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CHINA: Lost/Found

CHINA: Lost/Found

Photography by Ka Chuen Yeung

STILLWATER, OK (July 30, 2013)—The Gardiner Gallery at Oklahoma State University is pleased to present the inaugural exhibition in the 2013-14 academic year—CHINA: Lost/Found, Photography by Ka Chuen Yeung from August 19 through September 27, 2013. In conjunction with the exhibition, a series of free events, including artist lecture, gallery talk, film series and artist workshop will be offered to the public.

CHINA: Lost/Found, Photography by Ka Chuen Yeung, featuring thirty-eight color and monochromatic digital prints, contrasts the artist’s vision of a lost and impermanent China in the late 1990s with a newly found perspective, captured through the faces of China’s citizens today. Black and white images of China, taken in 1996-97, document the landscape, culture and lifestyles lost to the construction of Three Gorges Dam and China’s quest for prosperity.

Sixteen years later, Yeung returned with the purpose of photographing the root of China’s new transformation and focusing on the individual. These color images epitomize a widespread urbanization in China and a discernible battle between modernization and the traditional past.

As Yeung portrays China, the world’s most populous country in transformation, he narrows his view to a descriptive, personal selection of people. They include displaced city dwellers, rural laborers seeking employment, nouveau riche pursuing luxuries—all reflect the extensive social changes recently found by Yeung through his lens.

Born in Hong Kong, Ka Chuen Yeung is an award-wining photographer based in Dallas. He works in the area of advertising and also within the realm of personal or fine art photography. “I do not really draw a distinction,” said Mr. Yeung “I am first, and foremost a photographer and the process, which I decide on what lens, camera, format, subject, concept, is addressed the same whether for an exhibition or for an advertising campaign.”

On Thursday, August 29, the Gardiner Gallery will host an opening reception from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, followed by an artist talk from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. A free public Gallery Talk will be offered on Thursday, September 12 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. CHINA: Lost/Found is organized by the Gardiner Gallery.

 

Digital Photography Workshop:

In conjunction with this exhibition, the Gardiner Gallery is collaborating with Stillwater Multi Arts Center to organize a digital photography workshop. Join Mr. Ka Chuen Yeung on Friday, August 30 at the Center for a two-session workshop (session I: 10 am—12 pm/ session II: 1 pm—2:30 pm) and learn how to obtain the most consistent results in your digital photography. There will be ample opportunity for you to discuss creative and technical aspects of digital photography with the artist.

The workshop is funded by the Oklahoma Arts Council and free to the public. For required RSVP, call 405-744-2783 or email Jordan.Griffis@okstate.edu

Film Series:

While the exhibition is on view in the Gardiner Gallery, three films—Beijing Bicycle, Last Train Home and Still Life—will be screened. Although in different genres, the films will together help the public understand the tension in an increasingly polarized Chinese society, when China discards its past as it hurtles towards modernity and global economic dominance. The screening will start at 7:00 pm on September 5, and continue on September 12 and September 19. All screenings will be in Classroom Building 101. This Films Series is free and open to the public.

About the Gardiner Gallery

First opened in 1965, the Gardiner Gallery has become the central place for Oklahoma State University students and faculty to experience the visual arts. It offers a range of exhibitions that stimulate active learning, research and teaching about art. The Gardiner Art Gallery is managed in close collaboration with the Department of Art. Each academic year, we organize a variety of programs, including artist talks, workshops and lectures by art historians and critics. All exhibitions and programs are offered free of charge to the community, designed for the education and enjoyment of all. The gallery serves as a gateway to the University experience and the vibrant cultural landscape of central Oklahoma. 

Gardiner Gallery exhibitions and programs are sponsored by OSU Students Fees, College of Arts and Sciences, OSU Division of Institutional Diversity, OSU Gender and Women’s Studies, and the Oklahoma Arts Council.