Tuesday, June 21, 2016

"Crowded by Beauty" Exhibit at McGuire Real Estate, Berkeley


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McGuire Real Estate at Elmwood, Berkeley, continues its effort to support local artists, with its new eight-person show, "Crowded by Beauty", including works in a multitude of mediums: sculpture, acrylics, ceramics, watercolor, oil and photography. The featured artists are Philip Hall, Matthew Felix Sun, Camila Valdez, Jill McLennan, Deborah Schilling, Sarah Whitecotton, Judy Wiener, and Susan Erickson.

Postcard _ Crowded by Beauty, McGuire Real Estate, Berkeley, June 2016

Four paintings of mine were included in the exhibitions are Forest Within, Birches, Net, and One Fine Day, all played a bit of optical illusion, with a bit twist of psychology.

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Forest Within & Birches

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Net & One Fine Day

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There were many interesting artworks and it was a thrill for me to be in their company.

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The turn out was quite wonderful. The place was indeed crowded by beauty.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Featured Painting: The March of Time

My recent oil painting The March of Time was a chromatic piece, masking details with broad strokes, employing repetitive patterns to emphasis the underlying messages, and exploring the deep emotions with subtle tonal variation. The painting depicted a wasted land - wreckage of houses in various degree of decay, scattered around a no-man’s land in spots where they once proudly stood but barely hanging on with ineffective supports of crutches and buttresses. This wasteland was the product of ruthless time, as manifested in the title; yet, it was hard not to think what humans, who once built and occupied those now abandoned structure, had contributed to this vast span of ruin.

The March of Time / 時光的流逝 / Der Lauf der Zeit  

The March of Time
Oil on Canvas
24" x 30"
Completed in 2016

Originally posted on matthewfelixsun.com

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Monday, June 6, 2016

My Favorite Artworks at Palazzo della Ragione, Padova (Padua), Italy


DSCN0808 _ Palazzo della Ragione, Padova, 12 October

The gracefully proportioned Palazzo della Ragione in Padova (Padua), Italy, was a unique building, which was not only enormous in dimensions, but functions uniquely as a market place in its lower level, and a civic center on the top tier.

The most outlandish thing, and my favorite, was a huge wooden horse, basked in blue light (or was it painted blue?). According to Padovaincoming.it,
"the big wooden horse kept in Palazzo della Ragione was ordered by Annibale Capodilista in 1466: it was one of the big machines - and the only one that has survived - made for an extraordinary celebration that was organized in Padua, in the squares Piazza dei Signori and Piazza del Capitanio. The parade saw the participation of all the people in town, and of more people who had been attracted to town for this exceptional event." [Source: Padovaincoming.it]
Apparently, Padova artists and civic leaders were the vanguard of flashy blockbuster installations almost mandated in today's art markets.  Cynicism aside, the horse was indeed eye-catching and exhilarating.

DSCN0854 _ Palazzo della Ragione, Padova, 12 October

DSCN0856 _ Palazzo della Ragione, Padova, 12 October

On the four walls of this gigantic hall, surrounding and contrasting the blue horse, were a series of marvelous allegorical frescoes, all in wonderfully aged colors, subtle and harmonious.  Collectively, they were my second favorite there.

DSCN0848 _ Palazzo della Ragione, Padova, 12 October


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Thursday, May 26, 2016

My Favorite Artworks at Duomo, Padova (Padua), Italy

The Duomo in Padova (Padua), Italy, was a solemn and imposing mass, well prepared visitors for a moving niche showcasing a glowing painting of Madonna and the Child, done in a typical Renaissance manner.  The bright red background of the painting, contrasting strongly the dark contour of the figures, practically glowed.

DSCN0986 _ Duomo, Padova, 12 October

The interior actually was mostly airy, such as this wonderful chapel featuring a marble sculptural shrine, all in pale colors save its base — a burial chamber, hosting the relic or remain of perhaps a certain bishop, which glowed with red and gold.  Strange and unforgettable.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Updates: Exhibitions, a Publication and New Works

Last year, a print and online review magazine, Owen Wister Review (University of Wyoming), planned to publish three works of mine: Stairwell, Rafting, and Ink and Watercolor Lilies. After much delay, the 2015 issue finally was published. 

Stairwell / 樓梯 / Treppenhaus Rafting / 漂筏 / Flößerei Ink and Watercolor Lilies
My Publications by Owen Wister Riview 2015 _0001-650 Publication: Ink and Watercolor Lilies, Owen Wister Riview 2015 _0002-shadowed-875
Publication: Rafting and Stairwell, Owen Wister Riview 2015 _0003-875

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From early June to late October, I will participate a group show, titled Crowded by Beauty, in McGuire Real Estate Office Gallery, Berkeley.

One Fine Day / 美好的一天 / Ein schöner Tag Forest Within /  内置森林 / Innerhalb Wald
Net / 網 / Netz Birches / 樺樹 / Birken


Below is information from the announcement by McGuire Real Estate:

Art Reception
Thursday, June 16th, 2016
6:00 - 8:00 pm

2991 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705
 

McGuire Real Estate is pleased to announce Crowded by Beauty, a group exhibition of outstanding local artists showcasing pieces by Philip Hall, Matthew Felix Sun, Camila Valdez, Jill McLennan, Deborah Schilling, Sarah Whitecotton, Judy Wiener and Susan Erickson. These artists work in a multitude of mediums: sculpture, acrylics, ceramics, watercolor, oil and photography.

We welcome you to visit us at our office gallery and view this wonderful collection of art! The show will run through the end of October 2016.


Please RSVP for yourself and guests by June 14th.
510.883.7000 or
http://crowdedbybeauty.eventbrite.com
An evening of art, wine, and food
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Minotaur / 牛頭怪 / Minotaur

Currently, my "Minotaur" is being shown at Expressions Gallery in Berkeley, as part of the "Life with Pets and Animals" group show (April 30th - July 15th).

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Finally, here are a few of my new works, as I continue to explore patterns, tonal variations and spatial relationships of my subjects:
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The March of Time / 時光的流逝 / Der Lauf der Zeit Apprehend - 恇恇 - Festnehmen
Trot / 小跑 / Trab Three / 三 / Drei


My full C.V. (14 April 2016) can be seen on ArtSlant or download from PDF.


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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Preview of the Newly Expanded SFMOMA


IMG_5328 - SFMOMA Re-opening Preview 7May2016

Yesterday, as a member of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), I joined a big crowd for a preview of the newly expanded seven-story building, chiefly to accommodate the vast and important Doris and Donald Fisher Collection.

Behind the existing brick-colored and black and white tiled facade, a taller wing like a white ship was added, like a backdrop, or a enveloping protective hull.

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Some of the best feature of the older building was preserved, such as the signature black-gray tiles, transparent gangway; the changed main entrance staircase was a major failure - either inviting or comforting, nor flashing or grant, and had been aptly compared to IKEA.

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New wing was definitely airier and even spiritual; the old wing became decidedly cramped and old, by contrast.

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I was glad to encounter some of my favorites, such as this lovely portrait by Max Beckmann and some Paul Klee:

DSCN2124 - Frau bei der Toilette mit roten und weissen Lilien , Max Beckmann, SFMOMA Re-opening Preview 7May2016
Frau bei der Toilette mit roten und weissen Lilien , Max Beckmann

DSCN2129 - Blüten in der Nacht (Blossoms in the Night), Paul Klee, SFMOMA Re-opening Preview 7May2016
Blüten in der Nacht (Blossoms in the Night), Paul Klee

A very familiar sculpture, Sequence, by Richard Serra, seen on Stanford Campus for many years, in the open air, reflecting changes of time and lighting, was on display in an indoor setting, which was still great to view, but robbed if some of the magic:

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Sequence, Richard Serra

DSCN2144 - Sequence, Richard Serra, SFMOMA Re-opening Preview 7May2016

Then, in both old and new wings, which sprawled like a labyrinth, I encountered many interesting works, some of them had been featured in a special exhibit to introduce the Fisher Collection.

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The best two rooms were the great Anselm Kiefer works collected by the Fishers, monumental, profound and deeply moving:

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Works by Anselm Kiefer

DSCN2043 - Der Rhein, SFMOMA Re-opening Preview 7May2016
Der Rhein, Anselm Kiefer

DSCN2044 - Wege der Weltweisheit die Hermannsschlacht (Ways of Worldly Wisdom Arminius's Battle), Anselm Kiefer,  SFMOMA Re-opening Preview 7May2016
Wege der Weltweisheit die Hermannsschlacht (Ways of Worldly Wisdom Arminius's Battle), Anselm Kiefer

DSCN2046 - Unternehmen Seelöwe (Operation Sea Lion), Anselm Kiefer, SFMOMA Re-opening Preview 7May2016
Unternehmen Seelöwe (Operation Sea Lion), Anselm Kiefer

DSCN2095 - Unternehmen Seelöwe (Operation Sea Lion) (detail), Anselm Kiefer, SFMOMA Re-opening Preview 7May2016
Unternehmen Seelöwe (detail), Anselm Kiefer

DSCN2041 - Margarethe, Anselm Kiefer, SFMOMA Re-opening Preview 7May2016
Margarethe, Anselm Kiefer

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Rooms of Anselm Kiefer

Other my favorites included these works below by Georg Baselit, George Condo, William Kentridge, Brice Marden, Gerhard Richter, Shirin Neshat, sand Cy Twombly:

DSCN2054 - Der Falke, Georg Baselitz, SFMOMA Re-opening Preview 7May2016
Der Falke, Georg Baselit

DSCN2056 - Elke im Lehnstuhl, Georg Baselitz, SFMOMA Re-opening Preview 7May2016
Elke im Lehnstuhl, Georg Baselitz

DSCN2106 - Dancing Figures, George Condo, SFMOMA Re-opening Preview 7May2016
Dancing Figures, George Condo

DSCN2061 - Abstraktes Bild (Abstract Picture), Gerhard Richter, SFMOMA Re-opening Preview 7May2016
Abstraktes Bild (Abstract Picture), Gerhard Richter

DSCN2075 - Drawings from Preparing the Flute (Bird Catcher), William Kentridge, SFMOMA Re-opening Preview 7May2016
Drawings from Preparing the Flute (Bird Catcher), William Kentridge




Design for "Die Zauberflöte" by William Kentridge, SFMOMA Re opening Preview 7May2016


Passage, 2001, by Shirin Neshat, Fisher Collection, SFMOMA, August 2010

DSCN2112 - Cold Mountain 6 (Bridge), Brice Marden, SFMOMA Re-opening Preview 7May2016
Cold Mountain 6 (Bridge), Brice Marden

DSCN2116 - UNtitled, Cy Twombly, SFMOMA Re-opening Preview 7May2016
Untitled, Cy Twombly

A wonderful opening.  Congratulations, SFMOMA!


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