Charlene Liu: Recent Paintings
February 23, 2008 - April 11, 2008

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Charlene Liu: Recent Paintings

Charlene Liu: Recent Paintings

 

February 23rd – April 11th, 2008

 

 

SHAHEEN modern and contemporary art is delighted to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Charlene Liu.  There will be a private reception for the artist on Saturday, February 23rd.  The exhibition will continue through April 11th.  This will be the artist’s first exhibition at SHAHEEN, and her first exhibition in the Midwest.

 

Manipulating watercolor, oil paint and ink via a multitude of techniques and processes including painting, drawing, dyeing and printmaking, Charlene Liu fashions stunning paintings on paper that depict landscapes of her own invention.  Composed of visual odds and ends culled from disparate places and things, and incorporating a broad spectrum of cultural and art historical influences including pastoral landscape, Venetian Renaissance painting, traditional Japanese prints, botanical drawings, and science fiction, Liu’s imagined landscapes hinge on the confluence of the natural and man-made. The artist views her chosen materials and creative processes - cutting, painting, patterning and composing - as an analog parallel to the unceasing process of growth, decay and metamorphosis occurring in the natural world. In her layering of hand dyed, marbleized papers with watercolors, oil paint, ink and printed elements each technique, material and visual component maintains an autonomous presence, while at the same time coalescing into a unified whole. For her most recent body of work, Liu relies heavily on studies of plants, moss and other source imagery from the natural landscape as a jumping off point for works that are darker in mood and appearance than much of her previous work. Through a profusion of patterning, layering, and woodcut collage, Liu deconstructs, disrupts and reconstructs the organic, pushing her compositions to the brink of abstraction in the process. 

 

Over the past five years, Charlene Liu’s work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions at galleries and museums in the United States and Europe. Liu has had solo shows at Taylor de Cordoba (Los Angeles) and Virgil de Voldere (New York.)  Born in Kaoshiung, Taiwan, Charlene Liu received her M.F.A. from Columbia University.  A resident of Harlem until late 2007, Liu recently moved to Eugene, OR after being appointed to the faculty of the Art Department of the University of Oregon, where she is an Assistant Professor in printmaking.

 

 

 

 


Articles/Reviews
Charlene Liu: Recent Paintings / Cleveland Scene

Capsule reviews of current area art exhibitions.
Published: March 12, 2008
by Theresa Bembnister


Charlene Liu: Recent Paintings — It's difficult to tell by looking, but Charlene Liu's works on paper are an amalgamation of drawing, painting, and printmaking. She uses a process called "chin colle," which involves attaching two pieces of paper together through the pressure of the printing press. Highly detailed and fantastical, Liu's depictions of plant life appear to be drawn from a mishmash of sources — a saltwater fish tank, a desert landscape, a forest floor — and assembled into a single organic entity. Although strikingly beautiful, Liu's work is infused with a sense of putrefaction and spoil. The wet-on-wet painting effect she
employs produces circular forms that are surrounded by darker rings of color and resemble spores of fungi or bacteria. Her palette is that of organic matter in decay — mossy greens, bruise-hued purples and blues, and the golden and brassy hues of autumn leaves. Liu's mixedmedia work serves as a reminder that things are most precious to us when they are almost gone or in the process of fading away. Unfortunately, there's a little too much white wall left between the separate pieces in this exhibition. Artwork that encourages such intense study and close observation could make room for the addition of another piece or two. But what is on the walls is spectacular and quietly explosive. Through April 11 at Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Art, 740 W. Superior Ave., Ste. 101, Cleveland, 216-830-8888

Shaheen gallery features Charlene Liu / The Plain Dealer

Shaheen gallery features Charlene Liu paintings

 

Friday, March 14, 2008
Dan Tranberg
Special to The Plain Dealer

 

Local galleries are bustling with new shows. Among the highlights, Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Art is hosting a solo exhibition of exquisite works on paper by Taiwanese-born artist Charlene Liu.

 

Using a variety of media and processes -- including watercolor, ink and woodblock printing -- Liu paints exceptionally detailed works that sometimes resemble landscapes and other times become abstract and highly decorative.

 

Merging Eastern and Western traditional painting techniques, she uses plants and floral imagery to
create organic compositions that pulsate with energy.

 

Liu has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe since earning a master of fine arts degree from Columbia University in 2003. This is her first show in the Midwest. Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Art is
at 740 W. Superior Ave. in Cleveland. The show is up through Friday, April 11. Call 216-830-8888 or go to www.shaheengallery.com.

 

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Charlene Liu
Untitled, 2008
Watercolor, gouache and woodcut on paper
15 x 11 inches

Charlene Liu
Untitled, 2008
Watercolor, ink and gouache on paper
30 x 22 inches


Charlene Liu
Untitled, 2008
Watercolor, ink and gouache on paper
15 x 11 inches

Charlene Liu
Untitled, 2008
Watercolor, ink and gouache on paper
15 x 11 inches


Charlene Liu
Untitled, 2008
Watercolor, ink and gouache on paper
15 x 11 inches

Charlene Liu
Untitled, 2008
Watercolor, gouache and woodcut on paper
30 x 40 inches


Charlene Liu
Untitled, 2008
Watercolor, gouache and woodcut on paper
40 x 60 inches

Charlene Liu
Untitled, 2008
Watercolor, gouache and woodcut on paper
40 x 60 inches


Charlene Liu
Untitled, 2008
Watercolor, gouache and woodcut on paper
40 x 60 inches

Charlene Liu
Untitled, 2008
Watercolor, ink and gouache on paper
15 x 11 inches