Featuring sculptures that involve thousands of sheets of paper that can be stretched across the room and photographs accented by three-dimensional household objects, the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at Misericordia University is expecting to wow audiences with the exhibit. "Emerging Dimensions: Works by Li Hongbo and Cai Dongdong," beginning Jan. 12. The exhibit runs through March 24.
A free opening reception will be held Friday, Jan. 18 from 4-6 p.m., with a snow date of Friday, Feb. 1. Phil Cai, gallery manager of the Eli Klein Gallery in New York City, will be the featured guest. She will represent the artists, who are based in Beijing.
Paper sculptor Hongbo carves through blocks of thousands of sheets of paper so the final artwork is no longer a fragile, static, two-dimensional sheet, but an elastic sculpture that can be stretched across the gallery. Li has several videos online that show his sculptures stretching.
The Friedman Gallery will hold live demonstrations of Hongbo's work in which gallery staff will lift part of a sculpture and stretch it across the gallery and then return it to its original state. Demonstrations will are on Fridays at 10 a.m., 12 noon, and 2 p.m. throughout the exhibit schedule. To request a tour or demonstration at other times, please contact Lalaine Little, Friedman Art Gallery director, at (570) 674-6250.
Dongdong, a former documentary photographer for the Chinese People's Liberation Army, began adding dimension to his unused photographs through readymade objects, including mirrors, a shovel, and a faucet, to challenge the belief that photographs portray reality. The resulting artwork introduces a new dimension to the history and the act of viewing a photograph. Cai was recently featured in the New York Times as a noteworthy entry in the Paris Photo Fair.
Both artists are represented in the collections of China's Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum.