“A thousand-mile long journey starts from each and every step.” – Dao De Jing
The Start of a Long Journey:
The Collection of Excellent Graduation Works (2012-13)
from China Central Academy of Fine Arts
June 3 – June 12
UBC Asian Centre Auditorium (1871 West Mall)
Opening: Tuesday, June 3 | 4:30 pm
Hosts: China Arts and Entertainment Group, China Central Academy of Fine Arts
Co-organizers: Association of Chinese Cultural Promotion-Canada, UBC Asian Library
Support: Consulate-General of The People’s Republic of China in Vancouver
Sixty pieces of outstanding works by twenty four China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) graduates from the past two years are presented in this exhibition, including oil painting, Chinese painting, print, installation, sculpture and video. The featured works make for an exemplary showcase of fine arts education in today’s China, as they reflect the level of fine arts education and the inclinations of the new generation of artists in China: how the young talents relate to the world, the society, and the surroundings through their arts.
“The Start of a Long Journey” program started five years ago. The motivation for the program is “to summarize the graduates’ work and achievements, as well as for CAFA to use this opportunity to recommend these excellent young artists to the viewers and society. These young people will become artists with independent exploration capabilities and plunge into the vast artistic community. The exhibition is the students’ first name card, prepared by their alma mater, to be used as an introduction to the society.”
This particular exhibition was produced at Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, Antoinette Westphal Collage of Media Arts & Design, Drexel University, Philadelphia in USA in 2013. It is now moved to Vancouver and hopefully it could be a good platform for enhancing mutual understandings between the Chinese and Canadian artists.