Sunday, April 22, 2012

Joyce S. Chan: Digging Ponds & Piling Mountains, MFA Thesis Exhibition

Joyce S. Chan MFA Solo Thesis Exhibition

"Digging Ponds & Piling Mountains"

Reception: Friday, April 27, 2012. 6:00-9:00pm
Food & refreshments will be served
Music by: Ian Gallagher (of the Identifiers)

On View: April 26-May 2, 2012  

Gallery Hours:
Thursday: 11:00-6:00pm     (closed 1-2pm)
Friday: 11:00-2:30pm, 4:30-9:00pm
Sunday: closed
Monday: 11:00-6:00pm CLOSED
Tuesday:    11:00-6:00pm  (closed 1-2pm)
Wednesday: 10:00-1:00pm

Klapper Hall Gallery, 4th floor,
Queens College CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY 11367

Poster Design: Annie JingQian Lui

Joyce Chan’s raw materials are gleaned from her own personal index- the quotidien items from her parent’s Chinese restaurant- foil bags, eggroll wrappers, and tablecloths. In addition to eliciting notions of a very specific immigrant experience, these papers and fabrics interest Chan for the historic symbolism integrated into their colors and designs. Chan breaks the original materials down and re-works them, at times into a pulp, until they take on a new form-- the flimsy made solid, the rough made soft. These new forms participate in an evolved compositional presence, one that is solid, yet delicate, upon close inspection there is a deceptive impermanence, which, like memory, presents the risk of actually falling apart if handled too directly.- ML


Directions to Queens College:
Quickest: E/F to 71/Continental to Q64, towards Jewel Ave. Get off at Kissena.
7 to Main St to Q25/Q34/Q17, towards Jamaica. Get off after LIE.
LIE: Exit 24 Kissena Blvd. Free Street Parking on Reeves Ave. behind the school.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Aaron Schraeter: How to kill your Imaginary Friends. Thesis Exhibition

Aaron Schraeter, Solo Thesis Exhibition

April 16- April 24, 2012
Reception: Friday, April 20, 2012. 6-8pm

Klapper Hall Gallery, 4th floor,
Queens College CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY 11367

Aaron Schraeter’s work is tightly knit with the philosophy of Gallows Humor (or Galgenhumor, in its original German). This particular manner of thinking is historically tied to a steep tradition in Jewish humor that can be described as seeing funniness and responding with jest in the face of hopelessness. In his work, Aaron engages with subjects of anxiety, discomfort, and negativity. The imagery he employs consists of comedic violence and creatures that appear bizarre, menacing, quirky, and clumsy. He has described his work as being a “visual representation of constant competition between illogical fear and the desire to overcome.” Visually, the materials used in the aforementioned works are a blend of acrylic paints, bare wood, and various sculpting media. The effect is a raw and visceral aesthetic matching the intensity of the imagery that accompanies.

Getting There:
E/M to Continental Ave, Forest HIlls
Q64 Bus towards 71ST Ave /164th St
Jewel Ave/Kissena Blvd
Walk to 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Queens, New York 11367

BFA/MFA Dosas in Flushing