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Cross-Cultural Perspectives: Recent Works by Mei-ling Hom, Yongsook Kim-Lambert and Ben Yu

 

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley is pleased to announce its latest exhibition, Cross-Cultural Perspectives: Recent Works by Mei-ling Hom, Yongsook Kim-Lambert and Ben Yu. The exhibition opens August 9 and continues through October 20, 2002.

Cross-Cultural Perspectives brings together three contemporary Pennsylvania artists in Mei-ling Hom, Yongsook Kim-Lambert and Ben Yu. The artists each address issues of cultural identity with a variety of media, creating a striking dialectic between cultural assimilation and personal identity.

Kim-Lambert, a native of Korea, has had paintings exhibited in several group exhibitions, including the Canadian Society of Watercolorists in Montreal; Artists in our Midst at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona; and The Independents Exhibition at Seoul Contemporary Art Museum in Seoul, Korea. Her work includes a strong presence of Korean and Chinese calligraphy, which functions as a design element by adding layers to the surface, while also speaking to the larger issue of communication and power.

Yu's work has been included in numerous international exhibitions, including Paradise in Search of a Future at CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, NY, and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; Vision of Pluralism: Contemporary Art in Taiwan at the China Fine Art Museum in Beijing; and You Talk/I Listen at Centre d'Art de Culture de Marne-la Vallee in Paris and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taipei, Taiwan. Yu uses the hand puppet, dressed in traditional Chinese bridegroom clothes, as his central motif. The word bridegroom literally translates into "new person." Through his work, Yu, a native of Taiwan, comments on the predicament of living in a foreign land: You are always new and never fully assimilated.

Hom has been exhibiting professionally for more than 20 years, and has participated in several group exhibitions, including A Shriek from an Invisible Box at Meguro Museum of Art in Tokyo and Biennial Exhibition of Public Art at Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, NY. Her work is not so much about identity but rather the perception by Westerners of Chinese living in the Western World. "My installations evolved to specifically examine the conflicts of my hybrid Chinese-American identity, and by extensions, to call into question similar conflicts shared by other Asian-Americans," she says. "Recent installations now purposefully contemplate the influence of Asian cultures in America as their presence transforms, redefines and expands our vision of American culture."

The Museum has scheduled a Lunch a l'Art program with artist Ben Yu for noon, August 21; has designed an exhibition catalogue, which is available online at http://www.sama-sfc.org/ on the Web; and will host an opening reception at 4 p.m. Saturday, August 17. The reception will include an exhibition tour conducted by a Museum Education Coordinator.

 

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