KEWPIE WITH STYLE: SOFA NY 2011: JAN HULING.

Jan Huling

SOFA NY 2011

Opening Night Preview:

Wednesday April 13th, 2011

5-9 PM (Invitation Only)

Where: Park Avenue Armory

Exhibition Dates: April 14-17, 2011

Show Hours:

Thursday: 11am – 7pm

Friday: 11am – 6pm

Saturday: 11am – 7pm

Sunday: Noon – 6pm

Show Location: Park Avenue at 67th St.

www.LyonsWierGallery.com

Lyons Wier Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new sculptural work by artist Jan Huling and an entrance installation by ceramicist Sin-ying Ho at SOFA NEW YORK 2011.

Neither sketched nor planned, Jan Huling‘s three-dimensional works draw inspiration from her travels to India and Mexico, as well as imagined, playful scenes reminiscent of childhood fairy tales and fantasies. Huling’s work is approachable yet evocative, incorporating spiritual iconography alongside humorous artifacts of contemporary popular culture. The armatures for Huling’s sculptures are an unpredictable mix of forms ranging from Kewpie and Munny dolls to birds and tiny life-sized insects. This exploration of shape and scale adds to the whimsical charm of her work.

In addition to seed beads, Huling’s colorful sculptures incorporate a variety of found objects, such as buttons, coins, tokens and costume jewelry. Huling’s slow and meticulous beading process, the intricacy of her swirling, hypnotic patterns, and the spontaneous manner with which Huling approaches each new project results in sculpture that is both delicate and alluring to touch – simply put, she transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Jan Huling received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and Drake University. Her work has been shown at the Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA, the American Craft Council Show, Baltimore, MD, SOFA New York and Santa Fe, the Bead Museum, Washington, DC, the Montclair Art Museum, NJ, and Rupert Ravens Gallery, Newark, NJ, among others.

Huling’s work has been featured in American Craft Magazine, The New York Times, The New York Post, Beadwork Magazine, 500 Tables (2009), 500 Handmade Dolls (2007), Lark Books, HGTV and NJN (PBS). The artist is the author of Ol’ Bloo’s Boogie-Woogie Band & Blues Ensemble (2010) [Peachtree Publishers],

Sin-ying Ho
Sin-ying Ho, “One World, Many Peoples No. 2”, Porcelain, hand painted cobalt pigment, high fire under-glaze, decal 

transfer 77 x 23.25 in / 195.6 x 59.1 cm

and Puss in Cowboy Boots (2002) [Simon & Schuster].

Sin-ying Ho, a Chinese born ceramicist living in New York, has created an astonishing series of life-size porcelain vessels, EDEN, two of which will flank the entrance of SOFA New York.  The artist refers to Eden as a pristine haven of natural beauty, a mythical place of bliss, delight and contentment – a harbor for reflection, meditation, and a safe haven from earthly delights.

EDEN was inspired during the onset of the global economic crisis in 2008, a time when we were all searching for answers as to why the economic collapse had happened.   Determined to capture the zeitgeist, the artist envisioned and executed life-size porcelain vessels with digital transfers of personal and global technologies, economic languages, and the human form, combined with a hand-painted background of traditional Chinese flower painting. These logos, charts and languages of consumerism trace the complex relationship between man, nature and economics.

As the world moves into a new age of globalization, people are now brought together more than ever, and our global culture is constantly evolving towards the next unknown.  EDEN speaks to the potent nature of trans-cultural intersections, both personal and societal, and hopes that these collisions bear meaningful fruit.

Sin-ying Ho holds an MFA from Louisiana State University and a BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her work is in numerous public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad, includingCanada Council Art Bank, Icheon World Ceramic Center, Icheon, Korea; Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Taipei County YinggeCeramics Museum, Yingge, Taipei, Taiwan; Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong, Guangzhou, China;Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, China. Recent 2011 exhibitions include: Tampa Museum, Tampa, FL; Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada and the Kohler Arts Center, WI.

Sin-ying Ho is currently an Assistant Professor in the Art Department of Queens College, City University of New York.

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