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by  on Apr 01, 2013

Xiaowei Chen manipulates minute ink lines into vast expanses and surreal scenery. Chen’s solo exhibition, “Above and Beyond the Clouds,” curated by Jiankun Xie at the Research House for Asian Art in Bridgeport, Chicago, literally revolves around her vast and exquisite drawing, Detached Clouds (1.2m. x 32 m.), which spreads almost the entire length of the gallery. The drawing serves as the focal point of the exhibition with her smaller artworks around the periphery of the space.

Xiaowei Chen, Thinking Balance, ink on paper, 15″ x 15″, 2008 (Image courtesy of Jiancun Xie)

In Detached Clouds, Chen used layers of super-fine ink lines and colored pencil on white fabric to detail the space before, between, and amongst the clouds. Beginning with an immense cascade of ice, the work melds into the sea, an expanse of mountains, and a landfill, and then eventually becomes the abyss of space that exists beyond the earth’s surface. This space is at least one-third of the drawing, a striking expanse of textures and patterns one encounters when she takes flight. As the eye moves up the fabric, the artwork gracefully extends from the floor toward the ceiling. As the abyss preceding the sky lightens, delicate bright sky-blue lines work into the fabric, eventually becoming a saturated layering of the color. This work is grand both from afar and up-close, guiding the viewer to the sky.

The distinct mark making in Detached Clouds also composes Chen’s nine-panel work, Comet in the Night  (12 in. x 12 in. each), and her large-scale works Halo I, Halo II and Halo III. Though precision remains key, Chen’s line drawings such as Anatomy of a Cloud9 Months and 10 Days, and Viewing maintain intricate use of line. Instead of creating depth with texture, Chen draws fantastic dream-like imagery and gnarly organic shapes twisting into each other that, because of the acute detail, provide an optical puzzle for both the mind and eye.

“Above and Beyond the Clouds” closes April 5, 2013. 

For Immediate Release

Curator/Contact: Ross Jordan,


A group exhibition at Co-Prosperity Sphere featuring:
Patrick Lichty
Wang Ye-Feng
Xie Jiankun
Jihoon Yoo

Opening reception:
Friday, July 13,  8:30 (sunset)

Co-Prosperity Sphere, Bridgeport
3219-21 South Morgan Street Chicago Illinois, 60608

Chicago-July 2012. What you don’t see, you get anyway.  An exhibition that reveals the paradoxes and uses of vision In/Visible opens at sunset (8:30pm) on Friday July 13 at Co-Prosperity Sphere,  The exhibition brings together artists Patrick Lichty, Wang Ye-Feng, Xie Jiankun, and Jihoon Yoo. Consisting of interactive animation, virtual “happenings,” augmented reality installation,and  haunting photography the exhibition presents artworks that crisscross the line between the virtual and the real and challenges the notion of what it means to see in the digital age.

Patrick Lichty, known for his work as the 3D animator member of the activist group, The Yes Men, uses technology (Augmented Reality) that allows him to install sculpture anywhere. A project that is in collaboration with Mark Skawarek, the installation augments the exhibition space and reveals the invisible information universe in the surrounding neighborhood, changing the reality we see through our own eyes.

Wang Ye-Feng confronts the political propaganda in a multi-screen installation that mixes babies and military weapons. Delightfully disturbing, the projected images respond to viewers movements illustrating how our bodies, via our eyes, are implicated in nationalistic images.

Xie Jiankun’s quiet photographs of landscapes are barely visible.  Each image is punctuated by a bead of white light in a shadowy darkness that is zipping by. Viewing the photographs is a slow process of letting your eyes adjust to reveal the layered images.

Jihoon Yoo melts metallic digital bodies into each other. An intimate closeness and cold isolation is revealed all at once as one body conflates into another on a digital stage space. The video images are a theater of impossible bodies that speak to human relationships in a digital landscape that is all around us.

This project is supported by a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Illinois Art Council, a state agency.


In/Visible opens at sunset (8:30pm) on Friday, July 13 at Co-Prosperity Sphere and will be on view from July 13th through July 25.  In/Visible is curated by Ross Jordan. Co-Prosperity is located in Bridgeport at 3219-21 South Morgan Street Chicago Illinois, 60608.  The Co-Prosperity Sphere (C-PS) is an experimental cultural center presenting a public platform for art and ideas and an advocate for emerging art in all its forms.  Visit to find out more.


Hua Jin – My Big Family


April 20 – June 10, 2012 

Opening Reception: Thursday April 19, 7–9 pm


Richmond Art Gallery

7700 Minoru Gate
Richmond, BC, V6Y 1R9, Canada
Geo location: N49º 9.7766’ W123’ 8.5471


Emerging artist Hua Jin explores issued relating to China’s one-child-per-family policy and economics. Employing photography and video, Jin documents and reflects on her personal experience as the first generation of ‘only’ child families and explores how this policy affects families, communities and the country.An accompanying community project component invites all families in Richmond to bring in a framed family photograph/portrait to create the exhibition for Gallery 3. All pictures will be hung in the Gallery, and participating family names will be put into a draw for a new family portrait to be taken by the artist, Hua Jin.

The exhibition provides opportunities for the community to have conversations about their own experiences and views on these and related issues through Gallery organized discussions.