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Thursday, March 8, 2012

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CYCLE: NEW WORKS by HUNG LIU
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From the di Rosa Press Release:
As a painter, Hung Liu challenges the documentary authority of historical Chinese photographs by subjecting them to the more reflective process of painting. Much of the meaning of Liu’s painting comes from the way the washes and drips dissolve the documentary 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. She has written: “I want to both preserve and destroy the image.”
Artist: Hung Liu
The work in this exhibit dates from the past five years, including art not previously exhibited, or seen in the Bay Area. Since 2003 Hung Liu has been working with master printer David Salgado at Trillium Press on a body of dense, mixed media pieces where original images are reworked, layered and combined behind sheets of resin. Liu states, “I cannot get close to my history, but I cannot get rid of it. I’m carrying my past into the future.”
Hung Liu was born in Changchun, China in 1948, and grew up under the Maoist regime. She  studied mural painting as a graduate student at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, before immigrating to the US in 1984 to attend UC San Diego. A two-time recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in painting, Liu also received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Printmaking from the Southern Graphics Council International in 2011. Liu’s works have been exhibited extensively and collected by the SFMOMA and Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Los Angeles County Museum, among others. Liu currently lives in Oakland, California, where she has been a professor of art at Mills College since 1990.
Hung Liu website
Artist Talk: Hung Liu, Wednesday, April 4, 7 PM
RSVP via email $10/$5 Members. Wine Sponsor: Patz & Hall 
Gatehouse Gallery
Wed-Sat, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
5200 Sonoma Highway, Napa, CA 94559
707-226-5991


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