Strange Fruit: New Paintings by Hung Liu on display at ASU Art Museum


January 7, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz. – An exhibition of 30 new works by painter Hung Liu will open at the ASU Art Museum on Jan. 26 and run through April 28. A free, public reception for Strange Fruit: New Paintings by Hung Liu will be attended by the artist and is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. on Feb. 1.

A slide lecture by the artist will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 in the Art Building, and Liu will give a gallery talk at noon on Feb. 1. Download Full Image

Liu’s new paintings, many of which will be shown for the first time in this exhibition, reflect her diverse personal history in their combination of styles. Exhibition curator Heather Lineberry said that Hung Liu’s experiences growing up during China’s Cultural Revolution and her move to this country in 1984 exhibit both adversity and perseverance.

“This history predetermines the layers of content and formal approaches found in her paintings, what she has called ‘pastiches of style and clashes of cultures,’” Lineberry said.
Liu’s formal training in Beijing permitted drawing only from life, forbidding even the use of photography to capture that life. It also strictly limited the way in which artists were permitted to paint. Liu has likened the constrained, figurative painting process to paint-by-numbers with rules as to anatomical dimensions and color combinations.

Liu, however, rebelled against these strict controls and even while in China she secretly used photography as an aid in her painting. When she was permitted to move to San Diego in 1984 to further her studies, Liu expanded her use of photographs, in her work. Her style also developed as she was able, for the first time, to give free reign to her creative impulses.

Liu’s fascination with history and photos, particularly with reclaiming the lost histories of nameless women, has been strongly influenced by the losses she and her own family suffered as she grew up. Her father was interned in labor camp when she was a baby and her family destroyed most of their family photos out of fear, because such personal items were forbidden during the Cultural Revolution.

During the past five years, Liu’s paintings have gained in complexity. Historic photographs from early and mid-20th century China have been her primary inspiration throughout her career. Yet her translation of these images has become more layered, ambiguous and sensuous.

“Liu samples freely from Eastern and Western, historic and contemporary practices. The paintings hover between realistic and abstract, narrative and symbolic, allowing for multiple interpretations by the viewer,” Lineberry said.

In many paintings, Liu explores representations of women. Her women are icons – prostitutes, brides, warriors, mothers – treated as individuals, rather than simply a nameless, insignificant part of history.

The women of Strange Fruit, painted in 2001, are based on photographs of Korean “comfort women” who were forced into service for Japanese soldiers during wartime. In Eight Portraits from Strange Fruit, Liu departs from the composition of the source photograph and memorializes the comfort women as individuals. The Japanese sword seen in the original photograph remains in the picture, yet the men are stricken from the image.

A free, public reception, attended by the artist, will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Feb. 1, in conjunction with the reception for Topsy Turvy: Sculpture by Alison Saar. The Herberger College School of Music’s African Drum Ensemble will provide music at the reception. Refreshments will be served.

A slide lecture by the artist will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 in the Art Building. For directions call the ASU Art Museum at the number listed below. Liu will also give a gallery talk at noon on Feb. 1.

The exhibition was co-curated and co-organized by the Boise Art Museum and will travel nationally. A catalogue for the exhibition is available in the ASU Art Museum store.

In Arizona, the exhibition and related programs are supported in part by Mikki and Stanley Weithorn; the Arizona Commission on the Arts, with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Friends of the ASU Art Museum. The catalogue was made possible by Rena Bransten and the Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco.

The ASU Art Museum is a division of The Katherine K. Herberger College of Fine Arts at Arizona State University. For more information, please call (480) 965-2787 or http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu.

When You Go:

Location: ASU Art Museum, Nelson Fine Arts Center, corner Mill Avenue and 10th Street, Tempe.
Date &Time: Strange Fruit: New Paintings by Hung Liu commences on Jan. 26 and runs through April 28.
A slide lecture by the artist will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 in the Art Building.
A free, public reception, attended by the artist, will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Feb. 1, in conjunction with the reception for Topsy Turvy: Sculpture by Alison Saar.
Parking: Free parking is available in ASU Art Museum-marked spaces at the south end of Tempe Center, located at the NE corner of Mill Ave. and 10th St. Visitors using museum spaces must sign in at the front desk in the lobby.
Phone: (480) 965-2787
Website: http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu
Cost: Free 

Media Contact:
Jennifer Pringle
480-965-8795
jennifer.pringle@asu.edu

School of Art announces Spring ‘02 exhibitions at Harry Wood Gallery, Northlight Gallery and Step Gallery


January 9, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz.--The broad range of studio art disciplines taught at the School of Art in ASU’s Herberger College of Fine Arts will be highlighted in exhibitions during the Spring 2002 semester at three on-campus galleries: the Harry Wood Gallery, Northlight Gallery and Step Gallery.

Exhibitions will feature work spanning media and processes from the traditional to the high-tech, including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, fibers, photography, printmaking and intermedia. Download Full Image

School of Art students, staff and faculty operate the galleries, which are open to the public.

The Harry Wood Gallery features solo exhibitions by graduate students completing master of fine arts (MFA) degrees, as well as group shows by undergraduate students.

Significant contemporary and historical photography and the work of School of Art photography students are featured at the Northlight Gallery. 
The Step Gallery showcases works by School of Art undergraduates, both in solo and group shows. 

(Exhibition schedules for each gallery follow.)

The School of Art is part of The Katherine K. Herberger College of Fine Arts at Arizona State University. The college educates more than 2,500 students annually and encompasses the School of Art, the School of Music, the Department of Theatre and the Department of Dance, as well as the research-based Institute for Studies in the Arts and the ASU Art Museum. Visit the Herberger College School of Art on the Web at http://art.asu.edu



Harry Wood Gallery
Location: Art Building, ASU main campus, Tempe (near the intersection of Forest and Tyler malls)
Admission: Free
Gallery Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Now through Jan. 18
Juried Undergraduate Exhibition
Outstanding works showcasing varied studio art programs at ASU’s Herberger College School of Art will be on display in this group show, which is juried by School of Art faculty members.

Jan. 22-25
Empiricism 
Beyond light--the electromagnetic spectrum--astronomers search for a means to investigate dark matter in the universe. In her thesis exhibition, Anna Vida, a graduate student in the intermedia program at the ASU’s Herberger College School of Art, reacts to science’s quest for understanding of the external physical world, guiding viewers on a journey that illuminates the invisible, internal human condition.

Jan. 28-Feb. 2
MFA Thesis Exhibition–Ceramic
An exhibition of ceramic works by Hisu Kim, who is pursuing a master of fine arts degree at the School of Art in ASU’s Herberger College of Fine Arts. The public is invited to meet the artist at an opening reception on Jan. 28 at 7 p.m.

Feb. 4-8
Nobuism
Through his figurative ceramic forms, Nobuhito Nishigawara, a graduate student at ASU’s Herberger College School of Art, contemplates the beauty and mystery of the female body in his thesis exhibition, often combining various body parts in non-traditional ways to create new forms in ceramics. The public is invited to meet the artist at an opening reception on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.

Feb. 11-22
Emerging Places
Yuko Umeda, a native of Japan and a graduate student at ASU’s Herberger College School of Art, expresses her awe in the natural grandeur of the Arizona landscape through her monumental works of handmade felt, wool and silk. This is her thesis exhibition. The public is invited to meet the artist at an opening reception on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.

Feb. 25-March 1
Juried Printmaking Exhibition
An exhibition of outstanding works by graduate students in the printmaking program at ASU’s Herberger College School of Art. The public is invited to meet the artists at an opening reception on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.

March 4-8
Critter
Joey Gottbrath, a graduate student at ASU’s Herberger College School of Art, presents sculptural works in wood in his thesis exhibition. The public is invited to meet the artist at an opening reception on March 4 at 7 p.m.

March 11-22
Nathan Cummings Travel Fellowship Award Exhibition
The idea that travel is integral to artistic development is at the heart of this annual exhibition and competition. Graduate students from ASU’s Herberger College School of Art may enter a single work in this annual event, which is judged by faculty members. The grand prize is a significant cash award to be used by the student artist for summer travel. The exhibition and competition is based on the long-established educational and artistic tradition of “The Grand Tour.” The fellowship is awarded to the student whose work and written statement best exemplify the intent of “The Grand Tour.”

March 25-29
MFA Thesis Exhibition–Fibers
This is the thesis exhibition of Frank Bell, a graduate student in the fibers program at ASU’s Herberger College School of Art. The public is invited to meet the artist at an opening reception on March 25 at 7 p.m.

April 1-5
Entrances and Exits
Ancient passageways, paths and portals, expressed through the use of simple shapes and forms, are at the heart of this exhibition of paintings by Deanna Wayne, a graduate student at ASU’s Herberger College School of Art. The show is Wayne’s thesis exhibition.

April 8-12
Flux of Consciousness
This exhibition of paintings by Mary Porterfield, an occupational therapist who is pursuing her master of fine arts degree at ASU’s Herberger College School of Art, portrays the suffering of the Alzheimer’s disease patients with whom Porterfield works. Using palette knives to vary surface texture, Porterfield attempts to represent the fluctuation between her patients’ moments of clarity and confusion. It is her thesis exhibition. The public is invited to meet her at an opening reception on April 8 at 7 p.m.

April 15-19
Observed Abstraction
Michael Clark, a graduate student in the painting program at ASU’s Herberger College School of Art, concentrates on imagery in tightly cropped compositions of abstract still life sculpture in this exhibition of paintings, drawings and monotypes. It is Clark’s master of fine arts thesis exhibition. The public is invited to meet him at an opening reception on April 15 at 7 p.m.April 22-26
MFA Thesis Exhibition—Ceramics
An exhibition of works by Steve Garcia, who is pursuing a master of fine arts degree at the School of Art in ASU’s Herberger College of Fine Arts. The public is invited to meet the artist at an opening reception on April 22 at 7 p.m.

April 29-May 3
Metals and Wood Group Exhibition
Outstanding works from students in the metals and wood program at ASU’s Herberger College School of Art. The public is invited to meet the artists at an opening reception on April 29 at 7 p.m.

May 6-Aug. 30
MFA Summer Exhibition
This juried exhibition features outstanding work by artists pursuing master of fine arts degrees at the School of Art in ASU’s Herberger College of Fine Arts. The public is invited to meet the artists at an opening reception on May 6 at 7 p.m.

Northlight Gallery
Location: Matthews Hall, ASU main campus, Tempe (southeast corner of Tyler and Forest malls)
Admission: Free
Gallery Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with evening hours from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, and Sunday from 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Feb. 5-March 5
Northlight Southwest 2002
The varied works of nine photographers living in the Southwest are showcased in this exhibition juried by Anne Wilkes Tucker, the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The public is invited to an opening reception on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.

March 19-28
Balkan Principle 
Daniel Kariko, a graduate student at the School of Art in ASU’s Herberger College of Fine Arts who lived his first 17 years in Yugoslavia, reflects on the differences between Eastern and Western culture through his toned and altered gelatin silver prints. The public is invited to meet the artist at an opening reception on March 18 at 7 p.m.

April 2-9
Annual BA/BFA Exhibition
The public is invited to meet the artists at an opening reception on April 1 at 7 p.m.

April 16-25
The One That Smells Like Rain
Aaron Bommarito, a graduate student in photography at ASU’s Herberger College School of Art, presents his thesis exhibition in photography. Using the photogravure process, Bommarito explores the creosote bush in the Sonoran Desert. The public is invited to meet the artist at an opening reception on April 15 at 7 p.m.

Step Gallery
Location: Tempe Center, ASU main campus, Tempe (southeast corner of Mill and University)
Admission: Free
Gallery Hours: Monday through Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. and Friday from noon to 3 p.m.

Jan. 28-Feb. 1
Open to Interpretation
A showcase of sculpture works in materials including cast metals and sheet steel by Andy Olson, an undergraduate student in ASU’s Herberger College School of Art. The public is invited to meet the artist at an opening reception on Jan. 28 at 7 p.m.

Feb. 4-8
A Summer’s Odyssey
A group exhibition of photography from a trip to Greece. The public is invited to meet the artists at an opening reception on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.

Feb. 11-15
Retrospect
An exhibition of paintings by Jordan Golding and Christopher Martinez, seniors in the painting program at ASU’s Herberger College School of Art. The artists selected works that they believe will form the foundation of their artistic identities. The public is invited to meet the artists at an opening reception on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.

Feb. 18-22
The Eyesore Beauty Pageant
Liz Adams, an artist, inventor and undergraduate student at ASU’s Herberger College School of Art, interprets popular culture with a personal blend of kitsch, humor, edginess and sexuality. Adams uses a variety of materials to make bizarre two- and three-dimensional and installation pieces. The public is invited to meet the artist at an opening reception on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.

Feb. 25-March 1
Self Identity
A group exhibition of photography by undergraduate students at the School of Art in ASU’s Herberger College of Fine Arts. The public is invited to meet the artists at an opening reception on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.

March 4-8
Mouthful
Drawings by Paul Booth, a sophomore in the drawing program at the School of Art in ASU’s Herberger College of Fine Arts. The public is invited to meet the artist at an opening reception on March 4 at 7 p.m.

March 18-22
An Exhibition by David Solnick
An exhibition of works in various media by David Solnick, a senior at the School of Art in ASU’s Herberger College of Fine Arts. The public is invited to meet the artist at an opening reception on March 18 at 7 p.m.

March 25-29
An Exhibition by Yayoi Senda
Yayoi Senda, a visiting artist at ASU’s Herberger College School of Art, blends her works in ceramic with the ancient Japanese art form of ikebana, in which cut stems, leaves and flowers are beautifully arranged in vases and other vessels. The public is invited to meet the artist at an opening reception on March 25 at 7 p.m.

April 1-5 
Exhibits from Bali
A group of undergraduate students from ASU’s Herberger College School of Art who took a summer session art course on the South Pacific island of Bali, present the fruits of their studies in this exhibition. Photography, batiks, oil paintings, watercolors and other types of artwork inspired by the experience and created while in Bali will be showcased. The public is invited to meet the artists at an opening reception on April 1 at 7 p.m.

April 8-12
Natural Passions
Angela Grimes, a senior in the sculpture program at ASU’s Herberger College School of Art, explores the sensual quality of the materials in which she works. In this exhibition, she showcases sculptural works in wood, metal and fabric, all created during the course of her studies at the School of Art. The public is invited to meet the artist at an opening reception on April 8 at 7 p.m.

April 22-26
Illustrated Science Fiction: Creation
Ian Castruita, a senior in the painting/drawing program at ASU’s Herberger College School of Art and a member of the Barrett Honors College, debuts an original, illustrated science fiction short story in this exhibition, which also documents his creative process. The exhibition includes his referenced materials, final page layouts, preliminary sketches and his final acrylic on canvas illustrations, none of which is smaller than 3-by-4 feet. The exhibition is part of Castruita’s honors thesis creative project. The public is invited to meet him at an opening reception on April 22 at 7 p.m.

April 15-19
Furotype
With an exhibition of mixed media works including photography, pastel charcoal drawings and wood block prints, Brian Skaggs, a senior in the studio art program at ASU’s Herberger College School of Art, creates a tribute to his beloved pets. But no cloying pictures of kittens playing with balls of yarn turn up here. Through his work, Skaggs chronicles the lives of the ferrets he has raised over the past eight years. The public is invited to meet the artist at an opening reception on April 15 at 7 p.m.

April 29-May 3
An Exhibition by Rania Gustafson
An exhibition of paintings by Rania Gustafson, a senior at ASU’s Herberger College School of Art. The public is invited to meet the artist at an opening reception on April 29 at 7 p.m.

Media Contact:
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480-965-8795
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