Exciting September Events Ch'i Contemporary Fine Art Kicks off Fall Season Sept 6th

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Ch'i contemporary fine art is pleased to announce five important exhibitions this fall: "Enthalpy" new photographs by Michel Demanche at the gallery home: 293 Grand St. Brooklyn, NY from Sept 9-Oct 9, 2006; "9:11 and the American Landscape," the photography of Jonathan Hyman at the WTC Memorial Foundation Museum -- 45th Floor WTC building #7 from Sept 8-Oct 8, 2006; "9/11: A Nation Remembers," the photography of Jonathan Hyman at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia from Sept 8,2006-January 1, 2007; Artist Sun K. Kwak appearing at the Gwuangjyu Biennale in Gwuangjyu, Korea, from Sept 9-November 11, 2006 and Artist Liu Jian appearing at the Shanghai Abstract Painting Biennale at the Shanghai Culture and Art Center from Sept 1-October 27, 2006.

Ch'i is pleased to announce the opening of their fall season with a photography exhibition by Michel Demanche. Ms. Demanche, an international artist, has won acclaim for her photography, taking first place at the the Florence Biennale and having a piece acquired by the Houston Museum of Art.

Additionally, her works are in the Sheppard Pratt Collection, the Frito Lay Co. collection and Chase Manhattan Bank's collection among others. Ms. Demanche has exhibited at the LA Center for Photography, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The National Museum for Women in the Arts, The Governor's Mansion in Maryland, Howard County Arts Center, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Franklin Furnace, William Campbell Fine Art in Dallas/Fort Worth, Art La and Photo NY as well as other juried gallery shows across the United State.

Ms. Demanche says when speaking of her work that "The world is a spiritual place and that spirit is found through the subtle natural forces through which we move and move upon us. In some ways it is our constant. I witness physical change and I work to express that constant with the chemicals of my medium." Of the current, "enthalpy" exhibition, she explains, "I observe the process of transformation, some started by man and finished by nature and work to capture enthalpic change with an objective eye, the camera. I am in the 7th year of 10 recording the transformations; not only the landscape, but with it the people of Somerset County, Maryland. Here is a selection of a small sample of my record. Concurrent with my images of transformation I am recording the places, times, and rituals of what I call Americana. It too is changing."

Ms. Demanche's "Enthalpy" exhibition at Ch'i this fall will run from September 9 - October 9, 2006, with a public reception on Sept 15th from 6-9 p.m. at the gallery's Williamsburg Brooklyn location, 293 Grand St. Gallery. Hours for the exhibition are Thursday-Sunday 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesday or Wednesday by appointment.

Jonathan Hyman @ WTC Memorial Foundation & National Constitution Center

Ch'i is excited to announce that Photographer, Jonathan Hyman, whom they represent, is to appear in two national solo exhibitions in honor of the 5th anniversary of 9-11. The first show at the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation & Museum will open to the public on September 7th and run through October 9, 2006 on the 45th floor of WTC building #7. It will showcase 63 of Mr. Hyman's photographs and is open to the public Monday - Thursday from Noon-6 p.m. & Saturdays & Sundays 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The second exhibition will take place simultaneously at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and will feature 100 of Jonathan's photographs. This second show will open on September 8th and run through January 1, 2007. Public viewing hours are Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Since September 11th, 2001, Jonathan Hyman has traveled the United States photographing the wide spectrum of American expression post-9/11 and has taken over 15,000 pictures of the personal tributes and memorials created in response to the attacks. From painted barnyards and firehouses to elaborate tattoos and neighborhood murals, the collection depicts a nation publicly coming to grips with a horrifying and shocking attack while at the same time trying to understand its new sense of vulnerability. The photographs present a unique chronicle of post-9/11 society as seen through the American vernacular. Jonathan Hyman traveled through parts of the Midwest and the East Coast from Maine to Virginia, making stops at Shanksville, Pa., the Pentagon, and Ground Zero for his photography project. In the fall of 2002, he photographed tributes from upstate New York to Chicago and back, passing through Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana.

In the summer of 2003, he joined a cross-country, 9/11 charity motorcycle ride at the Ohio/Pennsylvania border and photographed the ride all the way to its final destination in New York City. In the spring of 2005, he made another round-trip to Chicago from upstate New York.

“9/11 and the American Landscape” curator and WTC Memorial Foundation Senior Adviser Clifford Chanin said, “From within sight of Ground Zero to the far corners of rural America, Jonathan Hyman captures markers of memory – imprints on the local landscape that bring back the essentials of September 11th. At times angry, at times sorrowful, often pitch-perfect, Hyman’s works declare publicly the mix of private feelings that Americans of all stripes have shared. This exhibition stands in tribute not only to what was lost on September 11, 2001, but to the resolve and spirit of the American people.”

National Constitution Center President and CEO Joseph Torsella says, “The compelling and historic subject matter touches every American in a profound way, as seen in the extraordinary response documented in Hyman’s photographs. The exhibition pays tribute to the nation’s collective memory of the 9/11 attacks and is an essential source for understanding our shared pride, pain, and patriotism during one of the most important anniversaries in our nation’s history.”

Jonathan himself said, “The photographs I took, from the inner city to rural areas, from the spectacular to the banal, portray a nation constructing memories through the making of art as it attempts to simultaneously heal and understand the attacks. I feel a profound sense of sadness over the loss of so many lives and the damage the attacks caused and am deeply moved to have worked on a meaningful and useful project that coincided with a seminal moment in American history."

Mr. Hyman’s photographs were previously presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as part of the memorial concert, “Concert for America,” which aired on the first anniversary of the attacks, as well as at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C. and the Rico/Maresca Gallery in New York City.

Sun K. Kwak @ Gwuangjyu Biennale

Another of the artists whom Ch'i represents, Sun K. Kwak, has been chosen as one of three Korean artists residing in the United States to participate in the Gwuangjyu Biennale. This international artist Biennale was the first to be held in Asia and is now in its 6th incarnation. Ms. Kwak will be creating one of her masking tape wall drawings for the biennale which will run from September 9 - November 11, 2006.

Ms. Kwak most recently created an installation for the window gallery at the Hyundai Gallery in Korea. She has permanent wall drawings in City 75 at the Rockefeller center in NYC and is about to create another permanent drawing for Sue Uemura in Los Angeles. Her works have appeared in exhibitions at the Seoul City Museum, the Queens Museum, the Drawing Center, the Korean Embassy in Washington, D.C. and the Korean Cultural Center in L.A. among others. Ms. Kwak describes her process as such: "I use my visual imagination to create an impression of what I see through line. Series of my masking tape drawings are improvised in response to the energy of the architectural spaces. This rendering of invisible journey into actual three dimensional spaces offers new perception about the practical setting of its structural space.

"I make a dialogue between the architectural structure and drawing in order to inspire the viewer and compose awareness of environments. This work is an invitation for viewers to walk into the space and experience a body of new pictorial reality."

Liu Jian participates in Shanghai Abstract Painting Biennale

Ch'i is proud to announce that painter Liu Jian has been selected to participate in the Shanghai Abstract Painting Biennale, which will take place at the Shanghai Ming Yuan Culture and Art Center from September 1 - October 27, 2006. Mr. Liu's paintings have appeared in international exhibitions at the Festival del due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, the International Asian Art Fair in NYC, the Shen Zhen International Ink Painting Biennale, the Miami Art Fair and Art La. Additionally His works have appeared in exhibitions throughout China, Hong Kong, Toronto, Vancouver, the United States and Italy. Mr. Liu's paintings are in the permanent collections of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the American Club in Hong Kong, Exxon Energy, Bank of China, the Grand Hyatt Taipei, The Royal Bank of Canada and UBS Hong Kong.

In addition to painting, Liu Jian has served as the director of the Ontario Chinese Art Association and previously as the director of the Shanghai Youth Artist Association. Most recently he has begun curating exhibitions such as the "Canadian Painting: 15 Contemporary Painters" for the Shanghai Art Museum and "Women's Decorations- Contemporary Women Artists of China and Canada" for the Dou Lun Art Museum. Of his own work he says he loves to experiment with techniques and media because he believes " The problems facing painting are formal problems. When the solution of a problem takes form, a painting is born". John Milllchap of Asian Art News remarked that "Liu is an artist attempting to express his experiences in ways that suggest many styles while being none but his own.

Ch'i is pleased to have three artists participating in international level exhibitions this September and to host the newest series of Michel Demanche's photography at the gallery's home location 293 Grand St. Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. We hope you will join us at the public reception on Sept 15th from 6-9. Further we hope to see you at the WTC Memorial Foundation Museum and or the National Constitution Center for Jonathan Hyman's exhibitions as well. For more information on these exhibitions and the rest of our fall line up view our calendar online at http://www.chicontemporaryfineart.com or call director, Tracy Causey-Jeffery for information: 718 218 8939.

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