“Matter + Spirit” Exhibition Brings Chinese American Art to Taylor University

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Matter + Spirit is a traveling exhibition of Chinese American art that will be hosted at Taylor University in November of this year. The collection contains over fifty unique works of art that were created by twenty-five different artists from China and North America.

Rachel Smith, who holds the position of Gilkison Chair and is a Professor of Art, is in charge of the exhibit as well as serving as its curator and director.

She stated that the works that are being displayed in the exhibition are the result of a seminar that was held in China and that each of the artists attended in order to gain knowledge about the history and culture of the region. The artists who contributed to Matter + Spirit drew inspiration for their work from their personal experiences.

What is a major theme of the art exhibition?

According to Smith, all of the artwork shared similar motifs, colors, and themes because the artists were attempting to convey the complexities of the culture they were trying to comprehend through their work.

In the end, the exhibition will focus on the spiritual void that existed in the Chinese Church at the time, as well as the revival that occurred after it, and how both of these events impacted Chinese culture and the Chinese people.

“After my first few visits, I started to realize that many of the problems and issues that modern Chinese people face are not that different from some of the things we saw in the United States and other parts of western countries and western democracies,” Smith said. “After my first few visits, I started to realize that many of the problems and issues that modern Chinese people face are not that different from some of the things we saw in the U.S.”

She also mentioned that during the seminar, the artists discussed the spiritual culture of China and how it has been altered by factors such as the government and technology. She said this took place during the seminar. Many of these things contribute to the development of a powerful culture that places a higher value on material things than on spirituality.

According to Smith, people in China who have studied their culture have discovered that there is a spiritual void, and the growing materialism of the culture is making people realize that the good things society has to offer are frequently meaningless and lack any real value.

Smith also said that people in China who have studied their culture have found that there is a void in their society.

What does the exhibit hope to accomplish?

“Physical well-being, prosperity, money, and entertainments all rank very highly in both American and Chinese societies,” said Smith. “Both societies place a strong emphasis on the importance of these things.” However, we are ignoring things such as the profound relationships that exist in both societies.

According to Smith, the goal of the artists who are putting on the exhibit is not only to show the complex culture and spirituality of a culture that is foreign to people in America but also to create an experience that will help people learn something about their own culture through reflection and introspection.

This was stated as the goal of the artists who are putting on the exhibit. The majority of the pieces in the exhibition feature interactive components that invite viewers to take part in the experience and consider how the concepts presented in the art can be applied to their own lives.

Even though the exhibition is about China, Assistant Professor of Art Laura Stevenson said that it has a lot of themes and ideas that can be used outside of China. This is something that was said by one of the artists.

Interactive Art: A Window into Our Culture

“We should be able to look inward and see how some of these themes might be telling us something about our own culture here in the United States,” the statement should read.

Stevenson says that the things she thought about during the seminar made her want to try new kinds of art, like interactive and electronic art, and taught her new ways to do research for her own projects and for the projects of her students.

Smith says that the whole show is made up of photography, paintings, sculptures, and installations, each of which has a number of pieces that people can interact with.

According to Smith, “There is something for everyone in the exhibition. There’s a piece that almost anyone can connect with right away, and after that, they’ll usually be drawn to other works that talk to that one,” the author says. “There’s a piece that almost anyone can connect with right away.”