The work of Portland artist Shu-Ju Wang will be on display at Lan Su Chinese Garden this June through July, 2017. Her exhibition features a variety of media that is personal, intimate, small scale, and draws from a variety of inspiration. Her work combines abstract and representational images in lush jewel-like colors and is influenced by traditional Chinese Gongbi style paintings, illuminated manuscripts and Islamic miniatures.
Also on display in June, an exhibit of silk art from King Silk Art. Nearly 2200 years ago, the first Emperor of China placed eleven families in Suzhou, China to create hand embroidery Silk Art for the imperial families. A descendant of one of the original families, Forest Qing Zhang, continues the tradition today. See examples of this traditional Chinese art form from King Silk Art on display at Lan Su Chinese Garden through June, 2017.
The collection of work in this exhibit is a reflection of my own Silk Road experience of sorts, both metaphorically and literally – I immigrated from Taiwan to the US the long way around—through SE Asia, Middle East, Europe, before landing in San Francisco. I then crisscrossed Continental US twice before settling in Portland in 1984.
In the paintings are my immigration stories told through the changes in the food I eat, in the flora & fauna I experience, in the landscape, and in the stories & myths that we tell. In more recent years, Portland has developed a close relationship with East Asia, some of that is reflected in these paintings as well. At their core, these are the quintessential “East meets West” stories that we find irresistible and can trace their roots back to the fabled Silk Road.
In the silkscreen prints on the walls and in the print bin, you will find images inspired by my own travels to Xian, Dunhuang, Urumqi, Turpan, and Kashgar, all stops along the trading routes collectively known as "The Silk Road."
- Shu-Ju Wang, 2017
M.C. Reardon is a photographer, painter and poet; a native of Portland. Her artwork is an expression of how important it is to feel connected with the elements, to understand her holistic place in the environment and to satisfy her need for soulful connection to Nature. Taoist traditions deeply resonate with her, guiding her vision in her creative work; where practicing mindfulness, peaceful solitude and natural flow offers inspiration a clearer voice.
Her work has been published, exhibited and collected worldwide; including the Elmhurst Art Museum in Chicago, Linus Gallery in Los Angeles and Fulton Street Gallery in New York.
‘Possible Moments of Consciousness’
When synchronicity happens, being in the right place at exactly the right time, one can experience inexplicable joy, inspiration and understanding. To M.C. Reardon, as a visual artist, her moments of experiencing Consciousness may take place when she is walking urban and rural landscapes, meditating, or working in her studio; The din of civilization and the framework of consensual reality fade away, creating a highly acute awareness of Nature. Her photographs and paintings reflect upon the beauty of wild nature simply enduring; going about its daily business, living in the present moment, at peace… and yet…still influenced by our presence.
Art on display is available for purchase through the Garden Shop. Lan Su members receive 10% off art purchases. For more information or assistance please email or call 503.228.8131 ext. 1028.
Art on display is available for purchase through the Garden Shop. Lan Su members receive 10% off art purchases.
For more information or assistance please email or call 503.228.8131 ext. 1028.
Art exhibitions at Lan Su Chinese Garden are supported in part by