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Cui Fei: The Journey of Transformation at the West 10th Window Project

Cui Fei: The Journey of Transformation
December 18, 2015 – January 29, 2016
West 10th Window Project
Time Equities Art-in-Buildings Projects

223-225 West 10th at Bleecker St, New York, NY

Time Equities Inc. Art-in-Buildings is pleased to announce the newest exhibition at the West 10th Window: Cui Fei, The Journey of Transformation.

Cui Fei’s The Journey of Transformation historicizes the natural world, presenting found pieces of driftwood as though they are artifacts from an archaeological dig displayed in a museum vitrine. By presenting objects that are beaten down, weathered, and discarded as elevated symbols of cultural heritage, Cui reveals a disconnect between the value we place on material objects and the value we place on our environment. Through her meticulous arrangement of the driftwood, Cui elevates the natural to the same level of preciousness assigned to the luxury items displayed in high-end boutique windows up the street. In this context, Cui imbues these otherwise overlooked pieces of driftwood with cultural importance and value.

More than referencing a museum vitrine, Cui’s display organizes the driftwood into a concise format, providing structure to objects that float freely in the natural world – ‘drifting’ implies an uncontrolled movement driven by chance and destiny. Cui explains that while in the West there is an attempt to control the environment through scientific understanding, ancient Chinese philosophies on nature recognize humanity as a part of the natural world, as opposed to a force able to control it. The driftwood mimics this philosophy as a representation of what can or cannot be controlled, while Cui’s precise arrangement realizes the Western desire to instill order onto nature.

Cui Fei was born in Jinan, China. She received her MFA in painting at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and received her BFA degree from the China Academy of Fine Arts. Cui’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY; Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ; Museum of Chinese in American, NY; Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY; Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Wave Hill, Bronx, NY; Bronx Museum of Arts; Kunstgewerbe Museum, Dresden, Germany; Jeju Museum of Art, Korea, Jeju, Korea, Rietberg Museum Zurich, Switzerland; Warehouse Gallery at Syracuse University, among others.

She is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, the Artist’s Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Art, Emerging Artist Fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park, SIP fellowship from the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, and the Artist-in-residence Workspace grant from The Center for Book Arts.

Special thanks to Mansheng Wang and Chloe Wang for contributing the driftwood collected at Dobbs Ferry.

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“Today: The Chinese Diaspora” panel — Thursday, October 4th at 6:30 pm at Fred Torres, NYC

We are pleased to invite you to a Panel Discussion on Asian-American Art Today: The Chinese Diaspora

Led by Art Critic, Jonathan Goodman

Please join us on Thursday, October 4th at  6:30 pm

Free and open to the public. Students welcome. For any group tours please contact us at director@fredtorres.com

Ji Dachun, Mattoid, 2012, Acrylic on Canvas, 50 x 60 inches

Fred Torres Collaborations
527 West 29th Street
Between 10th and 11th Avenue
New York, NY 10001

Panelists will include:

Shen Chen who began his art education in high school and continued his training at Shanghai Art College. In 1988, he came to the United States on a fellowship as artist in residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He continued his studies at Boston University on an MFA scholarship the following year. Shen’s work blends multiple cultural elements as he layers concepts of time and space with Zen philosophy, meditation, and repetition.

Ming Fay is a Shanghai-born and New York based sculptor and professor. His work focuses on the concept of the garden as a symbol of utopia and the relationship between culture and nature. Drawing upon an extensive knowledge of plants both Eastern and Western, real and mythical, Fay creates his own calligraphic floating forest of reeds, branches and surreal species.  Ming Fay received his BFA in sculpture from Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from University of California, Santa Barbara. He lives and maintains his studio in New York City.

Cui Fei was born in Jinan, China. Cui attended the Affiliate High School of Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now China Academy of Fine Arts) where later she received her BFA degree in painting. Cui taught for three years as an assistant professor at the Shandong Academy of Fine Arts. She moved to the United States in 1996 earning her MFA degree in painting at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Cui has been cited in various publications, including Art in America, The New York Times, and The New Yorker Magazine. She has received The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, the NYFA Fellowship from New York Foundation for the Arts, the BRIO Award from the Bronx Council on the Arts and was selected into the Artists-in-the-Marketplace program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Mary Ting is a visual artist working in installation, drawing, sculpture, video, and photography. Recent solo exhibitions in the NYC area include Lambent Foundation, Dean Project, metaphor contemporary art, and Kentler International Drawing Space.  Ting is a two-time recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council MCAF grantee, Gottlieb Foundation individual grant, Lambent Fellowship, and residencies at MacDowell Colony, Lower Eastside Printshop Special Editions, Dieu Donne Papermill Workspace, among others.  Ting currently teaches studio art at John Jay College and Transart Institute, New York/Berlin.

Aileen June Wang  received her Ph.D. in art history from Rutgers University in New Jersey, with a specialization in Renaissance art. Her research interests have evolved towards contemporary Chinese art, which originated during her stint as client advisor at Christie’s, New York. Current research projects revolve around Chinese and Chinese American contemporary artists whose works grapple with nostalgia and the use of the past in defining what being Chinese means. She completed a National Endowment for the Humanities summer fellowship on Asian American art this July, at New York University, and holds an appointment as assistant professor in art history and museum studies at Long Island University Post.

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Upcoming exhibitions with artist Cui Fei


Solo Exhibition:

Re-interpreting Nature: Recent work by Cui Fei
September 21 – October 26, 2011
Rosenberg Gallery
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY

Group Exhibitions:

Secret Message
September 14 – November 13, 2011
Opening reception: Sunday, September 25, 2-4pm
Islip Art Museum
East Islip, NY

Sticks and Stones
September 6, 2011 – January 6, 2012
Opening reception: Monday, September 26, 6-8pm
Lehman College Art Gallery
Bronx, NY

THE BOOK: A Contemporary View
September 9 – November 5, 2011
Center for the Arts Gallery
Towson University
Towson, MD 

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