An exhibition and a permanent mural at Street Road
Opening reception at Street Road, 5/19/2018, 4-8pm
Exhibition of drawings by Luyi Wang at The Little Free Library Cochranville 3/27 - August 2018.
Mural Installation by Kien Nguyen and Emily White, with
special thanks to Mason.
This mural by illustrator and artist Luyi Wang (b. Tsingtao) began with an image from her 2017 artist's book Reigning Heads, a surreal and dystopian story that reflects upon the ways in which modern society has become increasingly apathetic and self-serving. Luyi's story, told through a series of paper-collage drawings, builds a world filled with the Beings, who care about nothing but themselves, and the Heads, who exploit this self-involvement for their own ends. The mural design is based on the last page of this book and alludes to the tale's happy ending : the Beings and Heads blend together, evolving into a type of new creature, one that cares about the environment and animals, and especially, one that respects love. Amplifying and also building on the book's content, this mural as installed at Street Road represents diversity, echoing Luyi's belief that 'there is no doubt that we will be stronger and happier when we hold each other’s hands'.
Luyi Wang earned her BA in Camberwell College of Art in London and her MFA at Maryland Institute College of Art. She creates whimsical and childlike works addressing social issues. Her work has been published in The New York Times and other media outlets; she has won several awards and has exhibited in New York, London, Beijing, Cremona, Culver City, etc. She likes collage, hiking and dogs. | luyiwangart.com | Instagram: @luyiwangart
An interview with Luyi Wang, by educator and artist Sasha Boyle for Street Road. From NYC and The Little Free Library Cochranville:
Cold but fun Spring days of installation at Street Road:
Mural installation time lapse. Thank you to artists Kien Nguyen and Emily White, with special thanks to Mason - woof!
Early process drawings and work from Luyi's original artists book: