Brentwood Arts Exchange Exhibition: Beyond Boundaries – The Art of Shanye Huang from April 24 through May 28, 2010

By Editorial Team on April 23, 2010

Outside the Diamond | ART OPENINGS |

Opening Reception:  Saturday, May 1.  5:00 – 8:00pm

The Brentwood Arts Exchange celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with its second exhibition Beyond Boundaries – The Art of Shanye Huang.  Huang’s vibrant, colorful painting and installation works bridge the Zhuang folkloric heritage of Guangxi , China with Western color field traditions, and the disciplined skills of Chinese academic painting.

Chinese-American artist Shanye Huang grew up in the autonomous Guangxi Zhuang region of southwest China ; where the Vietnamese border and rugged terrain have made it a frontier of Chinese civilization for over two thousand years.  Populated by sixteen ethnic minorities, the area is known for vibrant folk arts, embroidery, love songs and poetry,  that all endure as significant parts of everyday life.

Huang’s bold, vibrant paintings, abundant in detail and extravagant in color, emanate from  deeply ingrained Zhuang musical traditions and move forward strongly within the forms of contemporary abstraction and off-the-canvas painting installations.  Using Chinese calligraphic forms merged with English words and set into colorfield-like canvases layered with folkloric symbols, Huang sets forth images that move viewers directly to his experience of East meeting West, yin and yang.

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries offers a unique change to experience a contemporary, cross-cultural perspective on traditions little known outside of China. Be sure to save time to explore his monumental painting Tapestry of Dreams.

Contact:  Phil Davis 301-277-2863 or phil.davis@pgparks.comBrentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center 3901 Rhode Island Ave Brentwood, MD 20722