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Paintings and Installation by Yueh-mei Cheng at Community Arts Center April 7 to 30

March 24, 2009

Artist Yueh-mei Cheng will create a spatial-temporal chess board in the Kerredge Gallery at the Copper Country Community Arts Center, Hancock, this April. The installation will be on display from April 7 to 30.

An opening reception for the artist will take place at the Community Arts Center Thursday, April 9, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Cheng says the multi-media installation places each visitor in a unique position to play 3D visual chess. Derived from her meditative experiences, Cheng says that "TIME. SPACE. BEING" creates images that echo the existential reality of meditation.

According to Albert Einstein, "Space and time are not conditions in which we live; but modes in which we think."

Cheng adds that in art, time, space, and beings are interwoven and inseparable. She says that in this art installation, one's internal vision is represented by pictographic images and metaphoric symbols. The letters of the alphabet become beings that live beyond the ordinary dimensions of perception, invoking the ancient mystics. The viewer's sense of time and space is influenced externally by the artist's imagined appearance of form, color, light, and sound.

To create the installation, Cheng is collaborating with artists Aaron Radzwilowicz, sound design, Jonathan Soper, computer animation, Donica Dravillas, glass design, and Karl Larson, electrical support.

Yueh-mei Cheng is an associate professor of studio arts at Finlandia University. Her most recent book, "Visual Chess" (published in 2008), is also closely related to the topic of this installation.

For additional information, please contact the Copper Country Community Arts Center at 906-482-2333.