Julia Nee Chu | “Near and Afar” | Solo Exhibition

JULIA NEE CHU

 Near and Afar

 SOLO EXHIBITION

 Opening reception April 9, 2016 6-8pm

 “Near and Afar” runs April 9 through June 11, 2016

FP Contemporary is pleased to present Julia Nee Chu’s solo exhibition “Near and Afar”. This is Nee Chu’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles in over 20 years.

“The purpose of my paintings, large or small, has always been to take the viewer along with me on a shared journey of experience and feeling that allows them to observe the multiple changes of plane and intensity of colors and paints. This is especially true in my recent small scale Portraiture-Like works.

The focus of my painting has always had to do with nature or rather, the processes or movements of nature. One cannot copy nature, but through the process of painting one can experience the transformation of nature.

What is nature to me? The Chinese philosophy of nature is to find universal orientation. The elements of nature are earth, wind, water and sun. From the processes of nature or the physics of nature come matter, motion, space and mechanics and then the human elements. Human beings are just one small element of nature’s processes. Therefore, we are an integral part of nature and through the positive/negative, Yin and Yang, we arrive to become part of the unifying whole.

In China, the purest form of art is calligraphy. The spirit of the brushstroke, also called touch, is spontaneity and finality. Spontaneity is a reflection that comes directly from the mind. Finality is when ink touches paper. It cannot be erased.

The process of touching the paintbrush to the surface of the paper is called time. Time spent cannot be returned, so the process is precious. Therefore, the act of writing becomes a sacred act. This is why Chinese consider writing a way to exorcise evil. I drop paint on the surface of paper or canvas and leave marks to build up the density of time. This creates a universal space.

The brush (touch) movement is an important element of my painting. Movement is the force of transformation in nature. So my act of painting is not only about recreating a feeling of nature, but nature itself.

My act of painting is a dialogue between the conscious and the unconscious and the orientation of myself to the world” – Julia Nee Chu

Julia Nee Chu was born in Shanghai, China and currently lives and works in Santa Monica, California.

EDUCATION

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, California, 1978

M.F.A., University of California, Los Angeles, California, 1981

Art Studies, CHOUINARD Art Institute (Cal Arts Valencia, CA), 1960

Claudia Meyer | “CONTINUUM” | Solo Exhibition

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“Nature and human made elements are my unlimited sources of inspiration. More than often, I deliberately proceed to establish a harmonious dialog in between them. I then extract, suggest and eventually emphasize an actual or underlying element, and re-associate it within a different perspective through a three-dimensional approach and numerous supports. Transversality becomes my tool to re-defining invisibles boundaries of energy and flows. In other words, what I am trying to convey and accomplish is a sense of subliminal and uplifting dialog through colors, transparency and shapes.” – Claudia Meyer

The essence of Meyer’s creations consists of flows and energy and her creative inspiration draws upon all materials, including those produced by nature, and those invented by man. This expresses a great sense of freedom, as Meyer hand fashions cubes, rectangles, walls and installations, which are illuminated by the material and revealed by light. In this newest body of work, Meyer explores the nature of water and aquatic elements.

“I deliberately decided to emphasize the abstract shapes and richness of water, adding artificial light and playing with natural reflections and materials used. Indeed, water’s mirroring effects, its transparency, its flow and streams and the visual sensations it provides when looked at very thoroughly have always fascinated me. Most of the work that will be exhibited at FP Contemporary will incarnate the expressions of these observations.” – Claudia Meyer

Claudia Meyer is an independent artist and creator. She trained as a graphic designer at Hochschule für Gestaltung and Kunst in Luzern and spent a year in Stuttgart, Germany where she worked as a graphic artist and made the acquaintance of Anton Stankowski, the grand master of German design, in whose studio she was able to work.  Later on, she moved to New York and attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, where she worked intensively on the possibilities of fabric design and modern technologies.  She has since been focusing full time on creating art using modern technologies and nature as her main sources of inspiration.

Education:

1978    College of Art & Design, Graphic Design Diploma, Switzerland

1982    Worked with Anton Stankowski

1983    Graphic Design & Advertising, Germany & Switzerland

1986    School of Visual Art, Computer Graphic NYC, USA

1987    Fashion Institute of Technology, Screen Printing, NYC, USA

 

 

 

Dirk De Bruycker | “In Tribute” | Retrospective Exhibition

We are all saddened by the passing of Dirk De Bruycker, who was a dear friend and a phenomenal artist. He will be sorely missed.

Photo credit: Eric Minh Swenson April 2015

In a recent Hamptons magazine article, Dirk stated:

“Colors resonate psychologically. I tend to use colors that I associate with inner life.  From the sensual to the melancholic, from a fragile beauty to mourning. I mean it has to say something about the human experience.”

The following was published in the Santa Fe New Mexican on August 16, 2015:

DIRK DE BRUYCKER FEBRUARY 20, 1955, – JULY 26, 2015

Long-time Santa Fe artist, Dirk De Bruycker passed away unexpectedly at his home on the morning of July 26th. Born in Ghent, Belgium in 1955 he relocated to Santa Fe in the 1980’s. During the past few decades he divided his time between New Mexico and Granada, Nicaragua. Regarding his migratory lifestyle he said: ‘I think some of the intensity and sensuality of Latin America has crept into my work. There is a feeling of unease here below the surface that is palpable and yet it is so beautiful. The force of life there is so strong; it permeates everything – you can literally hear things grow. I think it is some of that intensity of life, which is very different from my cooler northern European sensibilities that I have allowed to surface in the paintings.’ He had over 45 solo shows, the first one in Belgium in 1981. Most recently he has been showing his work in Santa Fe, Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boca Raton, Scottsdale, Jackson Hole and Ketchum, Idaho. His vibrant and luminous canvases reveal what he referred to as a “fragile beauty, a kind of dangerous beauty.” He is survived by his daughter Claudia Ninoska De Bruycker, his wife Felipa de los Angeles Mondoy Perez (Veronica), four brothers and one sister, Lucas De Bruycker, Riet Michiels-De Bruycker, Erwin De Bruycker, Wouter De Bruycker and Geert De Bruycker. Dirk will be greatly missed but his contribution to the art world will live on.

You can view and sign the guest book at the Santa Fe New Mexican website.

Photo credit: Eric Minh Swenson April 2015

There will be a retrospective solo exhibition featuring Dirk De Bruycker’s paintings at FP Contemporary opening on November 7, 2015.

Dirk De Bruycker, Five In Motion, 84 x 72 x 2 inches, Mixed Media On Canvas