Art Gallery showcases work from Shenyang Aerospace University professors

The Art Gallery showcases artwork from Li ShaoHong, who uses muted tones to portray people. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

The University Art Gallery is hosting work by two art professors from the Shenyang Aerospace University.

Artists Li ShaoHong and Liu Wei were on campus and in the community Friday, Jan. 10 through Friday, Jan. 17.

They took time to visit with students and tour the area.

They also were present for an artist reception at the UAG on Thursday, Jan. 16.

The exhibit shows work in painting, ceramics and sculptures.

ShaoHong is inspired to create art from his dreams and memories from childhood. ShaoHong has had several solo exhibitions both in the U.S. and in China.

Wei creates lacquerware art that revolves around Chinese culture.

Lacquer art is a form traditionally used in China and is deeply seeded in its history.

There are few artists in the United States who use this form, according to Sara Clark, an SVSU art professor.

Wei plays on deep and rational realism, spirit, northern culture and the romantic influences from the southern culture, according to his artist statement.

Each artists’ work is very different.

Wei’s lacquerware art is vibrant and delicate.

ShaoHong’s work used more subtle colors and portrayed people.

Due to how delicate the work is, many of the pieces were print replications; however, Wei did bring some originals with him.

Clark said the exhibit is different than most hosted by the UAG since it featured print replications of some of the work.

“We have digital files that were sent of the lacquer pieces, and we printed those, but the paintings were actually shipped, and then we mounted them,” Clark said. “Wei did bring some actual pieces, so you can see what the surfaces look like and how beautiful and delicate they really are.”

The artists came Friday, Jan. 10, to arrange their pieces.

“They came in and rearranged things, and it was completely different from the way we were thinking about the work, so it was really interesting to see that difference of attention,” Clark said. “[They had a] totally different philosophy of how things should be laid out.”

Brittany LaCross, a theatre senior, has worked with the artists before and came to support their work.

“It’s very beautiful, it’s super vibrant – one of the professors has a lot of color usage, and one is more of a neutral color spectrum,” LaCross said. “It was cool to see the dynamics of these two coworkers.”

The exhibit will remain free and open to the public until Feb. 7.

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