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Artist's Opening Reception: Mei Xian Qiu at Kopeikin Gallery

Posted By Blog User, Monday, February 24, 2014

Qilin

 

Exhibition Dates:  

March 1 - April 19, 2014

  

Artist's Opening Reception:  

Saturday, March 1

6:00 - 8:00

 

 

In this exhibition Qilin with work by Mei Xian Qiu at Paul Kopeikin Gallery we experience a sense of hybridization.  The sense of multiplicity relates both to the artist’s personal history and to her subject matter. Mei Xian Qiu is a Los Angeles based artist; she was born in the town of Pekalongan, on the island of Java, Indonesia, to a third generation Chinese minority family. At birth, she was given various names in preparation for societal collapse and variant potential futures, a Chinese name, an American name and an Indonesian name given by her parents, as well as a Catholic name by the local priest.  The exhibition title, Qilin refers to A mythical Chinese creature which is itself a combination of the four most sacred beasts in Chinese mythology. It is a creature of innate hybridism and duality, representing simultaneously and truth. Qilins signal the passage of the wise, and is the compass to the West.  Images are brilliant, painterly in their color and composition.  At times it is content that lends potency to the frames, but in other works there is a sense of danger, taboo, desire, indulgence, or control.

       




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