This exhibition showcases 24 artists whose extraordinary creativity and commitment to nature, environmental, and social issues are addressed in a convergence of painted, woven, netted, sewn, assembled, and installed artworks. Artists draw upon natural, synthetic, industrial, and waste materials – from bamboo and silk to Styrofoam, bubble wrap, plastic and paper wrappings, and insulated and stainless steel wire. These artists leave craft far behind to cross the boundary into contemporary strategies that transform diverse materials into works of whimsy, wisdom, and beauty. They address the critical issue of the endangered earth and its inhabitants in abstract and figurative terms of philosophical, literary, cosmic, and quotidian dimensions.
Major support for the exhibition is provided by: Ministry of Culture, Taiwan, ROC. Taiwanese American Arts Council, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, QCC Art Gallery/CUNY, Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College/ CUNY, El Museo de Los Sures.
Special Sponsorship is provided by China Airline
Additional support: Queens Council on the Arts, New York Department of Cultural Affairs, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Queens College/CUNY.
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Queens Council on the Arts.
Special thanks to: Dr. Yulin Lee (Director, KMFA), Dr. Kenneth Howell (editor), Brita Helgesen (Museum Manager, GTM) and Elizabeth Hoy (Collections Curator and Manager, GTM), Lisa Scandaliato (Executive Coordinator, QCC Art Gallery), Alan Yu (Museum Manager, El Museo de Los Sures)