Sunday, March 1, 2015 3-5PM
Conversation with the Artists: 4PM
LA Artcore is pleased to present a solo exhibit by Los Angeles artist Diana Wong whose painting and sculpture has evolved to incorporate abstraction and representation that is fundamentally rooted within the parameters of the I Ching, the ancient divination text comprised of nine trigrams within a labyrinth-like structure that has become Wong's main source of subject matter. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Wong was encouraged by her family who instilled an early education in calligraphy and eventually as a teenager sought out her arts education through the two private arts schools that offered drawing and painting programs. It was here that Wong was exposed to Impressionism, whose flourishing use of color and gesture profoundly impacted her. After graduating from high school Wong entered the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, Italy while also apprenticing with several master painters before where she developed techniques in the classical realism style and formed a solid base for her later development. It was in London thereafter that Wong decided to break from the mores of academic painting to pursue being a professional artist. Back in Hong Kong, Wong began exhibiting regularly and through special circumstances came to Los Angeles in the mid-seventies. Here, Wong found a sense of possibility in a place whose artistic code seemed largely unwritten. In her monograph entitled, "Merging" Wong explains, "Like a turn in the Labyrinth, a new path had opened in front of me...".
Combining her interests in astronomy, physics music and the I Ching, it was in her beginning years in California that Wong first incidentally broke into abstraction, while painting landscapes that explored color and through color, geometry. Wong continues, "Spontaneity rises from zero, in the pool of emptiness with infinite possibility....requiring freedom from one's own thoughts and judgments of right or wrong." Lately, Wong's attention has been turned to nature and the effects of climate change. Through her I Ching readings, Wong has been observing an impending doom but also great opportunity. It is this delicate balance of opposing forces that has kept Wong's career and outlook invigorated. She will exhibit a ten by twenty-foot painting as well as a fifteen-minute video entitled "All Season's Become One" that addresses not only the delicate subject of the environment, but also an overall observation of balance implicit in her work. (P. Reddy)
FEBRUARY 22-MARCH 15TH, 2015
Reception – Sunday Mar. 1st, 3-5PM
3 PM – 5 PM – Union Center
Conversation With The Artist at 4 PM
Sunday, March 1, 2015 1-3PM
Conversation with the Artist: 2PM
LA Artcore presents an exhibit by Mo: "The Apartment Painter".Mo was brought into this world at the era of New China where people were taught to believe that communism would deliver freedom, democracy and fairness.
He became a young adult during the cultural revolution and experienced a period of vast chaos and destruction where people condemned their own folks and even families. It was then followed by a period of open door policies which moved China from socialism into extensive corruption, exploitation, pollution as well as total destruction in terms of humanity and integrity.
Mo as an existentialist couldn’t help but to ask himself the question of how can an artist legitimately survive in the wake of such dilemma. He soon came to conclusion that the only way is to define what he kind of artist he is and what he stood for in relation to his country’s social, cultural and political history. He commits by testifying what he believe to be the truth.
He is kept under constant surveillance, has his work confiscated, passport removed yet he refuses to compromise.
No one could forget June, 1898, a date explicitly excluded from the chronograph of Chinese modern history by its own Government.
He painted 1989 and titled it “Untitled” 200cm x 600cm. He could not think of a better name because he knew that this historical mark means so much to the history of his own country, and is forever engraved in the hearts of people (of course only for those who have a heart). The painting itself is lyrical and romantic - a crowd of people flocking into the deep blue sky over the Tian An Mun Square with their burning desire for freedom and democracy strong enough to set fire to themselves and allow themselves to be burned and vaporized into the sky.
His “Red Structure” 200cm x 300cm told us similar stories - a torn sail, or rather a torn flag, compose of blood and flesh, hanging there helplessly waiting for rescue. (D. Wong)
FEBRUARY 22 - MARCH 15
Reception - Sunday Mar. 1st, 1-3 PM
1 PM – 3 PM
Conversation With the Artist at 2 PM