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Spring 2016 Exhibitions

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Space Drawing
by Sun K. Kwak

Long Term Installation
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre Gallery

New York-based Korean American artist Sun K. Kwak's canvas is architectural space and her primary medium is black masking tape. Kwak achieves the effect painterly strokes by tearing away the tape from the surfaces of architectural spaces. Her sprawling freehand strokes weave designs over surfaces to dramatic effect. Sun K. Kwak creates a site-specific installation at the Charles B. Wang Center by creating lines that liberate the space, and in doing so transforming the space into a new pictorial reality.

 

 

The Charles B. Wang Center thanks Shurtape for its in-kind donation of materials in support of this exhibition.

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Webtoon: The Evolution of Korean Digital Comics
March 10 — May 31, 2016
Charles B. Wang Center Jasmine, Zodiac, and Video Galleries

South Korea's entertainment landscape is shaped by a force that's not widely known in the West: The webtoon. The Webtoon is digital comics run the gamut from comedies to dramas, from thrillers to romances and elaborate fantasies. It can be enjoyed anywhere, anytime, online and on mobile devices. Their popularity has given rise to TV series, films, musical performances, and video games and souvenir businesses. The term webtoon was coined by Naver, one of the top search engines in South Korea, and it quickly became a term that applied to all web cartoons.

This exhibition was organized by the Korean Cultural Service in New York and supported by the Korean portal service, Naver, Rolling Stories and TappyToon.

 

 

 

This exhibition is a part of Tour 1 of the Art Crawl: A Guided Tour of Campus Galleries on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

 

 

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RELATED PROGRAMS

LECTURE
Korea’s Digital Comics: The Evolution of Webtoons in a Global Context
Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 1:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre
Free Admission!

 

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Shiva Ahmadi: Spheres of Suspension
March 10 — May 31, 2016
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery

This exhibition features the work of contemporary Iranian-American artist Shiva Ahmadi's, including lush and imaginative artworks of various mediums, such as paintings, works on paper and videos. Ahmadi's work reflects on global subjects of social trauma and corruption through dexterous brush strokes. By juxtaposing beautifully captivating figures and ethereal landscapes that are deeply rooted in Eastern poetic and visual traditions, Ahmadi makes a powerful series of statements about the insidious convergence of political and religious power.

 

This exhibition is a part of Tour 2 of the Art Crawl: A Guided Tour of Campus Galleries on Thursday, April 21, 2016.

 

 

 

Fall 2015 Exhibitions

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Origami Heaven
September 9, 2015 — January 8, 2016
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery, Video Gallery

Origami Heaven showcases the extraordinary power and potential of contemporary origami with the work of artists, Madeline del Toro Cherney (USA), Thomas R. Crain (USA), George Hart (USA), Hiroshi Hayakawa (Japan), Qi Hu (China), Wonju Seo (Korea/USA), Fatima Shakil (Pakistan), Jule Waibel (Germany) and Kumi Yamashita (Japan). In the hands of nine international artists, what was once considered a Japanese children's craft has become a global art phenomenon. These visionary masters redefine the art of origami into breathtaking paintings, sophisticated furniture, wearable fashion, large-scale installations, and conceptual works that express an extraordinary range of bold statements and beautiful ideas.

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This exhibition is a part of Tour 1 of the Art Crawl: A Guided Tour of Campus Galleries on Thursday, September 10, with a lecture by Hiroshi Hayakawa.

 

Read The New York Times review of this exhibition by Aileen Jacobson: ‘Origami Heaven’ Unfolds

 

RELATED PROGRAMS

LECTURE
Origami and the Making of Between the Folds
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 5 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

FILM
Between the Folds directed by Vanessa Gould
On View September 9 to December 31, 2015
Charles B. Wang Center Video Gallery

WORKSHOP
Fabric Origami Techniques with Wonju Seo
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Session 1: 1:00-2:30 PM | Session 2: 3:00-4:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

LECTURE
Artist Talk: Kumi Yamashita
Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 2:30 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

LECTURE
Modular Kirigami
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 6 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

WORKSHOP
12-Card Star Construction
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 1 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

WORKSHOP
Origami Heaven Retreat
October 31 - November 2, 2015
Hilton Garden Inn Stony Brook

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Earth and Sky: Captured Movement
Works by Sook Jin Jo

September 9 — December 31, 2015
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre Gallery

Korean American artist Sook Jin Jo is a multidisciplinary artist who uses found materials such as wood from discarded furniture that resonates with its previous history. Her interconnected themes include — space and form, destruction and rebirth, the material and the spiritual as well as life and death. Inspired by a recent artist’s residency in Shanghai, Jo’s new series of black paintings explores the iconography of clouds from traditional Chinese painting by contemplating the current air pollution and complexity of the metropolis.

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Read the FronteraD review of this exhibition by Jonathan Goodman: Sook Jin Jo: Approaching the Mystery of Things

 

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Reality Override
Mixed Media Art by Singaporean Artist Ren Zi

September 9 — December 31, 2015
Charles B. Wang Center Zodiac Gallery

In celebration of Singapore's 50th anniversary of Independence, the Charles B. Wang Center highlights the a multitude of Singaporean cultural themes with the artist Ren Zi. Zi is a self-taught digital media artist who uses nature, his personal memories and Singapore’s transformation as inspiration for his art. Ren Zi investigates the malleability of memory and our internal reality by citing phenomenological psychology and Buddhist and Taoist philosophies. Ren Zi prints on a wide range of materials including acrylic, aluminum and bamboo paper. This is Zi's first exhibition in the United States and the result of his six month artist residency at Nars Foundation in Brooklyn. Zi has exhibited in Singapore at Ion Art Gallery, Instinc Gallery and Volvo Art Loft.

 

This exhibition is a part of Tour 2 of the Art Crawl: A Guided Tour of Campus Galleries on Wednesday, November 18.

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RELATED PROGRAMS

LECTURE
A Contemporary Art Practice from a Trans-Asian Perspective
Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 2:30 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

PERFORMANCE
The Hyphenated Life: Being a Multi-Genre Artist in Multi-Cultural Singapore
Shared by Verena Tay
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 6:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre
Admission: $10 (General) / $5 (Students/Seniors)

 

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With an Untainted Eye:
Dale Cherney as Artist

September 9 — December 31, 2015
Charles B. Wang Center Zodiac Gallery

Dale Cherney was an artist who carefully examined the everyday and familiar from a perspective that was anything but. Throughout her career she created bold original forms that explored the contrast of movement amid stillness.

Born in 1985, Dale Cherney began her art as a young child, winning many art contests from elementary school through high school. She studied art as an undergraduate at Cornell University where her photography was published in Untitled Magazine’s Surreal series, April 2006.

Cherney's photographs have been showcased at Cornell’s Alice Cook House as well as its Johnson Museum of Art. Dale did fashion photography and promotional advertising work for the artist Bob Daniels, as well as created CD covers for several musical groups.

In 2012 Dale Cherney came to Stony Brook University, where she continued her art studies. Sadly, on June 3, 2015, Cherney passed away from complications of schizophrenia.

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