Stanford Art Spaces
October 31, 2008 to January 8, 2009, Stanford Art Spaces features this exhibit:

Katherine K. Allen
Stitched Monotypes on Silk
Feng Jin
Sculpture
Kay Kang
Mixed Media
Chunming Yu
Paintings

Chirp II © 2008

Sculptures © 2008

Sketchbook © 2008

Rhythm of Moon © 2008


This exhibit is located on the Stanford University campus, primarily in the Center for Integrated Systems (CIS). The building is open 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. A directory is available at the CIS reception desk.

Most works are for sale directly from the artists. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator, at (650) 725-3622 or

Katherine K. Allen
 
Dan and Night in the Garden © 2008

Katherine Allen is a South Florida Artist who has made Art Quilts her primary form since the late 1990’s. Her interest in ecology and gardening converge in her printed, stitched textile constructions. These evocative, imaginary botanicals are based on actual specimen cuttings from her back yard gardens. An almost palpable tropical breeze infuses these meditative and vibrant works. The famous artist Yoko Ono once visited Katherine's studio. Upon seeing Katherine's art she rushed over, gave Katherine a hug, and exclaimed, “Oh, I love it! It makes me cry.”

Katherine's unusual stitched artworks have appeared in many prominent venues; the Columbus Museum of Art, the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, the University of South Florida, Florida Atlantic University, the Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum and others both national and international. Her art is in corporate, museum and private collections.


For more art by Katherine K. Allen, click here.




Feng Jin
 
Infinity of Love © 2008

A good sculpture must have its own soul and entity. My work is an intimate dialogue between a human and the boundless strength of metal, an expression of all the thoughts, emotions, dreams, passions, destinies and desires that constantly bounce out of my mind. I use simple forms, less material and clean composition to create sculpture that is accessible and straight-forward... My work is both non-representational and representational; figures, curved lines and shapes, and abstract forms are common themes. I was influenced by David Smith at a very early age, when I was still an art student in China. Although few Western metal sculptors were introduced to China in the early 80's, Smith's strong compositions from steel and “found” scrap material have made significant impressions on me.

I love stainless steel because of its tendency to “fight back” before yielding to form.  This characteristic precludes following a specific design plan; the metal itself tells me what to do, and the result shows what the metal wants to be. Using my “Open-minded Sculpting” technique, I often start with sheet metal, with few sketches, if any, and begin free-hand cutting, rolling, bending, hammering, heating, grinding, and welding. The final finish may be natural, textural, high-polished, or a patina. The language of art is just like Zen; it is unspeakable.


For more art by Feng Jin, click here.




Kay Kang
 
© 2008

Kay Kang’s work reflects her assimilation into American culture and the tension she experienced as a Korean-born artist living and adjusting to a different culture. For example, confronted which an unfamiliar alphabet, but familiar with an alphabet that Americans surrounding her were not, she became acutely aware of both the power of language as well as its limitations. She expresses both the universality and limitations of language by translating Korean characters into a new aesthetic form of communications, utilizing foreground and background to reflect the tension between her upbringing in Korea and her desire to remain in modern America.

A second theme in Kang’s work is feminism. Having been raised in a paternalistic, traditional society which emphasized men over women, Kang experienced new liberties and exposure to new ideas in the United States. This led her to recontextualize the old Korean tradition of celebrating the birth of sons over daughters, thus reclaiming the symbolism attached to female birth.  In tribute to her classmates at Ewha Women’s University who were given male names, Kang creates a new context in which to understand cultural communications of gender.


For more art by Kay Kang, click here.




Chunming Yu
 
Red Castle © 2008

Family-oriented Chinese culture is completely different from individual-centered Western humanism. In Chinese tradition, the family means everything. As the center of family activities, the traditional folk house, with its abundant styles and a strong aesthetic value, is an important part of traditional Chinese social structure. The purpose of my folk house paintings is to preserve the history of China and reflect the spirit of this traditional culture.

I pursue a unique visual language to represent the common expression of human emotion, to integrate both eastern and western culture. My paintings combine the ancient Chinese painting skill with the lines and light from Western painting, to express the essence of life and humanity, and to reflect the journey of my own life. My art is intimately connected to my life experience. Coming from China, I am very familiar with both Chinese and western art. In a time of globalization, it is my goal to express myself in a way that is understood by everyone. Through this exhibition, I wish to introduce Chinese culture to people who view the exhibit.


For more art by Chunming Yu, click here.



Most works are for sale directly from the artists. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator, at (650) 725-3622 or
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