The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) is currently showing two exhibitions through Aug. 31 — Beili Liu: Chine and Karin Broker: wired, pressed, nailed.
Beili Liu: Chine includes a site-specific installation with materials suspended from the gallery ceiling. Suspended in the center of the gallery space, hundreds of thin, dark iron stakes will form a massive column of sweeping strokes. Liu’s work strikes a balance between old-school emotion and progressive innovation. Her ingenious use of materials and process are a blend of Eastern and Western sensibilities.
An associate professor in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, Liu seeks the impossible balance between the light and the dark, the harsh and the gentle, and entanglement and fluidity through her installation. The viewer experiences the installation through alternating moments of silence and sound, and is taken at once by the overwhelming tension, while at the same time drawn towards the subtle lyrical movements and sounds.
Beili Liu: Chine is organized by AMSET and funded, in part, by Sandra F. Clark, a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund, the Texas Commission on the Arts, Helen Caldwell Locke and Curtis Blakey Locke Charitable Trust, the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation, and the City of Beaumont – Beaumont CVB.
Also on view is Karin Broker: wired, pressed, nailed, featuring collages, wired objects, large boxes and monotypes that utilize etchings. Although this exhibition does not include direct printmaking per se, all of the artwork is either informed by printmaking or incorporates preprinted repurposed materials. Preprinted materials such as vintage printed metals are used in collages and assemblage box constructions.
“I think my titles are the final clues to the wired, tethered, nailed, glued, pressed “stuff,” Broker states. “But the issues of women, mom’s, what is ‘home’ can’t be just corralled in memory. They start there but my added years make these memories really mine.”
Karin Broker: wired, pressed, nailed is organized by AMSET and funded, in part, by Rob Clark & Jerry Thacker, the Edarin Foundation, the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund, the Texas Commission on the Arts, Helen Caldwell Locke and Curtis Blakey Locke Charitable Trust, the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation, and the City of Beaumont - Beaumont CVB.