"The exhibition was a critical look at the relationship between war, innocence and responsibility."
Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) June 20, 2012
For ages, artists have sought to send messages through their art for the greater good. Peace: A Solo Exhibition of the Art of Youxin Yang, which was on display at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in April 2012, presented a beautiful commentary on the state of the political and ecological climate of our time. The exhibition was a critical look at the relationship between war, innocence and responsibility. Youxin Yang, an award-winning artist whose paintings have been exhibited internationally conveys these messages combining eastern and western techniques, with images she hopes will, “have enough power to arouse the sense of right and wrong in the minds of arrogant warmongers past and future.”
Rather than presenting typical images of war or violence, her messages are focused on the rhythm of the subjects, whether they be an endangered panda bear (as seen in “Peace II”) or angelic children juxtaposed with some of the world’s most recognizable political and war figures (“Peace I”). Yang’s works mirror the concern of a scientist and of a citizen of the world, alerting the masses that innocence is being threatened, as is our global climate. Her work seems to be shedding light on the shreds of hope of the future, the youth, to take action and have a voice to preserve what is endangered.
The fact that the exhibition was set against the backdrop of a lush heavenly garden is contradictory yet completely appropriate leading one to contemplate very poignant questions---When is innocence lost? And what can we do to find it once again?
At the opening reception, Dr. Yang expressed her gratitude to the staff at the Vancouver Chinese Garden for their invitation manager Leticia Sanchez for her dedication to connecting cultures and communities, and her assistants Wenhao and Valentine Ostraswsky, former U.S. pilot Mr. Thomas Pryce for driving the paintings from Boston to Vancouver and all the attendees of the opening reception for their participation.
About Artist Youxin Yang:
Youxin Yang MD, PhD, is a Chinese-American painter as well as an award-winning scientist. Dr. Yang's paintings have been exhibited internationally, including the Art Museum of Nanjing, China, Espace Richelieu in Paris, France, and L'Essence Art Gallery in Boston, and at the Cultural Exchange Center in East Boston. She won the Grand Jury award at the New York International Art Festival in 2005, and her latest series of calligraphic paintings won Featured Member Artist at the March 2008 National Women's Caucus for Art (WCA) Featured Artist Competition. She is also a filmmaker and she wrote, directed, and composed the score for her film entitled "Feuille" ("Leaf" in English). The film won 24 awards worldwide, including the Top (Platinum) Remi Award at the 37th WorldFest Houston and Best Drama in the New York Film Festival.
About the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden:
The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, the first of its kind outside of China, is an authentic representation of an age – old garden tradition, which reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The Garden is characteristic of the private spaces within a Ming scholar’s residence. With its asymmetrical arrangement of rocks and plants, its winding paths and corridors, and the vistas that overlook its courtyards, the Garden emulates the rhythms of nature.
Ming dynasty scholars, the elite of their time, lived and worked in their garden, sharing these enchanting spaces with friends and family of all ages. Like any home, a scholar's garden was filled with energy, but also offered quiet moments for contemplation.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall Street Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K2 Canada
Tel: (604) 662 3207 Fax: (604) 682 4008
October 1- April 30 10:00am - 4:30pm * Closed Mondays November 1 - April 30 Admission: Adults: $12.00, Seniors (65 years and older): $10.00, Students with valid ID: $9.00, Children under 5: Free, Family (2 adults and up to 2 children under the age of 18): $25.00