Yong Chen

December 6, 2012 - December 28, 2012

Yong Chen, Market (detail)

Opening Reception: December 6, 2012, 5:00 pm

Yong Chen is exhibiting a new body of work that explores his immigrant experience in America. His paintings express, through skillful craftsmanship, compositions that evoke a sensitivity to a type of narrative portraiture. Its focus is on new life experiences in America. Chen expresses his voice through a hybridity of the two cultures he represents in his work. His highly detailed renderings of other Asian immigrants have a striking reference to cultural experience steeped in Western art yet contain Chinese art-making practice at its core.

Chen hails from Taishan, a town in the Guangdong province of China. He began drawing and painting at the age of four.

After immigrating to the United States in 1989, Chen studied graphic design and illustration in Boston and earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Hartford, Connecticut.

Since 1995 he has illustrated/authored many children’s books and children’s magazines. He is also an art professor of drawing, painting, illustration, and design at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston.

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Focus Gallery: Christian Goncalves

Christian Goncalves, Crisis

Christian Goncalves is focused on the exploration of a visual narrative that connects cultural references with the phenomena of the unseen. His work is in the sculptural realm but is more about a formalism connected to the modernist traditions in art. Goncalves’s compositions thus reflect a concern first for conceptualization, then a connection to a level of communication challenging the viewer’s participation. What results from this construct are sculptural forms that almost seem ephemeral in their presentation; but their physicality is what he manages to bring forth.

Goncalves received his formal art training at Rhode Island College.

Gallery hours during exhibits are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Exhibits and events are free and open to the public. Accessible to persons with disabilities. For information on event dates and exhibit opening receptions, check this website or call (401) 456-9765.

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