Moving Memories is a group exhibition featuring regional photographer Tom Peterson and two Chinese artists, Li Xi 李晰 and Fan Fan 樊帆, whom are a married couple practicing different forms of painting. This collection of artwork is based in memory and captures the ephemeral qualities of subjects in transition. The exhibition will run from Saturday, July 25, 2015 to Thursday, August 27, 2015 with a reception scheduled for Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 4pm – 6pm.
Fan Fan 樊帆 is a nationally recognized environmental designer and faculty member at the Xi’an Academy of Fine Art. His latest work returns to the act of drawing with ink on rice paper. He recalls objects and the landscape of his ancestral home before the effects of the Cultural Revolution in Xi’an. Carved stone lions, a doorway to past home, a tea kettle warming over a fire, and other recollected memories are mysteriously rendered. Fan Fan uses a fluid brush technique where the pigment does as much work as the artist’s hand, creating cloudy articulations of a lost time and place.
Li Xi, PhD 李晰 is the Deputy Director of the Xi’an Academy of Fine Art Museum, an Assistant Professor at the Xi’an Academy of Fine Art and has exhibited internationally. The suite of work included in this exhibition focuses on eastern symbols of purity. Her subjects include the lotus flower, apple blossoms, and representations of the Bodhisattva. Many of which capture the transition from full bloom to the first sign of seasonal deterioration. Each composition is dialed into the instance where the flower loses a peddle or begins it’s slow decent back to it’s origin, recycling its energy for future generations. The Bodhisattva offers their altruism the same way the plants do, through calm reflection.
Tom Peterson is an award-winning documentary and fine art photographer located in Hamden, CT. He is a member of the City Gallery in New Haven, CT and has exhibited extensively throughout the state. Tom assigns himself the role of an archeologist and in his suite of photographs locates places throughout Connecticut and New York that are the remnants of eras past. Back alleys, side streets, and forgotten buildings are transformed from post-industrial urban decay into abstract expressionist compositions. The brilliantly colored palettes in each composition offer an optimistic take on weathered and abandoned spaces.