JESSICA PI-HUA HSU (徐畢華)
“IN SEARCH OF ARCADIA”
Date: March 03, 2015 – March 22, 2015
Address: Hwang Gallery 39-10 Main Street, Suite 303,
Flushing, New York 11354
Hsu’s art contains multiple cultural visions, which reflect Eastern and Western aesthetics, as well as traditional and contemporary substances. Hsu’s uninhibited creativity is inspired by music, dance, meditation, nature and classical culture. Her life philosophy and creative style emphasizes “minimalism” and provides energy to her grand, carefree, and spacious “literary abstract paintings”.
Hsu is a prolific abstract artist who specializes in mixed media creations and cross-disciplinary collaborations. She often channels her originality through Chinese flower arrangement research, writing essays and poems on nature and humanity, and body art performance. Her work consistently displays a sophisticated execution of concept and an exuberant passion for life. Her style contains western minimalism, bright colors, and the energetic rhythm of Chinese calligraphy.
The solo exhibition of Jessica Pi-Hua Hsu’s “In Search of Arcadia” at Hwang Gallery in Queens is a visual feast prepared by Hsu in hopes of inspiring every art connoisseur, and even the casual passer-by, to open one’s own spiritual window to explore and experience the sumptuous scenery of Arcadia.
The Buddhist Scripture says – “Reality is not what you see with your own eyes; everything has its own true characteristics, but in disguise.” Just like how our perspective may change depending on the angle, lighting, and even our current mood, the beauty of painting is seen within the certainty of structure, as well as the formlessness of a concept as abstract as time. These opposites meld and attract, opening a spiritual window of mutual understanding between the viewer and the artist.
Born in Yunlin, Taiwan in 1957, Jessica Pi-Hua Hsu received her B.A. in Education from
National Cheng-Chi University in Taiwan. In 1987, she further studied at the Graduate School of Arts, UC Berkeley, majoring in the history of art. In 1989, she studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, majoring in painting. Hsu’s uninhibited creativity is inspired by Taiwan’s beautiful mountains and clear lakes and streams, and is shaped by her family’s humanistic view towards life. Having been a professional artist for over 30 years now, her works have been shown in many major international art fairs and exhibitions throughout Asia, the U.S.A. and in Europe. Her paintings, cross-media artwork, and video media works are all highly valued and collected around the world.