Dates: May 2nd – May 16th
Opening Reception: May 2nd, 5 – 7pm, at Hartnett Gallery
Alina Yang, a graduating senior at the University of Rochester, will be having her first solo exhibition at the Hartnett Gallery in Rochester, New York. The exhibition, titled “The Shape of Being,” will feature both sculptures and acrylic paintings by Yang.
While she is currently double majoring in Business and Studio Art, Yang strives to be a visual artist. Through experimenting with various medium, Yang explores the self and interpersonal relationships. Her upcoming exhibition will also focus on the intricacy of human interactions, and the essential aloneness of one’s being. “We all have a body and a pivot point where we stand gravitationally,” says Yang, “but on the emotional level, we are unique, and alone.”
The Shape of Being will be on view at the Hartnett Gallery from May 2nd through May 16th. There will also be an open reception with the artist on May 2nd from 5-7pm at the gallery.
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The Shape of Being
As an artist and observer, I am always inspired by happenings in daily life, my personal
experience and my relationships with people. The mesmerizing beauty in the intricacy of life experience and interpersonal relationships appeals to me. Even inconspicuous moments have provocative meanings to explore.
I ponder how my selection of material, structure and space serve to aesthetically realize my concept. I value the boundary between abstraction and lucidity. This boundary presents my self- contradiction of balancing freedom (break the limits) and constraints (limits).
My painting series explores the various forms of people being in the society by portraying human beings as twisted shapes and presenting the connection of the shapes metaphorically as interpersonal relationships. Our self-consciousness changes when we see ourselves through others’ objectification. Interpersonal relations change our self-understanding and behavior, even though we might not be aware of the impact. People could see themselves through the sophisticated relationships and complicated feelings encountered in the social life in the paintings.
In my sculptures, I explore an existential status: we live alone. Human beings are all the same in that each one has a body and a pivot point standing gravitationally. However, on the emotional level, we are unique, and cannot fit our thoughts exactly into others’ understanding. We are alone. My sculptural crowd mimics an environment where people live and socialize with others. The variety of figurative poses shows the singularity of each person. These slim and tall plaster sculptures seem to fall apart due to the seemingly unbalanced structure. This generates a nervousness and uncertainty.
The Hartnett Gallery is funded by the University of Rochester Students’ Association, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Venture Fund from the Office of the President at the University of Rochester.
Gallery hours are: Tuesday-Friday, 12pm – 7pm and Saturday-Sunday, 12pm – 5pm.