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Sept. 5, 2000
OSWEGO – Contemporary Chinese works and influences of Eastern culture are the theme of two exhibitions opening Sept. 8 at Oswego State's Tyler Art Gallery.
"Transcending Boundaries: Contemporary Chinese Painting and Works on Paper" and "East/West Passages: Works by Catherine Bebout and Paul Garland" will be on display through Oct. 1. The public is invited to meet the artists at an opening reception to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8.
Curated by Catherine Bebout and organized by Montclair State University, "Transcending Boundaries" features work by four contemporary artists of China: Xue Song, Fang Li Jun, Mi Qiu and Qu Feng Guo. A variety of media are presented, including color woodcuts, prints on canvas, mixed media and quilts.
In "East/West Passages," Bebout joins Paul Garland, professor of art and teacher of painting and design at Oswego State, in the presentation of work influenced by their travels through China. Garland's exhibited work was completed while on a recent sabbatical leave. His solo exhibitions have been shown in New York City, Philadelphia, Toronto, Minneapolis and Chicago.
Garland's series of small mixed media, photographs and acrylic-on-canvas paintings are part of an ongoing series of over 75 works begun in 1997. Through the juxtaposition of photograph and painting, the artist
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states that he "wishes to bring about visual collisions, which serve as a metaphor for the many visual, political, economic and sociological collisions which are so apparent in present-day China."
Bebout is a multimedia artist working in printmaking, book arts and sculpture. She is the area head of printmaking at Montclair State University, where she teaches printmaking and book arts.
Her work is represented by Fassbender Gallery in Chicago, as well as in collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Houston. Bebout's work has been exhibited nationally, in Canada and most recently in a solo traveling exhibition in the People's Republic of China.
Bebout often juxtaposes images from both interior and exterior space or objects, both organic and inorganic, to visually convey contrast of Eastern and Western cultures. The series on exhibition was influenced by the artist's stay in China and travels throughout Asia over the past two years.
Events and programs at Tyler Art Gallery are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 to 4:30 weekends. For additional information, contact the gallery office at 312-2113.
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CONTACT: David Kwasigroh, Tyler Art Gallery director, 312-2113

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