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March 4, 2017

Voices in the Smoke: Chinese Wood-Block Prints by Carol Potter Peckham

Presented by the Canadian Society for Asian Arts and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Voices in the Smoke: Chinese Wood-Block Prints
by Carol Potter Peckham

Exhibition: March 4 – April 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Sat. March 4 from 1:30-3:30pm

Voices In The Smoke is an exhibition of Chinese woodblock prints that reveal a compelling three thousand year old story of the confidence and faith of the many people of China who believed in calling upon their ancestors and powerful and benign gods to improve their lives. Historically, people lived in hard and challenging times and the spiritual world acted as protectors from the threats of natural disaster, precarious physical conditions, and the difficulties of daily life. The wood block images printed for this exhibition are examples of the pantheon of gods and deities worshipped. The Chinese sent their prayers, pleas and petitions to the deities and loved ancestors in the spirit world to grant safety from harm and to bring good health and good fortune.

The wood blocks were found in an antique market in Beijing and painted by Ms. Potter Peckham. Some of the surviving blocks used to print this collection were finely carved by skilled craftsmen but the majority are quiet rustic and brought to market by peddlers and farmers from towns and villages. They survived many years of damage and destruction including the Cultural Revolution, used as firewood, and being re-carved for other purposes. Originally printed on small sheets of paper these requests to the spirit world were burned with incense and carried upwards in the smoke.

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Art Exhibition Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Chinese Art Exhibit Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Start: March 4, 2017 9:00 am
End: April 8, 2017 4:30 pm

April 9, 2017

Looking into the Frame by Charlie Dixon

Looking into the Frame
by Charlie Dixon

Exhibition: April 9 – April 29, 2017
Opening reception: April 9 from 2-4pm
Artist in attendance

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden proudly presents the photographic works of aspiring young artist Charlie Dixon. As a community organization, the Garden dedicates the month of April to support young talent and future leaders in arts and culture.

From a very young age, Charlie showed interest in visual arts, consistently being attracted to small details and elements of everyday spaces around him. As he grew older, Charlie became fascinated with social media platforms, which fueled his creative desire to highlight the beauty of natural and urban landscapes. Using a small Pentax SLR borrowed from his mother, Charlie began to frame the world around him through the lens of his beloved camera.

More recently, Charlie has been exploring photography that calls into question the role of form and function in everyday life. Framing ordinary objects from unusual angles and vantage points, he reveals the surprising small details of familiar structures, forcing us to rethink. Aside from concepts of form, Charlie also explores the transformative effects of humans in different environments.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden has always been a source of inspiration for Charlie. Strolling through the corridors, as the breathtaking landscapes transform into paintings fixated in the frames of beautifully designed leak windows – a view within a view. Charlie’s current photographic projects focus on framed views and city architecture. He will continue exploring the concepts of Macro and Micro Cosmos by making small details become the whole.

 

Start: April 9, 2017 10:00 am
End: April 29, 2017 4:30 pm

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