22nd Floor Capitol Gallery
Through January 31, 2017
by John Chen
Artist couple John and Jean Chen, collectively known as John Chen, have devoted their life teaching and creating art. The title of this show, OO – SIANG ART, is their personal art philosophy and embodies them both. OO – SIANG ART literally translates as "Formless Art". It originated from "concept and form" and "concept without form". Its ultimate goal is the combination of the Chinese Philosophy of Yin and Yang, harmony between Nature and Human Beings. Part of their creative process involves painting on the same canvas, and is highly imaginative.
Consisting of Chinese ink wash, watercolor and acrylic on handmade rice paper, these works created between 1986 and 2015, emphasize the remarkable artistry of traditional Chinese brush and ink paintings. John Chen’s work integrates “traditional Chinese art methodology with Western style by emphasizing the tint and color into abstract varieties. Yet, at the same time, maintaining the brush paintings with ‘Zen’ influence.” The artwork in this exhibition represents a coming together of Eastern and Western art traditions. John and Jean Chen live and work in South Florida.
Sponsored by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Miami.
Image: Rubens, 28" x 32", acrylic and watercolor on rice paper
Gallery for Innovation and the Arts
December 1, 2107 - February 28, 2018
Illuminating the Deep
More information coming soon.
Museum of Florida History
Opened in 1977, the Museum of Florida History collects, preserves, exhibits, and interprets evidence of past and present cultures in Florida, and promotes knowledge and appreciation of this heritage.
As the state history museum, it focuses on artifacts and eras unique to Florida's development and on roles that Floridians have played in national and global events.
Through exhibits, educational programs, research, and collections, the Museum reflects the ways that people have shaped and reacted to their cultural and natural environments. The newest attraction at the Museum is Phase 2 of the permanent exhibit Forever Changed: La Florida, 1513–1821. Phase 1 of Forever Changed opened in 2012 and featured the time period 1513–1565. The new exhibit explores a dynamic period in history—from the meeting and interaction of native and European cultures to Florida's adoption as a United States territory.
For more information, visit museumoffloridahistory.com
A reproduced portion of a Spanish ship, where visitors can learn about navigation and life at sea in the "Forever Changed" permanent exhibit.
Cabinet Meeting Room
Photography by Don Browning
The artwork was donated to the Department of State Art Collection in 2007 and commemorated the establishment of a Wading Birds Rookery Sanctuary.