Hemphill Fine Arts
Event date and times:
November 10, 2012, 12:00 PM
GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm, and by appointment. Public Reception: Saturday, November 10, 2012 6:00-8:00pm.
Linling Lu: Lilac features paintings from the artist's series titled, “One Hundred Melodies of Solitude,” which have been compared to the work of artists of the Washington Color School and color field painters of the 1960s and 1970s. Where color field painting was aggressive in relation to the architectural setting, Lu’s circle paintings lure the viewer away from the space in which the work is displayed and into an internal timeless meditative experience.
These paintings are juxtaposed by Lu’s irregularly shaped canvasses stitched together from found fabrics and painted elements. In these sewn works, she counters the internal meditative nature of her circle paintings by inviting the viewer into purposeful and worldly interactions. The fabric works are “of this world,” often shield-like in form, and architecturally aggressive. By re-purposing and joining together fabric remnants from various walks of life, Lu reports positively on a contemporary reality—the uninhibited mixing of individual cultures and histories.
In both types of work, Lu avoids commercial tendencies such as self-identification and self-branding that narrowed late 20th century abstract painting and often introduce doubt in so much of today’s contemporary art. This is not to say the work is impersonal to Lu. Rather, her approach to art making is touchingly sensitive, so much so that the work is as much in service to the viewer as it is to the arti