Cross Cultural Currents: The Art of Zhiyuan Cong, Chung-Fan Chang, LiQin Tan, Jing ZhouApril 30 – June 22, 2018 Opening Reception: Sunday, May 6th, 2018, 4 - 6 pmWest Windsor Arts Center Gallery952 Alexander Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm and Saturday, 10am-4pm This exhibition is being presented by West Windsor Arts Council and in partnership with: Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University, Chinese-American Art Faculty Association.Cross Cultural Currents will showcase the work of four Chinese American artists who are also professors at four NJ-based colleges and universities. This exhibition will highlight the cultural influences on their art. Zhiyuan Cong, Professor & Director, Center for Chinese Art at William Patterson University. Tradition is embedded in the cultural heritage of the world. For an artist to reach the peak and achieve artistic eternity, he needs to be conversant with things present and past, drawing from the best of all traditions. Borrowing from the Chinese Han human figure stone relief, which used simple and vigorous to express masculine power, my work aims to portray an indispensable part of American life, namely, the sport of basketball. From the images in both paintings and prints, I hope people will see the dynamics, the rhythm, the quick pace and life in our modern society. Chung-Fan Chang, Assistant Professor of Art, Stockton University. Through the Kite series of painting, works on paper, video, and wall installation, Chung-Fan Chang’s work represents the Eastern influence of imaginary personal landscape that reflects issues within the society and daily life experience. “Kite” refers to the neon color fields in the abstract landscape that imply as intruders to the surrounding. Intruders cross-examine how fluorescent and artificial colors affect our vision and how that restless sensation as a metaphor of continued conflict in society. The abstract landscape calls upon the viewer to ponder, and often allows for ambiguous interpretation. The color is obsessive and disturbing, yet demonstrates authority to demand to be viewed and to attack the viewing experience. The work draws inspirations from life experience, formal Chinese ink landscape and identifies the visual simile of color and its significance in culture. LiQin Tan, Professor of Art, Rutgers University-Camden. Primitive Level Signals – This theme uses spirit levels, commonly used to indicate whether a surface is level, as a signal to illustrate a natural phenomenon in humans, where brain development is an equalized process. The competing concepts of the brain — whether the battle of the brain’s size versus its intellectual capacity, or of its technological versus its spiritual side — are always kept in equilibrium. Jing Zhou, Associate Professor, Monmouth University. Meditation is an ancient healing method in many cultures. Inspired by nature and the Chinese culture, my digital imaging series “Ch’an Mind Zen Mind: Visual Meditations on the Ultimate Reality and Absolute Calmness” reflects my experience in search of inner peace through one of the most widely held oriental philosophies—Ch’an, also known as Zen. Ch’an’s profound wisdom/teaching and Western art inspired this project. Every image in this series carries a unique philosophical concept with different aesthetic approach. I hope to communicate to my audience Ch’an’s subtle atmosphere of Emptiness and Calmness by developing a personal visual language that expresses universal ideas. Creating this series of artwork has allowed me to explore the arts, mythology, and both Eastern and Western culture from a Ch’an perspective. I want to share this experience and hope my viewers to look at my images as if through magical windows into a healing space. For more information, please call the Center for Chinese at William Paterson University at 973.720.2799, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit web wpunj.edu/ccart. You also can call west Windsor Arts Center Gallery at 609.716.1931, or email: email@example.com, or visit web www.westwindsorarts.org.