February 3-26, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, February 3, 6-9pm
Panel Discussion: Thursday, February 23, 12-2pm (Click Here to RSVP)
The concept of Soliloquize is to examine the communication between people. Tseng has always been obsessed with observing human behavior – the posture and body language of politicians in a meeting, details of a conversation between friends, passengers communicating with one another, and so on. She likes to watch them and listen to the content of their conversations even if she is not a part of them. She often finds that people prefer to narrate, rather than listen to other’s voices; they talk but do not listen and in turn do not solve problems. This series was created in response to these observations, with her goal that the audience will self-reflect, and open their ears to listen to others and not only to themself. Quiet introspection can be extremely valuable.
Soliloquize is also reflecting on not only individual interactions, but also the relationship between the Taiwan government and the Taiwanese people. In a normal conversation, one of the parties would listen to the other side. However, nowadays most people are only a mouth – talking at, instead of listening to, others. This work ponders “What is the meaning of these dialogues?” Its original meaning is discourse (discussion or debate), which refers to ideas, arguments, exchange, especially in political issues, to reach a consensus between the two sides. The end is to solve the problem. When there is a lack of listening, there will never be a beginning to the discussion.
Tseng was born in Taiwan, moving to England after graduating high school where she received her BA and MA in Fine Arts at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. She currently resides in New Taipei, Taiwan.
Plain & Fancy
Tobia’s work always takes serial or sequential form, often pairing images and texts or images and images. He is interested in the way that photographs convey meaning, the way they function as formal/esthetic objects, and the way that these two aspects of image-based art interact. This series, Plain & Fancy, utilizes large-scale paired images that strongly contrast in their nature: one spare and monochromatic and the other dense, textured, and lush with color. They represent the outside and inside of Amish horse carriages and, further, the Amish concepts of public/exterior plainness and private/interior freedom to indulge personal taste.
Tobia is a fine artist working with photographic imagery. He earned his MFA in Visual Arts from UCSD, having worked with artists in a variety of fields including Allan Kaprow, David Antin, Newton Harrison and Fred Lonidier. Given this multi-disciplinary start, he has considered himself throughout his career as a fine artist utilizing photographic imagery rather than as a photographer. His primary subjects have been the urban landscape and global material culture. He has photographed extensively throughout the U.S., Europe (especially Italy and Britain) and China. He is also a teacher of art and a long-time member of the faculty of Drexel University, where he is a professor in the Department of Art & Art History.
In Between serves as a continuation of Casey Snyder’s studio research of the conceptualization of space, presence, and materials. This exhibition presents new and existing works from her current studio practice and focuses on the indeterminate space. Snyder’s art is motivated by the spatial and how light is used to describe form. Using mixed-media and collage painting, her work forms a collision of materials that shift from spatial to pictorial to tactile. Her assemblages flux in-between the personal and public, logical and senseless, theatrical and literal. Fragments become isolated or mutated, displacing the routine into the peculiar. The notion of finding an “edge” or “boundary” is what propels her practice. Oil paint, spray paint, acrylic, ink, plastic, rubber, tape, paper and various drawing materials are her methods of creating edges. Using a process of collecting, isolating, and dislodging, new images are spun from ones that already exist.
Snyder is a mixed media artist and currently lives and works in the D.C. metro area. She received her BFA in Painting from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, and her MFA in Painting from Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is an art educator working as an Adjunct professor at Montgomery College and in addition, she is employed at the Glenstone Foundation, a contemporary art museum in Potomac, Maryland.