Opening reception: June 9, 2019 at 2:00PM
Exhibition: June 9, 2019 to September 30, 2019
This exhibition is entitled “WHY WE in YV ART MUSEUM” (YV=Yin&Viktor, WE=all artists who have made an impact to this art ground)
The main focus of the exhibition is a series of paintings subtitled “MY MASTERS” by Yin Peet, the co-founder of CAI and the art ground YV Art Museum. The exhibition includes 20 acrylic paintings, some are monumental in size. The show is about Yin as a figurative painter. While the trend in Art has always been racing for something new, in this show Yin is looking back and trying again to study her “Masters” after having been influenced over the past 30 years of her art life. She humors them, celebrates them and questions them.
Yin’s figurative work expresses her sense of freedom. With exaggeration of the essentials of its content and incorporating simple but provocative elements, she made her Buddhist philosophy and Daoist background known to her viewers. Covering one entire wall of the Gallery is a painting entitled “Day And Night” (38 feet by 10 feet). The epic goes – on a regular day and a regular night, human being walks on… We always thought we are going forward and better, but if we investigate more “carefully”, we would see that we are going back to where we started and repeating what we have been doing on the route of this endless mobius (which some also call Fate)! It’s a fraught human condition that we cannot help but to live another day and another night and rarely contemplate on how it ends.
Having trained mainly as a sculptor, like most contemporary artists in the 20th-21stcentury, Yin has experienced the rise of inter-disciplinary installation and performance art in the 1980s-1990s. As most of the projects of those genres were involving experimental elements, cross disciplines and collaborations with other performers, by necessity, Yin had to put on many hats—proposal writer, curator, project director, administrator, coordinator, performer, just to name a few. As a result, she created the non-profit organization CAI.
To announce the naming of YV Art Museum, Yin has painted a 24 feet by 15 feet mural entitled “The Monument Valley” based on the memory of a trip Yin and Viktor took driving through 22 states to understand the US, this huge country, in 2008. The painting is indeed “monumental” in many ways. Furthermore, to reinstate the artistic, spiritual journey, Yin characterizes Viktor’s portraits and makes her Buddhist’s 6 essences Eye-Ear-Nose-Tongue-Body-Mind tangible.
In the recent 30 years, we often hear comments about an exhibition such as, “it’s a curator’s show, not an artists’ show”. Indeed it is one of the important reasons for contemporary artists who are using unconventional material/form to take the curating power/fate into their own hand. It is this environment that prompted Yin and Viktor, the two founders of this art ground to create an art space like YV Art Museum that hopefully encompassing open mind, critical eye, and shows by artists.
Yin Peet migrated from Taiwan to the US in 1982, and had resided in Nepal from 1984-1988, which shaped her multi-cultural views in life and critically impacted her as an artist. She earned her BA in English Literature from Soochow University in Taiwan and an MFA in sculpture from the Massachusetts College of Art, and has been an adjunct faculty at the College of the Holy Cross from 2000-2014.
This show opens the 2019 exhibition season in YV Art Museum. In addition to Yin’s Painting, our museum walls are also showing a permanent collection of artwork by guest artists who have taken residency at CAI in the past, and of course, the upstairs Gallery showing Viktor’s kinetic sculpture, musical instrument. CAI’s art ground is open Thursday through Sunday from 2-5PM, admission fee is $5 for students and $10 for adults, which will include a tour of the studio and the sculpture park.