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'Communicating Beyond Words’ is a group exhibition of 12 artists from diverse cultural backgrounds who use letterforms as their visual elements. More than 30 artworks inspired by unique letterforms in multiple native languages with creative and beautiful designs will be displayed including illustration, street art, calligraphy, tattoo art, and paintings. With empathy, audiences are invited to recover, be understood, and have a sense of hope beyond words.
Opening Reception: FRI, OCT 15, 6-8 PM ET (RSVP is required)
Gallery Dates: FRI, OCT 15 - SUN, OCT 31
Gallery Hours: SAT & SUN, 12-5 PM; Weekdays by Appointment
Chavelli Tsui, Cui Fei, Dina Ruzha, Jan (Suphitcha) Donsrichan, John Fekner, Minyoung Sim (Tattooist EQ), Sebastian Ferreira, Stephanie S. Lee, Thierry Alet, Wendy Fung, Young Shik Kim, and Zen master Hye-Seong.
$5 Suggested Donation/FREE for Members & Students
This program is made possible by the New York City Artist Corps.
- Chavelli Tsui is a designer and lettering artist based in New York. She specializes in letter-driven work that is elegant and eloquent; spirited, yet sumptuous.
- Cui Fei is an artist based in New York. In her ongoing series Tracing the Origin, she uses “Chinese characters” as the subject to explore the relationship between human beings and nature.
- Dina Ruzha is a lettering artist, calligrapher, and illustrator. She illustrates ideas, emotions, moods, and concrete stories. She combines her talents as an illustrator and lettering artist to communicate a message. Based in NYC, she works for clients all over the globe. Her mission is to deliver a message through each picture.
- Jan (Suphitcha) Donsrichan is a Bangkok-born, New York-based interdisciplinary artist and designer. Suphitchan’s work is built on using common objects and experiences from daily life to devise narratives that mix reality and fiction.
- John Fekner is a street and multimedia artist, who created hundreds of environmental, social, political, and conceptual works consisting of stenciled words, symbols, dates, and icons painted outdoors around the world.
- Minyoung Sim (Tattooist EQ) is a tattoo artist living and working in South Korea. She has more than 100,000 followers on Instagram and inspires the audience with her creations that combine color, delicacy, and techniques.
- Sebastian Ferreira is an artist based out of Edgewater, NJ. He was born in Venezuela and raised in both Miami/Memphis. His latest works are focused on an amalgam of abstract calligraphy and pop art. He creates intense portraiture in his painting with his love of graffiti and lettering.
- Stephanie S. Lee is an artist and a curator based in New York. In her Munjado, one of the genres in Minhwa that depicts Confucian virtues in the form of letters, she uses both Korean Hangul and English Alphabet with contemporary elements to convey female gender identity and equity.
- Thierry Alet is an artist and founder of Frère Independent, a non-profit association based in New York. ‘The Manuscripts’ series expresses everyone’s natural and exacerbated obsession with existing. This obsession is expressed by the persistence of the writing on African wax fabric but also the psychological character of the chosen sentence.
- Wendy Fung is a calligrapher, lettering artist and graphic designer based in Brooklyn, New York. As an artist specializing in lettering & calligraphy, she empowers brands to tell their story through captivating, visual interpretations of words. She believes lettering can be reflective and engaging.
- Young Shik Kim is an artist based in Seoul, South Korea. Kim’s works combine traditional techniques and materials with contemporary forms and soft color palettes. Her painting style - simple and delicate renderings in an amiable tone - was developed over twenty years of practicing and studying traditional Korean Folk Art painting.
- Zen master Hye-Seong is a calligrapher, painter, writer, and tea master who runs Zen Monastery Catskill, New York, and Gum Gang Sa, Busan, South Korea. Zen calligraphy is a full concentration that is devoid of thoughts that distract the mind. Master Hye-Seong believes artworks encourage one’s mind toward enlightenment. He believes that each of us should strive for a higher level of spirituality through meditation and contemplation.