- January 13 – Visiting artist Hung Liu and her husband Jeff Kelley will lecture about contemporary Chinese art Tuesday evening, January 13th, at the Cuale Cultural Center at 7:30. This lecture is free and open to the public. The presentation will be in both Spanish and English.
- January 14 – Hung Liu will then open a show at Omar Alonso Galerie Wednesday, January 14th, during the Vallarta ArtWalk, 7 to 9 pm.
- January 16 to 31 – Hung Liu will also participate in a show with six other artists that opens on January 16th at the Cathy von Rohr Studio.
Known for paintings drawn from Chinese historical photography, Hung Liu’s works focus on what she calls the “mythic poses” that underlay the photographic surfaces of history. Much of the meaning of Liu’s painting comes from the way the washes and drips dissolve the photo-based images, suggesting the passage of memory into history, while working to uncover the cultural and personal narratives fixed – but often concealed – in the photographic instant. Liu was born in Changchun, China in 1948, growing up under the Maoist regime. She immigrated to the US in 1984 to attend the University of California, San Diego, where she received her MFA. She currently lives in Oakland and is a tenured professor in the art department at Mills College.
A practicing art critic since 1977, Jeff Kelley has written for such publications as Artforum, Art in America, Artweek, Vanguard, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. He has also contributed catalogue essays to publications for the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Mudima Foundation in Milan, Italy, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Des Moines Art Center, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. From 1970-72, Kelley attended the California Institute of the Arts as a painter, and received an MFA in Art Criticism from the University of California, San Diego, in 1985. In 2008 Kelley, an expert in Chinese contemporary art, curated an exhibition at SFMoMA titled, “Half-Life of a Dream: Contemporary Chinese Art From the Logan Collection.” Since 2001 Kelley has been the Consulting Curator of Contemporary Art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, for which he is curating a series of exhibitions on contemporary Asian art.
Chance must be recognized as a new stimulus to artistic creation. -Dada
ARTISTS: Javier M. Rodríguez, Davis Birks, Ireri Topete, Yesika Félix, Sergio Martínez, Fernando Sánchez and Hung Liu
January 16 to January 31, 2009
Opening reception: Cathy Von Rohr – Studio Gallery, Friday, January 16th from 7 to 10PM. Cocktail and lotería
1 a: something that happens unpredictably without discernible human intention or observable cause b: the assumed impersonal purposeless determiner of unaccountable happenings.
The exhibition will focus on six artists whose work is inspired by the idea of chance or randomness. Collectively these six individual artists will transform the gallery into a provocative site, referencing the Dadaist experience, where the relationship between chance and art can be examined and unpredictability in creation explored.
Cathy Von Rohr – Studio Gallery
321 Manuel M. Dieguez, Colonia Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Tel: 322 222-5875