Xian Rui 2008: Lure/惑 – Installation Art by Beili Liu

Lure/惑 by Beili Liu
劉北立大型裝置藝術展: 惑
Official Selection of the San Francisco International Arts Festival
舊金山國際藝術節指定展覽
11th Annual United States of Asian America Festival
11屆亞美藝術節指定展覽
Curated by Abby Chen
策展人: 陳暢

Runs May 9 – July 5th, 2008
Chinese Culture Center Gallery
750 Kearny Street, Third Floor (inside the Hilton Hotel).
Gallery Hours Tue.-Sat, 10-4
Admission: Free

“Such a moving presence…” – Suspended, Subjunctive
“Absolutely stunning…A must see!” – Flo Oy Wong
“Poetic…” – Jay Xu, Director of Asian Art Museum
“Don’t Miss!” – SF Chronicle/96 Hours
“Lure” is emotional, meticulous, and, yes, beautiful.” – SF Weekly
“Legend Made Visible” – SF Examiner

Co-presented by Redclay Art Lovers Club

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The Chinese Cultural Center of San Francisco kicks off its new Xin Rui (Fresh and Sharp) exhibition series featuring the work of prominent, emerging Chinese-American contemporary artists with “Lure惑”, a dramatic installation by Michigan-based artist Beili Liu. In her first Bay Area solo showing, Liu explores the Chinese myth of the invisible Red Thread that binds lovers by the ankle from birth. With each passing day, the thread pulls them closer until at last they find each other, overcoming distance and social and cultural divides. “Lure 1”, the highlight of the installation, makes use of hundreds of paired coils of red thread delicately suspended in the gallery. Subtle air currents set the red disks swaying and turning slowly like water lilies as the loose strands of thread on the floor drift and become entangled. With a little effort, visitors can discover the connected “couples”, though the swaying disks have their own “moves” and “affairs” regardless of the lines and connections beneath

Beili Liu is known for her uncanny ability to transform simple, everyday materials in curious ways that are evocative of both her Chinese heritage and her experience in the United States. Her elegant installations and sculptural work explore transience, fragility and the passing of time.

Related event: Beili Liu Artist Lecture, May 10, 2008
Future of Chinese Art & Chinese Artist in US, May 31, 2008

Co-presented by Redclay Art Lovers Club

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Partial Funding provided by the Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund and the San Francisco Foundation

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