playfulness of youth to mask hidden turmoil.  

The balloons that appear throughout Yin’s compositions symbolize ambitions—both her own and that of others—which the artist likens to the balloon’s lifespan of soaring and deflating until it inevitably bursts.

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Cannery Suite 110

Photography Group Show - Environmental Portraiture

Artist Reception: Thursday, April 6, 2017 | 5:30-7:30pm

Featuring pieces from our undergraduate course, PH 372, Environmental Portraiture investigates the relationship between ambiance and persona, and what environment reveals about character. 

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Comfortable Space

Cannery Suite 112

Hung Ying Lee - Salad Days

Artist Reception: Thursday, April 6, 2017 | 5:30-7:30pm

Ted Chen's intensely textured paintings explores, what she describes as, the "extradorinary creative."

Each composition presents a unique narrative in an imaginary world where time, space, and location are warpped. Through the creation of each disorienting piece Chen confronts the divide between fantasty and reality.

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435 Jefferson Gallery

Advanced Work in Jewelry and Metal Arts

Artist Reception: Thursday, April 6, 2017 | 5:30-7:30pm

A selection of work from our jewlery department's undergraduate and graduate students featuring sculpture, metal work, and highly decorative wearable art. These unique pieces challenge the constraints of their respective mediums while pushing the boundary between high-fashion and design.

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