Harrison Council for the Arts presents the “Pure Paper” collage by Milai Liang at the Harrison Public Library, located in the Halperin Building, at 2 Bruce Ave., Harrison, New York on view July 31 to Aug. 25. There will be a Meet the Artist on Aug. 2, from 7 to 8:45 p.m.
The inspiration is derived from traditional Chinese paper-cutting. Based on this technique, the artist integrates paper-cutting with traditional drawings. The paper is deliberately cut into geometric patterns. The negative and positive space compose pictorial shapes of monochrome; while being integrated with drawings and appearing at the same layer, the contrast of two different media creates an effect parallel to the tenebrism. It is the contrast of exquisite textures and bold colors. It depicts figurative representations, mostly portraits of children and women so that it addresses femininity and childhood memory.
Milai Liang lives in New York, is currently studying in Italy, and originally from China; she creatively explores the harmonious effect using paper cutting with drawing to create collage. Her work exhibits the contrasts of colors and the play of textures, as well as emphasizing the aesthetic value that the visual representation renders. The whole pictorial form has a passion to show the feminine emotion and childhood memory.
The exhibit may be viewed Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to noon. For information, call the library at 835-0324 or see Harrisonpl.org.