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"Mei Guo (The Beau Monde-The Beautiful World)"
2008-07-25 until 2008-08-30
Contrasts Gallery
Shanghai, , CN China

Mei Guo (The Beau Monde-The Beautiful World), an exhibition of site specific, mixed media installations by Asian American artists and Asian artists who live in America, will be on view at Contrasts Gallery, No. 181 Middle Jiangxi Road, Shanghai, from July 26th-August 30th 2008. The exhibition is curated by Lilly Wei. An opening reception will be held on July 26th from 6-8pm. Mei Guo refers to both America and “The Beau Monde.” It is a descriptive metaphor that is a reference to beauty, spectacle and place, not an elite milieu, as the French term denotes. The title of the exhibition implies an expansive situation, acknowledging the heady interconnectedness of an increasingly globalized art world. Contrasts Gallery promote their artists with a Gallery Portfolio at absolutearts.com.

The artists in the show include: Noriko Ambe (born in Japan), Emily Cheng (born in the United States, Chinese-American), Chitra Ganesh (born in the United States, Indian-American) in collaboration with Christopher Myers (born in the United States, African-German), Amy Kao (born in Taiwan), Ju-Yeon Kim (born in Korea) and Jean Shin (born in Korea).

While the installations in the exhibition will be made of mass produced objects, they will be neither high-tech nor slick - the emphasis will be on the hand-made, on the hand and its ability to miraculously transform disparate and unlikely materials into art. In addition to creating objects for a “beau monde,” the artists’ luxuriant, labor-intensive projects will variously frame issues of identity, culture, memory, religion and feminism through architecture, design, painting, industrial and handmade materials in a permeable, reversible worldwide-exchange that is now circular: from Asia to America and from America to Asia and back again.

About Contrasts Gallery

Contrasts Gallery is aptly named because its philosophy is to celebrate and exaggerate differences. Founded in Hong Kong in 1992, the Gallery from inception set itself the task of exploring the relationships between art, architecture, and design by fusing individual creative talents without prejudice. As the first art gallery in Asia (outside Japan and Korea) to exhibit the international avant-garde, Contrasts Gallery shows art works from cutting-edge artists and commission pieces from designers worldwide. The Gallery’s mission is to show artists who explore Western and Eastern influences on art by creating a new aesthetic that defines the dynamic changes of today.

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