Chinese Paper Cuts at Suzzallo

I was strolling through Suzzallo Library today when I noticed that there is a new exhibition going up in Room 102 (it’s on the left after you walk through the main entrance). It is an exhibition of Chinese paper cut art called Cutting Ribbons for the Olympics. The theme of the show is Chinese folk sports, in celebration of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The East Asia Library has collaborated with the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in San Francisco to bring this traveling exhibition to the University of Washington. The official opening ceremony is this Thursday, June 5 at 3pm (open to the public), and the show runs until August 3. I am amazed by the beauty and detail of paper cuts. Check it out.

Courtship, by Han Jing (from chinaartworld.com.cn)

DXARTS Video Screening Tonight

UP: DXARTS Undergraduate Student Video
Wednesday, May 21, 5 PM
Henry Auditorium
FREE

DXARTS presents a special screening of video shorts created by students in the course “Experiments in Digital Video: The Architecture of Time.” These works are final projects from this intensive, year-long sequence that explores the ideas and methods from the beginnings of the moving image up to contemporary digital cinema and video art. These emerging filmmakers have honed their skills in all areas of the production process including cinematography, sound, and lighting to non-linear editing, compositing, and effects presented in a diverse array of short features.

Animation on the streets

More video! This one has been posted around the interwebs this week, and I thought it should be seen on Hankblog. It’s a wall-painted animation called Muto, and it’s by Blu, a street artist from Bologna, Italy. This is a pretty amazing clip, not to be missed. Blu is one of several artists that will create giant murals on the outside wall facing the River Thames at the Tate Modern in London this summer.

From the Tate Modern press release:
“Blu works primarily with drawing, albeit on a large scale. His images often portray a mildly macabre fascination with death and the inner workings of the human body. His work begins as a sketch before being transferred directly on to walls using many traditional painting techniques. Blu’s inspiration, like many Street Artists, stems from the desire to transform ordinary decaying places into beautiful and interesting environments.”

The old Bankside Power Station is going to be a sight!

BBC News article here.
Blu’s blog here.

SANAA in NYC

I recently discovered that Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA) are now showing their work at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. The show goes until June 15. SANAA designed the new New Museum building, which appears as a stack of boxes, each one shifted off-center from the level above or below it. It made me happy to see that there are a bunch of Rabbit chairs in the cafe! SANAA had their first U.S. exhibition at the Henry from November 2007 to March 2008.

Dean Kaufman

The New Museum of Contemporary Art, photo by Dean Kaufman.

Seeing the Big Bang

Here’s another informative lecture hosted by the Henry! If you are a fan of Josiah McElheny’s The Last Scattering Surface, you won’t want to miss this one.

Seeing the Big Bang: Lecture by Thomas Quinn
Thursday, May 15, 7 PM
Auditorium
FREE

Josiah McElheny brings together the diverse fields of conceptual art, studio art and cosmology through his installation The Last Scattering Surface. In this presentation, Thomas Quinn (UW Research Assistant Professor of Astronomy and Adjunct Associate Professor of Physics) will discuss the way The Big Bang is visualized in the field of astronomy through images and animations selected in relation to McElheny’s work.

Josiah McElheny. The Last Scattering Surface. 2006. Handblown glass, chrome plated aluminum, rigging, and electric lighting. Courtesy of the artist and Donald Young Gallery, Chicago.

MFA Solo Shows at the CMA

Since the Master of Fine Arts annual exhibition opens in one week, we thought you would be interested to know that some of the artists will also have solo shows at the Ceramic and Metal Arts (CMA) Gallery at the UW (4205 Mary Gates Memorial Drive – Google Map). Each artist will have an opening reception at 6pm on the first day of their show. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11am–6pm.

May 13-17 Rachel de Conde
May 20-24 Kinu Watanabe
May 27-31 Alicia Basinger
June 3-7 Evan Blackwell (The image below is detail from one of his Straw Masses).

Straw Masses, Evan Blackwell