On Satursday, Feb. 7, the Chinese American Museum unveils Lightscapes: Re-envisioning the Shanshuihua, an innovative, light-based exhibition that blends traditional Chinese landscape ink painting with new technologies.
Lightscapes was organized by the Chinese American Museum (CAM) in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles. A reception will mark the exhibition’s opening on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the museum, 425 N. Los Angeles St. This event is open to the public free of charge.
Curated by Justin Hoover, Lightscapes features works from Taiwan-born artists Nick Dong and Wu Chi Tsung, whose art is re-imagining the philosophies of the traditional landscape ink painting. Utilizing new media works and immersive light-based installations, both artists bring forward new interpretations that are not often explored within this genre. The featuring works include Wu’s Wire V, Crystal Series 007, Cyano-College 047, as well as Dong’s Heaven, Earth, Mountains, and Waters.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Wu received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Taipei National University of the Arts. He lives and works in Taipei and has a studio in Berlin, Germany. His art spans a variety of media, including photography, video, installation art, painting and set design, while transforming daily objects and phenomena into poetic imagery. Wu received the top Taipei Arts Award in 2003 and the WRO Media Art Biennale (2013) Award of Critics and Editors of Art Magazines. He was nominated for the “Artes Mundi” (2006) and “Prudential Eye Awards” (2015).
Dong was also born in Taipei and currently resides in Oakland, California. He is a multi-disciplinary metalsmith, mixed-media sculptor and socio-commodity engineer whose artwork has been exhibited and published extensively in the United States and internationally. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tung-Hai University in Taichung, Taiwan and received a Master of Fine Arts degree in metalsmithing and jewelry from the University of Oregon. With the goal of engaging audiences beyond the visual, Dong describes his work as a fully immersive event, only complete once a viewer steps into the space and an encounter is initiated.
Major support for this exhibition is provided by the Friends of the Chinese American Museum and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument.
Museum hours are Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission is free.