The City of West Hollywood Presents
Visual Artists Guild
Creativity Dies Under Tyranny

(Photo provided courtesy of the City of West Hollywood)

 


ART & DEMOCRACY VI

The sixth in a series of art exhibitions by Visual Artists Guild with the theme of Art & Democracy.  Our participating artists from all over the world responded with their artworks that address the issues of human rights, immigrants rights, democratic aspirations, social justice and freedom of speech and expression.  This event attempts to keep alive the dialogue of Freedom and Democracy and to highlight the 30th Anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre and the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the collapse of Eastern Europe.  With this exhibit, Visual Artists Guild hopes to create a space for the world to celebrate human rights, freedom of speech and democracy.  Specials events include artist meet-and-greets, a Democracy Forum, and an Artists forum.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTSAlex Currie ●  Andre Ajibade ● Antwon Key ● Beata Pozniak ● Bing Weng ● Catherine Bauknight ● Charles Sherman ● Chen Weiming ● Chiho Harazaki ● Di Lin ● Diana Wong ●  Eliza Ortega Montilla ● Fong So ● Hugo Ruggiero ● Jared Fortunato ● Judy Lue ● Julie Li Zhu ● Madeline Hernandez ● Labkland Olfatmanesh ● Lily Honglei ● Liz Covington ● Meridith McNeal ● Nicole Jeffords ● Rachel Hebert – Kate Nicholson ● Renee Amitai ● Shaomin Li ● Sinan Leong Revell ● Stacey Gregory ● Vivian Wenhuey Chen

CURATOR: Selene Tellez

WHEN:     Opening Reception September 7, 2019,   from 1 to 5 p.m.
WHERE:    Long Hall ( inside Plummer Park).
1200 N. Vista Street, West Hollywood, Ca 90048

DATES & HOURS OPEN:
Wednesday to Sunday, Sept. 1st to Sept 25th, 2019,   from 1 to 5 p.m.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS:


OPENING RECEPTION Saturday, Sept. 7th, 2019, from 1 to 5 p.m.

DEMOCRACY FORUM – HONG KONG Saturday, Sept. 14th, 2019,  from 2 to 4 p.m.  Door opens at 1 p.m.

Specials guests from Hong Kong Forum and Amnesty International will discuss the current situation on the struggle for democracy in Hong Kong.

Everything you want to know about Hong Kong now. The Lennon Wall of Prague and Hong Kong will be replicated. Artists and guests are invited to participate in drawing or writing on the wall.

ARTISTS FORUM Saturday, Sept. 21st, 2019,  from 2 to 4 p.m.  Door opens at 1 p.m.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, go to www.ArtandDemocracy.org

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Lily & Honglei Art Studio continues the creation of Shadow Play in 2018. Besides the funding support from Creative Capital since 2015, the artist collective is also thankful to the Artist Fellowship & Fiscal Sponsorship from New York Foundation on the Arts since 2017 and New York State Council on the Arts Grant this year. Turbulence.org, the very first funder of Shadow Play that provided initial support during the 1st Phase of the project, is currently collaborating with Extremeno and Ibero-American Museum of Contemporary Art, Spain on exhibiting their net-art collection including Shadow Play. 

Take a closer look work-in-progress at L&H Art Studio. Please direct any project-related questions to chinacyberart@yahoo.com

Shadow Play, Chapter I, design by Lily & Honglei©. Medium: Virtual Reality platform, Chinese shadow puppetry motifs.

Shadow Play, Chapter III, design by Lily & Honglei©. Medium: Virtual Reality platform, Chinese shadow puppetry motifs.

Shadow Play, Chapter IV, by Lily & Honglei©. Medium: Oil on Canvas

Shadow Play in production, inside L&H Art Studio

Lily & Honglei Art Studio’s new video art piece Crossroads (十字坡) will be premiered at the next Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin held on March 13-19, 2017 in Paris at Gaîté Lyrique.

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Still of “Crossroads,” painting and animation by Lily & Honglei Art Studio

Crossroads is a three-part animated series. Aesthetically, the series mixes the imagery of classical painting with socialist propaganda art, while its narrative fuses the idioms of Greek mythology with that of traditional Chinese ghost tales. The piece offers insight into many facets of China’s political and social condition, shedding light on the country’s decades-long struggle between westernization and insulation.

For further info, visit project page http://lilyhonglei.com/crossroads/index.html , or contact the art studio at chinacyberart@yahoo.com

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Screenshot of virtual environment Shadow Play, Chapter IV. The Maze: No Exit (work-in-progress).  © 2005-2016 LILY & HONGLEI ART STUDIO

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Screenshot of virtual environment Shadow Play, Chapter I, II & III (work-in-progress).          © 2005-2016 LILY & HONGLEI ART STUDIO

For more info about Shadow Play project, visit website http://lilyhonglei.com/shadowplay2

When we communicate with one another, we wish by nature to do so in a manner that is not subject to distortion.

Source: Do Emotions Distort Knowledge Pt. 1

Lily & Honglei Art Studio’s augmented reality artworks “Crystal Coffin” and “Dragon’s Pearl” on view at at both Longlake Festival & LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura, Switzerland, Opening June 24, 2016.

Lily & Honglei Art Studio continues presenting their new project “Shadow Play” by launching the next solo exhibition at Wilfrid Israel Museum of Asian Art & Studies.

Although remains in-progress, the artist collective has been invited to exhibit their new project at several art venues around the globe since 2015, including Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning in New York, SOMART in San Francisco, Gwangju Media Art Festival in South Korea, and Wilfrid Israel Museum in Israel. The exhibits include a dozen of large prints, and a slideshow compiled of seventy screenshots of “Shadow Play” virtual reality.

Special thanks to Dr. Anat Turbowicz, museum director,  and Shir Yamaguchi, museum curator, for making this exhibition possible. Find more from museum website http://www.wilfrid.org.il/en/?p=578

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Curatorial Statement
By Dr. Shoshan Brosh-Vaitz and Shir Meller-Yamaguchi. Editing by He Li

“Chinese shadow puppet theater probably began in the 6th century during the Tang dynasty as a means of disseminating religious and historical narratives, often with highlighting the value of justice and morality. Over the years, the design of the dyed leather shadow puppets became increasingly complex; delicate cutting and coloring as well as an impressive repertoire of characters and set decorations came to be developed. Due to the dramatic ideological, technological, and cultural change that took place in China during the 20th century, this art form has waned in popularity and almost become a thing of the past. The medium has been preserved primarily through the work of collectors such as Richard Hardiman, whose collection is presented in the exhibition.

“Folk art, however, is deeply rooted in cultural consciousness and has the power to revive itself when it becomes relevant to its time again. In Shadow Play by New York-based Chinese art collective Lily and Honglei, the shadow puppets reappear in a new guise within a seemingly naïve set. Originally created on a virtual reality platform, the work was adapted for screening as a slideshow presentation for the exhibition. Using the magical imagery of the traditional shadow puppets, the artists present critical commentary on the social ills shadowing over China.

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Image by Lily & Honglei Art Studio © 2016

“Shadow Play reflects on the radical transformations experienced by China over the past thirty years through a tragic story of a rural family. The story embodies a deplorable trend that has been taking place all over China: villages and rural neighborhoods are being razed, and people who object to it are being murdered by interested parties. Children are being abducted while migrant workers are being relocated from small villages to filthy, overcrowded underground dwellings in large cities, all the while pollution abounds and public security breaks down. Basic values such as life, freedom, and dignity are being trampled in broad daylight. Lily and Honglei sketch this grim reality as a surrealistic narrative, in which mesmerizing beauty and horror are placed side by side. Green sunlight and an enchanted moonlight of yellowish-red color become obfuscated by the shadowy predicaments of reality.

“Scenes from the traditional shadow puppet theater are presented alongside scenes from its contemporary counterpart to offer a perspective on the age-old conflict between man’s base, demonic portions-which are manifest in greed, violence and exploitation–and the beautiful, exalted facets of human existence, which dwells in harmony, cooperation, altruism, and dedication.”

For more info about “Shadow Play,” visit project website http://lilyhonglei.com/shadowplay2/about.html