East Boston Cultural Exchange Center Features Dr. Youxin Yang’s Solo Painting Exhibition December, “Leaf” Screening on Opening Reception December 5

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The opening reception (6-9pm) will show Dr. Yang’s film Leaf (Musical Version). Leaf (Feuille/Yezi) has won 24 awards, including Top (Platinum) Remi Award at the 37th World-Fest Houston International Film Festival, Special Jury Award at 2004 NewTV Video-Film Awards Contest, 2004 Accolade Award of Excellence for Arts/Culture, 2004 Best Drama and 2006 Best Score at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival, 2008 Telly Award, and 2008 Accolade Award Foreign Language Film of the Year and Original Score/Song. In the musical version of Leaf, Dr. Yang wrote and composed three new songs, titled “True Love Has Only One End”, “Hometown”, and “Compromise”. These songs were performed by well established vocalists including Professors of Voice at the world renowned Berklee College of Music, Mili Bermejo, Jeannie Gagné, and New England Conservatory alumnus Patrice Williamson.

The painter, sometimes abstract, sometimes figurative, Youxin Yang, is above all else an authentic artist who follows neither a school nor contemporary movement. In each of her works one finds a personal vision, arousing in the viewer the pleasure of

The 80 Border Street Cultural Exchange Center (http://www.80borderstreet.org) is a center for visual, literary, and performing arts. It was founded by an artist Fran Rowan. She combined her skills in resource development to be one of the original movers and shakers to develop the old 80 Border Street site to what it is today.

Dr. Youxin Yang is a Chinese painter and filmmaker. She is a Grand Jury Award Winner at the New York International Art festival, 2005. Her paintings were described by French art historians as “The painter, sometimes abstract, sometimes figurative, Youxin Yang, is above all else an authentic artist who follows neither a school nor contemporary movement. In each of her works one finds a personal vision, arousing in the viewer the pleasure of “Beauty” with sweetness and enchantment.”(Bernard Boscher) and "Youxin Yang knows how to unite oriental and occidental paintings: two cultures." (Sandrine Malinaud)

This exhibition will display her recent work, including “Kisses II”, “In the Morning” (winner: Grand Jury Award, New York International Art festival, 2005), “Dialogue between History and Modern-I”(winner: Featured Member Artist-March, National WCA Featured Artist Competition, 2008), and “Great Wall” (Juried Selection: The BIG Works Show, NAA, 2009).

The opening reception (6-9pm) will show Dr. Yang’s film Leaf (Musical Version). Leaf (Feuille/Yezi) has won 24 awards, including Top (Platinum) Remi Award at the 37th World-Fest Houston International Film Festival, Special Jury Award at 2004 NewTV Video-Film Awards Contest, 2004 Accolade Award of Excellence for Arts/Culture, 2004 Best Drama and 2006 Best Score at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival, 2008 Telly Award for Culture and Direction, and 2008 Accolade Award Foreign Language Film of the Year and Original Score/Song (True Love Has Only One End: Youxin Yang). In the musical version of Leaf, Dr. Yang wrote and composed three new songs, titled “True Love Has Only One End”, “Hometown”, and “Compromise”. These songs were performed by well established vocalists including Professors of Voice at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music, Mili Bermejo, Jeannie Gagné, and New England Conservatory alumnus Patrice Williamson.

One remarkable characteristic of her work is the combination of Eastern and Western cultures. A 2009 painting named “Unknown Pathways-I” is an abstract expression of cells, with bright oil color in an ink background. This painting was inspired by her medical research.

Dr. Yang obtained her MD and MSc degrees from Medical College of Southeast University in Nanjing and received her PhD with high honors from Paris University VI (Marie-Curie University). She won a L’AEPP (Association pour l'Étude de la Pathologie Pédiatrique) Prize in 2000 for her work in tumor suppressor gene WT1. In 2001, she came to Harvard Medical School to continue her work in cancer research. In one of her recent medical publications, a figure from her work (Cell Cycle 2006; 5: 1443-7) was chosen as the cover for the publication.

A wide range of talents and versatility are not uncommon for people who today are defined as artists. Across art and science, however, it is hard to achieve excellence in both. How could an award-winning scientist be a well accomplished painter, a film writer/director/actress, and a songwriter at the same time? Dr. Youxin Yang replied: “Lots of multitalented people, like Fran Rowan, are much more talented than I am. They just have stronger self-discipline, and are focused, which is essential, sometimes obligatory, for today’s highly competitive modern society. For the recent musical version of the film Yezi (Leaf/Feuille), we are lucky to have all the creative vocalists and Chinese traditional instrumentalists to perform the songs. Without them, this musical version wouldn’t be possible.”

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