Wednesday, March 9, 2011
He Zhubin was born in 1974 in Wuhan in Hubei Province. He studied at the Hubei Academy of Art and says his work tries to blend traditional art in a contemporary way. He is not the first, of course, to do this, since it has been going on for decades. But his work is a colorfuly display of hands and bodies and almost religious symbols of people floating and flying -- from an earlier period.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
"A place where we emerge" by Navajo artist Tony Abeyta
"This (the First Image) is the largest work of art I've ever completed. It was done directly on the gallery wall. It took 12 hours and 38 minutes over several days. It was done with India ink washes and charcoal.
The concept was to create a public work inspired by the underworld. I like the idea of creating a drawing that could describe a place where life emerges from darkness and the mythological realms of Mother earth. It is a dark and mysterious place, with memories of our past and rivers of subconsciousness flowing like veins throughout its interior. The shapes and forms have no specific symbolism, although many are recognizable. They exist as life itself climbing into a luminous new world. The center is like a shaft of life beaming into the depths, separating one world from the other. (...)".
Tony Abeyta, 2008.
Heard Museum, Phoenix (Arizona).
From the Heard Museum
Navajo artist Tony Abeyta has worked in many media to create paintings using sand, layers of oil paints, encaustic wax and collage elements that include earth pigments, bronze and copper as well as gold leafing. However, this summer Abeyta will work with yet another media – charcoal and ink washes – to produce a drawing installation for his new exhibition Underworlderness. Abeyta plans to “abstractly render the Navajo underworld, draw the realm we live in today and draw our relationship to the cosmos.”
The exhibition will also differ from his usual work in that Abeyta will draw and paint directly on the gallery wall to render the large – as large as 10 feet high – work of art. While he is painting, Abeyta’s 17-year-old son Gabriel will document his work on video and then create a short film utilizing reverse time-lapsed footage to reduce as much as four to six hours of painting to three minutes of video. Gabriel Abeyta will also incorporate original music into the video. Once completed, the video will be shown on several monitors in the gallery.
Tony Abeyta has studied painting extensively, attending Santa Fe’s Institute of American Indian Art, Maryland Institute’s College of Art in Baltimore, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (for which he received a Ford Foundation Scholarship) and New York University. Most recently, Abeyta’s work was influenced by his travels to Europe, where he spent considerable time in Florence, Italy. While in Europe, he had the opportunity to see and study paintings by masters including large-scale works such as Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica.”
In his early paintings, Abeyta used brilliant colors to depict magical journeys into Diné culture and Native spirituality. By 2002, his palette had changed to more subtle and somber earth tones. His black-and-white charcoal and ink drawings featured in Underworlderness are yet another provocative exploration by this creative artist. In the drawings and the mural, Abeyta will explore themes of plant life – seeds emerging from the ground – and abstractions of animals.