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Ming Ren: My Perspective on a New Universe

When: Aug. 20-Sept. 16 2009

Asian techno-culture is certainly familiar to us container-ship cargo cultists here on the Pacific Rim's eastern edge, and Oriental art's influence on post-impressionism and abstract expressionism is well known, so the paintings of Bay Area painter/teacher Ming Ren seem blessed by both history and the cultural/commercial moment. Ming creates postmodern landscapes -- "puzzles of space and locale," according to one curator -- that can be interpreted metaphysically and subjectively, but not spatially. They're psychological "inscapes" reminiscent of early Matta that we "can only dream and feel with our imaginations"; landscapes that meld geology and astronomy; and painterly abstractions in the gestural Sam Francis mold, enriched by unusual mark-making techniques and fortuitous accidents. The mixed-media works are done on Shuan paper that is mounted vertically on silk scrolls or horizontally on stretched canvas. Perspectiveruns through September 16 at John F. Kennedy University (2956 San Pablo Ave., Oakland). or 510-647-2047

DeWitt Cheng

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