C X Silver Gallery

Nonconformist – Newfane

LE XI and CAI XI – ‘Nonconformist’ – a sibling exhibition in Newfane

Moore Library’s Crowell Gallery, 23 West St, Newfane, VT, during August. Artist reception is Thursday August 4, 6-8pm at the Crowell Gallery. Crowell Gallery at Moore Free Library, Newfane, is open Tuesday/Wednesday/Fridays 1-5pm; Thursdays 2-7pm; Saturdays 10am-2pm; Sunday/Mondays – closed. Le Xi approaches light, shadow, time, and space in a constant state of watchful experimentation leading to the development of kinetic video art pieces as well as two- and three-dimensional pieces. Cai Xi’s approach is about savoring color, dancing with line and brushwork, focusing on the materials of her art media. She contemplates portraits and landscapes, the radiance of color, and the interplay of light and shadow of charcoal, and the vitality of contours, strokes, stretching and sweeping which has become a foundation for her exploring abstraction during the past 30 years since the ’80s. The show is open Tues-Fri 1-5pm, Sat 10-1pm, closed Sun and Mon. Cai_Xi_and_Le_Xi-Non-Conformist-Brother_Sister_Exhibition-Artist_Reception_August_4th_6-8pm

Coming from China’s collectivist society yet from earliest days both artists have been cultivating unconventional nonconforming worldviews that have been producing unique ways of communicating and depicting their observations and their mind-body-feeling. Both artists have their own trajectories that share an abiding interest in light and shadow, time and space. Le Xi approaches light, shadow, time, and space in a constant state of watchful experimentation leading to the development of kinetic video art pieces as well as two- and three-dimensional pieces. Cai Xi’s approach is about savoring color, dancing with line and brushwork, focusing on the materials of her art media. She contemplates portraits and landscapes, the radiance of color, and the interplay of light and shadow of charcoal, and the vitality of contours, strokes, stretching and sweeping which has become a foundation for her exploring abstraction during the past 30 years since the ’80s.

In these selected sketches and paintings of the 1980s, Cai doesn’t choose colors; colors choose her and then move through her during the drawing and painting process. With charcoal – the light and shadow is its own color and luminosity. For Cai, art goes beyond color: it’s about light, energy, movement. Colors interact with each other creating story, voice and sound. Based in Vermont, Cai Xi trained in fine arts at Shanghai Drama Institute and received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. A 2010 Fellow at Vermont Studio Center and recipient of a 2010-2011 Arts Endowment Grant from the Vermont Community Foundation, Cai Xi is Chef/Owner/Director of C X Silver Gallery of Fine Art and Cai’s Dim Sum Teahouse and Catering. For the past decade, Cai’s art and studio have expanded into an arts, cultural and culinary environment.

Based in Chongqing, Vermont and New York, Le Xi trained at the Sichuan Institute of Fine Arts and received his MFA from The School of Visual Arts in New York. As part of the contemporary Chinese art scene, Le Xi’s video installations have appeared in China, the United States, Italy and Denmark.