Monica Bengoa: Exercices de Style (Exercises in Style)
February 14, 2015 - April 26, 2015
Exercices de Style (Exercises in Style) is the title of Monica Bengoa’s latest series of work to be exhibited at The Frost Art Museum in February 2015. The Chilean-born artist adopts the texts from seven pages of the French writer Raymond Queneau’s book of the same title. In Queneau’s book, the writer tells a brief story of an everyday life situation that happens on a bus, and then, he re-writes that same story ninety-nine times, in ninety-nine different ways, each in a radically different style—as a sonnet, an opera, in slang, and so forth. Bengoa has conceived three different series, one made in wool felt, another in hand-cut paper, and a third in embroidery. Each work will reproduce one page of a different version of Exercices de Style, there will be six pages where the letters are hand-carved in felt, eleven pages in paper, and eight pages in embroidery.
In the same way that Queneau uses language in many different ways in his story, each of the artist’s exercises in various media, offers a new and unusual way to look at ordinary situations, allowing the viewer to find something novel and surprising in the most insignificant, unnoticed thing. Curated by Julia P. Herzberg, Ph.D.
Xu Bing: Writing Between Heaven and Earth
February 14, 2015 - May 24, 2015
The character Shu in ancient Chinese signifies books, written characters, and the act of writing. This solo exhibition presents the shu art of Xu Bing (b. 1955-), the world acclaimed contemporary Chinese artist, from his Tian Shu (Book from the Sky) to Di Shu (Book from the Ground) and Landscape Landscript in between. All these shu related masterpieces demonstrate the art of writing as image. Together they create a Zen-like tranquil space drawing one naturally into an artistic contemplation of the works while cultivating oneself in a serene atmosphere. These thought-provoking works of art will not only challenge the viewers’ preconceptions about written language and cultural identity, they will also invite them to interact with the art.
His interactive educational work, Square Word Calligraphy, involves the creation of a unique writing system that transforms English into Chinese writing. He uses components of Chinese characters to transform an English word into what looks like a Chinese character. The work, created in a classroom setting in this exhibition, is a perfect fusion of eastern and western cultures into one harmony.
This exhibition is designed to serve and educate people of different cultures and nationalities with his art. “My aim is to make an art that truly serves the people.” - Xu Bing
Curated by Professor Lidu Yi.