FREE / Open to the Public / No RSVP Required
THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 6:30-8 PM
Artist as Producer
This talk will cover many angles related to aesthetic, social, political and economic issues. As part of the talk, artist Li Huai will demonstrate Chinese calligraphy as a part of her artistic background and current teaching – linking everything back to areas of increasing public interest.
Visitors to the gallery will be able to speak with the artist and ask questions about the collection of works which will be on display at Sparks Gallery as part of the exhibition “You Fascinate Me!” from March 11 – June 11th, 2017.
Works include Chinese ink & acrylic on paper, acrylic on canvas, and 24 karat gold leaf covered birchwood “religious icon” panels, handcrafted using 13th century techniques.
About the Artist:
Li Huai received her BA in fine arts at the Beijing Film Academy and her MFA in art at the California Institute of the Arts. She is on the faculty of the Visual Arts Department at the University of California, San Diego. Li Huai’s specialties include installation, painting, drawing, multi-media, and Chinese calligraphy. In thematic terms, her work deals with various issues related to East-West cultural interaction in an increasingly transnational age, including issues involving the Asian diaspora.
Her major one person shows include Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, The Arts House (Singapore), The Substation Gallery (Singapore), Carroll Gallery (Tulane University), Hong Kong City University Gallery, and Edinburgh University Matthew Architecture Gallery.
Her work has been shown in group exhibitions in various national and international venues including the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art (San Diego), Morlan Gallery (Transylvania University), the Tijuana Cultural Museum (Mexico), the Centre Internationale d’Art Contemporain (Montreal), the Third Chengdu Biennale (Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu, China), Chinese American Museum (Los Angeles), Biennale Disegno Rimini, Italy and in various contemporary art spaces in South Africa, Japan, and Italy.