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ARTIST GALLERY 2022

The exhibits at Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 South Tacoma Way is open to the public from 9:00 AM to 5:00 pm. Due to the COVID pandemic, please let the office know of your visit by calling 253-383-3900.

I-Ching Reimagined by artist Maggie Jiang

Our featured artist for November and December.

Maggie Jiang's work will be on exhibit from November 4 to December 26, 2022.

The opening reception is Nov 12 from 1-3 pm @ APCC, light refreshments will be served.

Exhibition Statement

As a Chinese American artist, I have always been fascinated by the richness and universality of the I-Ching, more commonly known as the “Book of Changes”. The I-Ching is an ancient Chinese text of divination, historically used by scholars, emperors, and laymen to foresee the future. It consists of 64 hexagrams, each with a different meaning and interpretation. Each hexagram is formed from two trigrams consisting of three broken or unbroken lines. Broken lines are “yin” and solid lines are “yang”, and there are a total of eight possible trigrams: Qian (Heaven, 乾, ☰), Dui (Lake, 兌, ☱), Li (Fire, 離, ☲), Zhen (Thunder, 震, ☳), Xun (Wind, 巽, ☴), Kan (Water, 坎, ☵), Gen (Mountain, 艮, ☶), and Kun (Earth, 坤, ☷).

 

Visually rigid and conceptually fluid, the I-Ching emphasizes continuous change as a way of being. This duality is also represented in the works I have chosen for this exhibition. When I first started this body of work, I was primarily attracted to the geometric rigor of the trigrams and hexagrams themselves and created a number of works in which they are the primary visual vocabulary. However, as time passed, I found my work evolving, almost as if it too was being influenced by the philosophical ideas expressed in the I-Ching. The hexagrams began to become secondary visual elements and in many cases, receded altogether. However, what remains consistent is the continued exploration of the interactions of colors, the physical and perceptual qualities of paint, the tension between symmetry vs. asymmetry, and the visual sensation between motion and stillness.

 

As attentive viewers will note, no painting in this exhibition is quite what it initially appears to be. Therefore, they will be rewarded with a richer experience upon deliberate examination of each individual work.

 

Maggie Jiang Artist Bio

 

Maggie Jiang is a Seattle-based visual artist who previously worked in business and technology for many years before deciding in 2015 to dedicate herself full-time to making art. Born in Beijing and educated in both China and the U.S., she also worked internationally in Australia, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Europe during her business career. As a Chinese American artist who was raised in two distinct cultures, her focus has been on using geometry to create a visual language that can communicate across cultures with clarity, inclusiveness, and compassion.

 

Largely self-taught, Jiang’s art education includes classes at Gage Academy and North Seattle College. Exhibiting regularly since 2016, Jiang won 1st prize in 2016 and 3rd prize in 2018 in the Abstract Category at Best of Gage, as well as being selected as the Stranger’s Artist of the Week in July 2022. She is represented by Rinehart Gallery in Seattle, where she recently had her well-received solo exhibition, “I-Ching through thick and thin.”.

She counts the Bauhaus movement, Concrete Art, and artists such as Josef Alberts, Piet Mondrian, Carmen Herrera, and Thomas Nozkowski as some of her main influences. Her intention is for her work to create tension and ambiguity in the minds of her viewers, more specifically:

 

· Tension between the analytical and spontaneous sides of the self

· Tension between hard-edged forms and visceral and tactile surface textures

· Tension between the austerity of geometry and playfulness of curvilinear forms

· Tension between harmony and discord as well as motion and stillness

· Ambiguity between perceptual vs. physical figure and ground relationships

· Ambiguity between visual vs. audible rhythms upon viewing the work

· Ambiguity between the color perception of the eye vs. the interpretation by the brain

· Ambiguity between chance and control in the creative process

Our October 2022 Featured Artist

HORATIO HUNG-YAN LAW

APCC is proud to be the host of the first solo exhibition of the Urban Studies Series by Horatio Hung-Yan Law

 

Horatio Hung-Yan Law was born in Hong Kong to Chinese parents and moved to the US at the age of sixteen. With this multi-cultural background, he has developed an artistic practice whose subjects include the Chinese immigrant’s experience, reinterpretations of cultural icons, trans-cultural adoptions, the Iraq War, and the current culture of consumption. His work often tackles weighty subjects with ephemeral and unexpected materials, creating quiet, conflicting, meditative and evocative works. In studio work, public art, and community residencies, Law deploys common cultural artifacts to explore issues of identity, memory, and the loss and gain of cross-cultural struggle in the evolving global community. Horatio Law resides in Portland, Oregon.

 

Horatio Hung-Yan Law is a public art and installation artist who is interested in creating collaborative installations with diverse communities, and in exploring how art activates the complex and dynamic relationship between individual and community. Tacoma residents will recognize Law’s shimmering Cloud Gates over 38th Street in the Lincoln District where he served in creating the comprehensive art plan.

 

Other public art projects include the Redmond Overlake Streetscape Renovation, the King County Children & Family Justice Center Facade and Entrance Project in Seattle, and The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway, AIDS Remembrance at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle to name just a few projects.

 

STATEMENT ON URBAN STUDIES SERIES OF PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKS:

 

Urban Studies was actually a byproduct of trying to entertain myself while performing my daily walking exercise by photographing my surroundings and the places I passed through during my five-mile walk every other day. No, I did not intend them to become a series, but when I tried to put a framework around these seemingly random snapshots, the title “Urban Studies” took hold. Suddenly, grouping these snapshots under this title made sense, and it in turn motivated me to do more and post these photographs on social media as a group. So far, I have posted almost 1,400 entries on Instagram and Facebook.

https://www.instagram.com/urban_studies_by_horatio_law/

https://www.facebook.com/horatio.law.37

Our May-June 2022 Featured Artists

Jim Kurihara and Keven Furiya

See their amazing work now showing at the APCC gallery.

 

Jim Kurihara works in oil paints to create paintings from real life but also from imagination. His focus is on using live models and plein air landscapes to represent his creative ideas. He likes to experiment with color, composition, and free application of paint to create his art. His work in art is influenced by his Pacific Northwest life experience and Japanese heritage. 

Contact Jim Kurihara at allaprima99@gmail.com 

Keven Furiya is an active member of the Seattle art community who has created art in the city for more than 25 years. While pursuing his own practice and exhibiting locally, Furiya has also moderated various life drawing sessions in the art community. His art education began at Seattle Central Community College, with Graphic Design and Illustration. This was combined with work as studio assistant to Seattle-based artist William Elston.

As a nisei (American-born Japanese), Furiya is inspired by the work and shares many of the subjects that intrigued artists Kamekichi Tokita (1897–1948) and Kenjiro Nomura (1896–1956). Both immigrated from Japan at the turn of the 20th century, becoming Seattle business partners in a sign-painting shop. This was located in the Nihonmachi, that local precinct currently known as the Chinatown International District. Prominent contributors to the Pacific Northwest art world from the early 1900's to the 1940s, each participated in the national Public Works of Art Project (PWAP). Both artists' plein air paintings of their neighborhoods and surroundings provide a visual snapshot of their era: a time which, for the city, proved pivotal. They continue to influence Furiya’s urban landscapes, his interiors and his portraits of fellow artists.

Contact Keven Furiya at www.furiya.com

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Our March-April 2022 Featured Artist

Meet Juliet Shen

See her beautiful paintings now showing at the APCC gallery.

 

Juliet Shen grew up in New York, where her father was a translator at the United Nations. She started painting in childhood. Post-college, she spent the 1970s painting and performing dance in NY. After moving to Seattle in 1983, she had a long career as a graphic designer, running her own firm from 1989–2012 and teaching typography at the School for Visual Concepts. In 2006 she was awarded a masters degree in type design by the University of Reading, UK. Since 2012 she has been painting full time, exhibiting in several solo and group shows. Her work has been collected by Seattle Public Utilities, King County, Portland OR, and Tacoma Art Museum.

 

Artist Statement 

I am inspired to make art by my observations of the natural world and I believe nature holds moral lessons for society. I paint landscapes that echo human interactions: the abstract patterns of tidal water moving in contrary directions yet ultimately resolving into a cohesive whole; the re-emergence of life from destruction and decay in the forest. I'm interested in drawing the viewer into a journey that produces the same uplifting feeling afforded by looking at a real landscape.

I have not received traditional training in brush painting, which involves a lot of patient repetition and imitation. I am learning the potential of the brush by experimenting on my own and being willing to meet failure. I admire the minimalism of the Chinese brush as a tool, and its ability to nonetheless create such lush textures on paper. Training in typography has influenced my style by heightening my awareness of how edges and the spaces between things visually define our physical world. I see patterns in everything around me.

While I learned painting in oils as a child and I love color, I believe you can evoke the essence of things with just black ink. However during the worst days of the pandemic, I found myself diving into the use of color just to create some joyful, carefree moments. This show shows examples of both types of work.

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Our January-February 2022 Featured Artist.

Meet Jayashree Krishnan

See her incredible work of healthcare workers now showing at the APCC gallery.

 

Jayashree Krishnan lives in Seattle with her husband, two daughters, and a dog, Buddy. Her studio is in the historic Inscape Arts building located in the International District. She primarily paints portraits and landscapes. Find more of her work at Jayashreekrishnan.com and her Instagram page, @jayashreeart.

About the Art and the Creative Process

The healthcare workers shared photographs of themselves taken at work and shared them with Jayashree.  She used those pictures as a reference to paint the portraits using watercolor paints. Some of these portraits were made on artist-grade cold press watercolor paper and mounted on wooden panels. Most of them were made on substrates called clay boards (wooden panels coated with fine kaolin clay). The paintings were then sealed, varnished, and framed.

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