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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Li-lan: Silent Journey
Opening, Thursday, March 16 - Saturday, April 22, 2006
Jason McCoy Gallery is pleased to present “Li-lan: Silent Journey,” featuring a selection of oil paintings and pastels on paper.
Employing enlarged imagery relating to written and cross- cultural correspondence, such as letters, envelopes, postcards, and stamps, for example, that is contrasted against neutral white backgrounds, Li-lan’s compositions manifest as poetic metaphors for the seemingly endless transmission of everyday objects and thoughts through time and space.
Li-lan notes: “Many of [my works] include cancellation marks, return-to-sender stamps, and other indications which evoke issues of communication often creating a feeling of frustrated or misdirected messages. Letters sent, received, lost and returned suggest the complexities of communication.
I often play with images derived from photographs printed on postcards and stamps in my work. By using representations of buildings, bridges, and other monuments, I dramatize the tension between the flatness of canvas and the vast, three- dimensional spaces defined by architectural forms. I enjoy juxtaposing the patterning of postal ephemera with imagery that ultimately shuttles the viewer from examining the minutiae of a stamp’s ragged edge through vast architectural spaces of foreign lands. A postmark might overlay an image from an entirely opposite end of the world, highlighting the cross-pollination of contemporary globalization.”
Li-lan has exhibited extensively in the USA and internationally, especially in Taiwan and Japan. Her work is in major public and private collections all over the world, including the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC; the Parrish Museum in Southampton, NY; the William Benton Museum of Art in Storrs, CT; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Ohara Museum of Art in Kurashiki, Japan; and the Sezon Museum of Modern Art in Karuizawa, Japan. She lives and works in New York and East Hampton, Long Island.
A catalogue with an essay by Carter Ratcliff accompanies this exhibition.
Stephanie B. Simmons
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10.00 am to 6.00 pm