Hung Liu: (re)pressed memory

October 1–December 31, 2011

Hung Liu : Pressed Memory at Tamarind Institute

Hung Liu, a highly respected and widely collected American artist, returned to Tamarind in early August to create lithographs for the third time with Tamarind printers. Liu’s new Tamarind lithographs will be exhibited, together with prints from her previous Tamarind projects, and prints from Shark’s, Inc. in Lyons, Colorado, and Paulson Press in Oakland, California. Liu will be present for the exhibition’s opening reception in the Tamarind Gallery on October 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

Born in China in 1948, Hung lived in Beijing during the Cultural Revolution, when she was sent to the countryside to do hard labor as part of the Communist “re-education” effort. Although her personal artistic pursuits were temporarily derailed, she eventually attended the University of California at San Diego and developed a distinguished career in the United States as a teacher and artist. She says that she arrived in the United States “with a 4,000 year old culture on my back and a late 20th century world in my face.”

Hung Liu is well-known for her hauntingly beautiful paintings and prints that address issues of marginality and displacement. Looking for the “mythic pose” behind the human figure, Hung Liu takes her subjects from Chinese historical photographs and weaves in traditional, symbolic motifs to create a dialogue between ancient and contemporary history.