One Home

*This is the first of three writings investigating how art defines home.  A sense of belonging has no boundary.  It bonds humanity emotionally by securing a sense of purpose and place…

Dream big.
Dream big.

If I had to write a letter to my younger twenty-something self, it would be hard to believe the possibility of the future.  Working hard was reality but to dream big was riddled with an insecurity template.  Today as a forty-two year woman, that doubt has evaporated.  Moving forward is the only option.

Follow.
Follow.

On my last visit to China, I was asked to curate and participate in an exhibit at Chimney Art Center in Shanghai.  My first thought was mixed with gratitude and anxiety of the unknown.  Flying back to America, the concept of “home” became a reoccurring theme: What is home?  How does culture and identify influence a sense of space?  Does bias and experience define “home”?

Home.
Home?

After much deliberation, I invited Chinese artists Yang Dongbai, He Wei, and Yin Jia to participate in the exhibit.  All seasoned practitioners who have dedicated years academically and personally to art.  For this American female artist, my Western perspective defines identity; can the same be said for my Chinese colleagues?

HOME:

The concept of home defines language, ritual, and memory.  Art provides stability and a refuge in a world of disorientation.  Instinctually, humans search for patterns in new environments throughout history and the present.  Home explores how questioning our responsibility globally can alter behavior.  The goal is to merge Eastern and Western thought where foreign becomes familiar and the unknown becomes a sanctuary.

Jenny E. Balisle meticulously finds order in disorder.  Through investigation and exploration, markers and clues become exposed.  Patterns rise, allowing for narratives to appear in various forms.  A private intention made public surfaces.

Yang Dongbai connects nature and science.  Capturing harmony on top of a navigational tower, his artworks stretch to the sky.  The art serves as a topographical map of new and old territories.  A conversation between old and new friends emerges.

He Wei presents awareness and facts to a viewer.  Memory over time fades and distorts but eventually truth prevails.  Moments and fragments build real and virtual communities.  Wei unearths an honest conviction that travels through time.

Yin Jia finds shelter in precise and deliberate marks.  He records the memory of the homeland.  The sensitive work supports an artistic ecosystem.  The patterns identify and protect reality with a silent wisdom and courage.

Home without walls or boundaries needs no translation.  Art is a shelter and anchor in humanity.  Migration and time reveal this shared history. Jenny E. Balisle, Yang Dongbai, He Wei, and Yin Jia inhabit this space and language.

家的的概念定义了语言、习惯、以及记忆。艺术提供迷失世界以坚定信念和庇护所。从古至今人们本能地探寻新环境的样式。家的探索对我们责任的提问能整体性改变我们的行为。目的是能融合东西方思想,外国的变得熟悉且未知部分变为圣所。

家的概念定义了语言、习惯和记忆。艺术提供迷失世界以坚定信念以及庇护。人类在新的环境众不由自主地根据历史和当下寻找重复的形态。家的探索对我们职责的提问能整体性改变我们的行为。展览希望能融合东西方思想,他国的变得熟悉,未知部分变为圣所。

Jenny E. Balisle细致地在混乱中寻找秩序。通过研究和探索,笔触和风格得以展示。样式出现,以不同形式叙事。个人的意图得以展示。

杨冬白结合了自然与科学。他在航塔顶端捕获和谐,由此他的作品延伸向天空。他的作品是新旧领域的地形图。新旧朋友的对话得以展现。

何伟向观者展示了认知与真相。记忆随着时间退去以及扭曲,但是最终真理获胜。瞬间和片段建立真实和虚幻的联合体。何伟发掘出穿越时间的诚恳的坚定信念。

阴佳在精致的、考究的笔触中发现了庇护。他纪录了关于家乡的记忆。敏锐的作品支持着一个艺术性的生态系统。作品样式独特并且用安静的智慧和勇气保护现实。

没有墙或者边界的家不需要翻译。艺术是一个庇护所以及下锚停泊之地。迁移和时间展现了这共同的历史。Jenny E. Balisle, 杨冬白、何伟以及阴佳居住在这个空间和语言中。

Opening.
May opening at the Shanghai Oil Painting & Sculpture Institute Art Museum.

Sitting on a flight back to China to coordinate the installation of the HOME exhibit, what would be waiting for me?  Time would only tell…

The links:

www.jennyebalisle.com

http://www.artlinkart.com/en/space/overview/892azzlk

http://www.powerstationofart.com/en/

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