Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Hung Liu at Rena Bransten Gallery

Drawing from Life or Death, an exhibition of new works by Hung Liu, opens Thursday April 15 at Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco; an opening reception will be held from 5:30-7:30 pm. The show runs April 15 - May 22, 2010.

The show includes ceramic tiles recently created by Liu at Magnolia Editions and focuses on works depicting the dead:
In a departure from her traditional referencing of historical photographs, this new body of work is comprised of paintings, drawings, and ceramic tiles that directly depict the dead - they are studies or contemplations of the ultimate still-life. Liu encountered her subjects, which had already crossed over to the "other side", on hikes near her Oakland home - two deer, a fawn - or, in the case of a Robin Red-Breast, the parking lot of her studio or on several visits to a local medical facility where she was invited to view human cadavers. These new subjects were studied, photographed from multiple angles, and rendered by hand; then juxtaposed with symbolic imagery - painted circles and ancient folkloric elements - in order to evoke the life cycle, the void, or the recycling of physical forms once spirits had departed.
Rena Bransten Gallery website

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