PH GALLERY + STUDIO
June 28, 2019 – July 26, 2019
OPENING ARTIST RECEPTION
Friday, June 28, 5-9 PM
June 17, 2019, TROY, NY– PH GALLERY + STUDIO is pleased to present the work of visual artist Joyce Chan. Chan’s series “Walls” will be featured in the gallery from June 28, 2019 to July 26, 2019. The opening artist reception will take place during Troy Night Out on Friday, June 28, from 5 pm to 9 pm in the gallery.
Paper cutting, as a craft and form of expression, has a rich 1500-year history dating back to 6thCentury China. In China, paper cutting originated as a form of folk art or art by and for the people. Traditionally paper cutting reflected the themes relating to nature worship or was used to beautifully recollect the daily life and work of the people. Today, contemporary artists such as Kara Walker and Shanti Grumbine have used paper cutting to express themes that, still honor the art form’s traditions, are also deeply personal, sometimes controversial and simultaneously transcendent of the mundane.
Chan’s work does the same. Her work references traditional themes found in Chinese culture. Of her work Chan states, “[Walls] consists of works based on the wallpaper motif from her parents' restaurant, the first Chinese-American restaurant in Scotia, NY. Symbolically, bamboo represents strength, moral integrity, resistance, modesty and loyalty in Chinese culture. It also stands as an example of loneliness and elegance.” Chan’s work is imbued with thoughtful beauty that is grounded by personal experiences of navigating the duality and contradictions of every day life as a citizen of two cultures.
“Walls” will be on display and available for viewing by appointment from June 28, 2019 to July 26, 2019, at PH GALLERY + STUDIO, 455 Broadway in downtown Troy. Please contact Gallery Director Pilar Arthur-Snead for an appointment. The gallery will also take part in the Downtown Troy Bid’s Troy Night from 5 pm to 9 pm on Friday, June 28, 2019.