On Sunday July 21st from 4:PM – 6:PM Cai Xi will present an interactive performance in the larger front space inspired by her mother’s words “leaving my body, changing my bones” while her brother Le will present a video installation in the blacked out back space of the building. Cai’s work connects the body with the Earth and air through regenerative movement and Le uses cameras and sketches to record the material edges of urban environments searching for elusive qualities. While both reference shared processes of life and art, Cai uses her body to draw circles around herself, making marks wherever her body can reach, revealing cycles of growth and decomposition, and Le continues his search using machines, lenses, light, space, and physical objects saying “No matter how I explain its meaning, I have never caught it exactly. I just keep trying, never interrupted.” However it goes, the pair’s combination of technology and the spiritual hints at the potential of repetitive motions to generate perpetual states of nothingness and letting go.
CAI XI is a painter, chef, educator and Taiji master who has been practicing for over thirty years. Cai’s extensive painting practice (including landscape, portraiture and abstraction) extends to the kitchen where, as a chef she uses the Chinese Five Element theory as a lens for understanding the relationships between the body and its environments, including the weather, emotions, and the health of the inner organs. Cai’s colorful and tasty foods blend her artistic instinct and approach to healthy living as a way to create community around her.
Cai is part of the experimental contemporary art scene, a maverick in her own right, forging new solutions with each work in process. At the same time, she has a connection to and transforms traditional classical Chinese art through calligraphy and the principles of ‘brush’ (using the common mop, broom, and mason’s trowel), ‘ink’ (as oil or enamel paint), and, what has been known for centuries in China as the ‘bone’ of compositional structure. Much of her connection to traditional Chinese painting is espoused in the 17th century treatise, The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting: “The great unifying aim has been to express Tao, the way – the basic Chinese belief in an order and harmony in nature” , “the close relationship between painting and calligraphy” and “the traditional view that painting is not a profession but an extension of the art of living.” Cai relates to the Tao as a mystical groundedness. Cai received her M.F.A. from Vermont College of Fine Arts and her B.F.A. from Shanghai Theatre Institute. https://caixiart.com/
LE XI was born during China’s Cultural Revolution and grew up during a period of contemporary Chinese history and globalization. His work has appeared in group exhibitions in China as part of the contemporary Chinese art scene. In 2002 Xi moved to New York and in 2009 his work was included in the group exhibition “Mary’s Choice” curated by Mary Heilmann at the 303 Gallery. Later he was part of “Drawing itself: A Survey of Contemporary Practice” curated by Mara Williams at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center in Vermont. In 2010 he received The Alumni Scholarship Award and got his MFA in fine art from The School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2013, he was part of the 55th Venice Biennale as part of the Chinese parallel “independent voice” exhibition and teaches at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. Le explains his work process: “I have experimented with technology. I contemplate the transition from the mechanical to the biological. I have seen the unbroken procession from day to night, the cycle between sunlight and the world of electricity. During the day I follow the structure of the world as defined by shadows. At night, I conceive more power over the shadow by controlling illumination. I am interested in the space between the object and shadow, in which, I believe, art exists. A dramatic relationship is between structure and sensibility created by repetition, change, shifts, and the fluidity of action. By doing this, there is a disregard for the boundaries between substance and shadow, and time and space.” http://www.lexistudio.com/statement.html
THREE PHASE CENTER
Three Phase Center facilitates collaborative art and perception building situations that highlight the utility of process-based conceptual projects by those who are compelled to work in the responsive, intuitive, reflexive and instinctive ways that inhabit institutional peripheries. The space organizes a variety of workshops, labs, and performance art as a way to stimulate the types of community and dialogue that generate and build new possibilities and outcomes. Located in Stone Ridge, NY, Three Phase Center is a place to formulate, find, construct, propose and articulate with information derived from process-based art actions, object construction, performance, experimentation and outcomes. Three Phase Center is operated by Nina Isabelle, an artist-organizer dedicated to supporting and reframing the utility of art practices that aim to sort and solve problems of language and perception.
A workshop weekend on Saturday and Sunday August 18 and 19, 2018, in Michel Moyse’s studio at 81 Pleasant Valley Road, West Brattleboro, VT, a collaboration between Center for Digital Art and C.X. Silver Gallery.
Introduction to the Contemporary Art Palette: the integration of traditional and modern aesthetic practices through drawing, painting, video, sound, and computer tools.
The two-day program is free with lunch provided for a donation and registration is required. To register contact Michel at firstname.lastname@example.org or Adam Silver at email@example.com.
Saturday morning 8/18, 9 am – 12 noon: An introduction to tools used with aesthetic elements and questions. 12 noon to 1 pm: Lunch provided on-site. 1-4 pm: Application of tools and consideration of aesthetic approaches. During the morning and afternoon, outdoor walks, and viewings of film excerpts related to workshop discussions. Bring your own laptop or share the two laptops on-site. Recommended programs to install: 1) Flash 2) ArtRage.
Sunday morning, 8/19, 9 am to 12 noon: Develop and experiment with work started on Saturday. Collaborate with participants as relevant or needed. 12 noon to 1 pm: Lunch provided on-site. 1-4 pm: Culminating session. During the morning and afternoon, outdoor walks, and viewings of film excerpts related to workshop discussions.
Sunday evening 6-9 pm: 1) Potluck meal joining with Brattleboro West Arts. 3) Michel and Lee present their work and discuss art processes.
About the Presenters:
Michel Moyse, artist, filmmaker and teacher, is Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Center for Digital Art in Brattleboro, Vermont. Michel has an extensive background in film and experimental art. His multi-screen video artwork has been shown in the United States and abroad. Prior to his position as Artistic Director of CDA, Michel was Sound Editor in New York City for such directors as Woody Allen, Brian De Palma, Jonathan Demme, Peter Yates, and Otto Preminger. Throughout his career, Michel has been a working artist with a passion for experimental art and video. After working for many years with oils, canvas, plastic and glass, Michel’s work turned towards what he calls ‘motionpainting’ – artwork that transforms the concept of traditional two-dimensional art through an exploration of creative possibilities inherent in hybrid artforms that integrate drawing, painting, video, animation, sound and narrative elements. Michel is recipient of numerous awards and grants, including two Golden Reel nominations in Sound Editing and three Vermont Artists grants.
Lee Xi, video artist, uses non-traditional materials working in two and three dimensions and animation film. His work suggests the struggle between the limitations of life and its limitless perception, dealing with such questions as what is the gap between the reality and the imagination. Born during China’s Cultural Revolution, and now as part of the contemporary Chinese art scene, Lee has appeared in group exhibitions in China, the United States and Europe. Having received his MFA in fine art from The School of Visual Arts in New York City, and splitting his time between China, New York and Vermont, he has been teaching at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. He explains his work process: “I have experimented with technology. I contemplate the transition from the mechanical to the biological. I have seen the unbroken procession from day to night, the cycle between sunlight and the world of electricity. During the day I follow the structure of the world as defined by shadows. At night, I conceive more power over the shadow by controlling illumination. I am interested in the space between the object and shadow, in which, I believe, art exists. A dramatic relationship is between structure and sensibility created by repetition, change, shifts, and the fluidity of action. By doing this, there is a disregard for the boundaries between substance and shadow, and time and space.”
To see Michel & Lee’s work, see https://sites.google.com/site/michelmoyseart/ and https://cxsilvergallery.com/le-xi/
* Inquiries and to register for the workshop, contact Michel Moyse at mjmoyse [at] gmail.com or Adam Silver at info@ [at] cxsilvergallery.com.
* Registrants are expected to be here for the whole experience.
* Don’t forget to bring your laptop loaded with at least a demo of Flash and ArtRage if at all possible.
* In lieu of donation towards lunch you can bring a potluck dish to share.
Le Xi approaches light, shadow, time, and space in a constant state of watchful experimentation leading to the development of kinetic video art pieces. His exploration is an attunement and blurring of the boundaries between substance and shadow, reality and imagination, art and life, as energized by rhythm and movement.
In 2017, there were installation video projection installations in the Gallery space and, in the space outside of the basement level stores that flank the Colonial Theatre entrance, 89½ and 93 Main St, Keene, NH, as well as installation/projections in The Theater’s alternative exhibition space, The Corner, at 89½ Main St, curated by C.X. Silver Gallery in collaboration with the Theatre. Lee will be showing recent videos again in these spaces in August 2018, at The Corner, specifically on Tuesday evening, August 21, 2018, 7-9pm.
Contemplating the transition from the mechanical to the biological, Le Xi experiments with technology to explore the space between the object and shadow, in which he believes art exists. His source material includes the unbroken procession from day to night, the cycle between sunlight and the world of electricity, and the dramatic relationship between structure and sensibility created by repetition, change, shifts, and the fluidity of action. During the day he follows the structure of the world as defined by shadows. At night, he conceives power over shadow by controlling illumination. The result of these investigations is a disregard of the boundaries between substance and shadow, and time and space. His work suggests the struggle between the limitations of life and its limitless perception, attuning the poetic-bridge between reality and imagination, dealing with such questions as what is the gap between them.
Le Xi explains: “Energy fuels the mystery of life from the water wheel and car wheel to the CD ROM and the i-Phone. Energy sparks the foundation of cycles, the thrusting out and coming back from the artificially produced worlds and Nature; from physical energy to mental energy. For people attuning to this energy, through yoga, the Internet, t’ai chi, channeling the qi, or whatever way, being in this energy stimulates the imagination, expands one’s boundaries, and even provides mental evolution. I appreciate that Poetry is a bridge over nothingness to allow the sharing of different imaginations and to free up singularities. I seek to abolish the separation between poetry and mass communication, to recover the power of media from the merchants and return it to the poets and the sages. Following Motion and Energy of Chi as trails left by others in space, I live to view these trails, by catching its e-motion and movement and experiencing the Memory of Trails.”
Based in Chongqing, Vermont and New York, Le Xi grew up in China. He trained at the Sichuan Institute of Fine Arts from 1989 to 1991. He has a MFA from The School of Visual Arts in New York and is on the faculty of Sichuan Institute of Fine Arts. In 1994, he began to paint the “atom, molecule and surprise” project. This project expressed the idea that people stay together while experiencing the shift between the biggest surprise and biggest loss, because of the three gorges Dam project, which started in his city. As part of the contemporary Chinese art scene, Le Xi’s video installations have appeared in China, the United States, Italy and Denmark.
A discussion of his video projection piece, Wheelchair:
For the Chinese-born artist Le Xi, what draws him to Brattleboro are its different kinds of light. Le Xi’s work, “Wheelchair,” was made on Western Avenue in 2010. It‘s an extraordinarily affecting and challenging mixed-media piece in which the dark shadows of many objects, including a puppy’s tail and crosses, are flashed in staccato bursts onto a black shiny wheelchair and the wall behind it. It’s the only piece that moved [Chief Curator Mara] Williams to tears while she talked about it. “This is a proudly beautiful and very disturbing piece,” she said. “We’re dealing with a wheelchair. It’s a very specific chair, not a Windsor chair, and not a rocking chair. There are issues of aging in this piece, of a body that’s fragile and a mind that’s still lively. It’s remembering that you could walk and you don’t want to be confined to the chair, you’re larger than the chair, and you’re struggling against the chair.” – Joyce Marcel, The Commons, The Commons, http://commonsnews.org/site/site05/story.php?articleno=3463&page=3
LE XI: ATTUNING THE POETIC-BRIDGE
C.X. Silver Gallery at The Colonial Theatre
Reception/Viewing/Discussion: Le Xi’s Video Installation Art – Aug 21 evening 2018, 7-9pm, at The Colonial Theatre’s gallery space, adjacent to the Theatre entrance and marquee, 89½ Main Street.
Ongoing exhibition/screening: Le Xi Recent Video Pieces at C.X. Silver Gallery, daily by appointment, 802-257-7898.
For further information contact 802-257-7898 or message to 802-579-9088 and visit cxsilvergallery.com/le-xi.