The Forum Across the Divide Virtual Artist Talk Series

Association of Chinese Artist in American Academia is hosting a virtual artist talk series.

For the first episode, we invited Professor Xuhong Shang and Professor Yingxue Zuo to share and discuss their recent work on 6.11.2021 at 7:00pm (CDT) on zoom (北京时间6月12日早上8点)

Artist Statement
Xuhong Shang

My current work is centered toward current global concerns and exploring the struggle
between imagination and reason. The ambiguity in my work expresses the uncertainty
of reality, which we ourselves have caused. Our conscience has grown accustomed to
creating labels for the things around us, – building the society we live in today. Virtual
Series using acrylic paints on the backside of the canvas to create justifiable images to
relate viewer’s own experience and expectation. Whether being real or unreal, far or
near, the imageries in the paintings would only be perceived and formed by viewers’
knowledge and conception. This obscurity reflects the emotional uncertainty the many
have experienced around world. The feeling of uncertainty has become a phenomenon
and has ultimately distorted our perception of reality.

Yingxue Zuo

This series mural pieces focus on visually expressing my concerns of past half century, particularly in regards to political, cultural and racial conflict, gun violence, politicians become the agents of special interest groups, especially political scandals, corruptions during last 2 years that have greatly impacted and changed this great nation and the multi-cultural society. The lies, dishonesty, attack and insult news medias and federal law enforcement agencies are becoming a new normal in American society. This is a historical turning point and American people is facing a serious challenge for protecting true American value, democratic foundation to avoid historical reverse.  As an artist I feel that I have a responsibility to use my arts to voice our fellow citizen to serious thinking what is the true American value? Who we are? Which direction we go for the future?  I wish to use my art works to remind the politicians also, they have to think about their historical roles at such critical point, to be historical sinners or to be politicians with great sanity? The history has been recording…..

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