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August 21, 2003

Exhibit to feature rare look at contemporary Asian art
WindGoddess0803.tif – “Wind Goddess” by Mayumi Oda, The Spirit of Asian Contemporary Art, University Library Gallery. Sept 5 – Nov. 15.
“Wind Goddess” by Mayumi Oda, The Spirit of Asian Contemporary Art, University Library Gallery. Sept 5 – Nov. 15.

A diverse exhibit of contemporary Asian art, including calligraphy, traditional painted imagery and works inspired by eastern religions, will debut Sept. 5 and run through Nov. 15 in the University Library Gallery at California State University, Sacramento.

The show will feature artists from China, Japan and Thailand and will include forms and concepts that are vastly different from that of ancient Asian art, which was often done by anonymous artists strictly for religious purposes. The contemporary works on display reflect the expression of the artists’ opinions, beliefs and spiritual identity.

The artists chosen to display at CSUS include Chinese artists Xu Bing and Wenda Gu; Japanese artists Mayumi Oda and Kazuaki Tanahashi; and Pinaree Sanpitak of Thailand.

Of local interest is the work of Hong Zhang, who was born in China and received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. She received her master’s of art degree from CSUS in 2002.
“Mythos of Lost Dynasties” Wenda Gu, The Spirit of Contemporary Asian Art University Library Gallery, Sept. 5 – Nov. 15.
“Mythos of Lost Dynasties” Wenda Gu, The Spirit of Contemporary Asian Art University Library Gallery, Sept. 5 – Nov. 15.

Zhang and her identical twin sister use their unusually long hair in their art projects, such as tying them together for photographs. For her master’s thesis at CSUS, Zhang explored the psychic nature and spirit of twins by using her long hair as a personal metaphor for her hybrid identity in a series titled Twin Spirits. The series, part of which will be featured in the show, represents the interaction of Eastern beauty and Western influence, which Zhang says has shaped her identity both in the past and the present.

The exhibit is free and open to the public Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, please call 278-2368. Media assistance is available by contacting the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

 

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