Teddi Li in “Cross-Cultural Dialogue: Sino-American Art Students,” opening this Saturday at the Javits Center

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Events, Exhibitions, VCS Students | No Comments
Bedroom in Guangzhou

Teddi Li, “Bedroom in Guangzhou,” from the series “My Bedrooms”

Five paintings by VCS senior Teddi Li (including the one shown above) will be on display from February 6th through the 10th in the group exhibition “Cross-Cultural Dialogue: Sino-American Art Students,” which is part of the Fantastic Art China: International Creative Festival at the Javits Center. In addition to Teddi, the exhibition will feature work from students in the SVA Fine Arts program, and others from SAIC, Pratt, Columbia, Yale and China Central Academy of Fine Art. Recent work by other contemporary Chinese artists and designers will also be on display.

Here’s a little information about Teddi from her website:

From 1996 to 2001, Teddi was trained in traditional Chinese painting. In 2002, she began academic training on Socialist Realism until she moved to New York in 2012. There, her interest in Cubism, Abstraction and Minimalism melded with her traditional Chinese education. Her paintings are often viewed as an amalgamation of Eastern and Western influences and she continually seeks ways to bridge the gap between the two.

The Javits Center site provides the following description of the festival and exhibition:

The Fantastic Art China: International Creative Festival exhibit will feature the works of top master and emerging contemporary Chinese artists from The China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) along with other rising young artists from China and America. The one-of-a-kind cross-cultural exhibit will headline New York City Lunar New Year 2016, a five-day-long festival marking the lunar new year holiday and being held at the city’s top cultural venues and landmarks from Feb. 6-10. The festival programs, events and activities — all free and open to the public — will not only highlight Chinese arts and culture but also nature conservation for monkeys in China.

International Creative Festival will feature important works by celebrated Chinese contemporary artists Pan Gongkai, Su Xinping, Jiang Jie and Duan Haikang, all distinguished professors at CAFA who are cultivating the next generation of artists. The exhibit will also include a Pavilion of Contemporary Arts consisting of paintings, sculptures, installations, videos, interactive digital media, and photography, as well as The Way from Heart to Art, a re-examination of Chinese traditional ink painting and its presentation; a Sino-American Art Students Exhibition featuring the works of teachers, students and graduates from major art academies in Beijing and New York; a Pavilion of Creative Design dedicated to original Chinese design products; and a City-Themed Exhibition featuring Changsha, Hunan Province’s capital, that focuses on urban development and art in a modern Chinese city.

The opening reception will take place this Saturday, February 6th at 5 pm, followed at 8:30 by a fireworks show at Pier 84 on the Hudson River. Both events are free and open to the public. The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York is located at 655 West 34th Street in New York City.

To learn more, visit the Fantastic Art China website and the Javits Center event calendar. The organization’s call for artists also includes some additional information about the exhibition.

For more about Teddi and her art, check out her website.

Visual & Critical Studies