Biying Zhang’s paintings explore loss, abandonment and anxiety, and articulate sensations of the underlying violence and psychological tension she has experienced in her life. Through her visual concept Zhang explores a zone that fuses familiar landscapes with a sense of alienation. The paintings point out contradictions of vulnerability and security by juxtaposing conflicting visual messages. The work requires that the viewer examine the meaning of life as observed from outside their peaceful, private environment. The paintings also project apocalyptic and catastrophic scenarios. Questions arise regarding the relationship between the privileged and the working people of the world, and also the sensation of the overexposure we experience while continuing to strive to maintain privacy and propriety. The intention is for the viewer to find resonances of their own experiences in the work. City Light: Familiar Landscapes with Alienation will be on view in the Gallery from March 2-31.
Biying Zhang earned her B.F.A. from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China and her M.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA). She has exhibited nationally and internationally and is the recipient of several awards including a Karsh Prize in photography and a Dean's Discretionary Fund Project Grant from the SMFA.
Gallery - Newton Camera Club Annual Print Exhibit
Reception: Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00 pm
The joy of photography is what brings together members of the Newton Camera Club. Their annual print show will be held in the Main Hall from March 2-31. The public is welcome to meet the photographers and view the show at an opening reception on Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00 pm.
The Camera Club’s annual event showcases some of the best work produced by club members with a variety of photographic subjects and approaches. The Club’s photographers range from novice to professional, but all share a passion for photography, whether through capturing nature's many moods, the varied forms and expressions of human subjects or through the delight in capturing some little detail that most would not notice.
The Newton Camera Club provides all photographers a forum for discussing and sharing their work. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Monday evenings of each month from September through April and alternate between presentations by veteran photographers invited to speak to the club, sharing of members' work and thoughtful critiques during competitions. Info at: www.newtoncameraclub.org.
First floor display cases
The three first floor display cases will contain information about organic gardening and landscaping from Green Decade/Newton. Be sure to come to the Monday, March 26, 7:00 pm program to learn more.
Atrium display cases
Atrium Case 1 will focus on the theme of this year’s History Series, Newton’s Revolutionary Roots. Cosponsored by Historic Newton, the series will explore the cultural, social and civic landscape of pre-Revolutionary Newton, and how it shaped Newton’s involvement in the war.
Atrium Case 2 will contain information on this year’s Spring Fling which will be held on Saturday, March 31 at 6:30 pm.
Art exhibition information
Are you interested in exhibiting your artwork at the Library? The Newton Free Library presents monthly exhibits by regional artists in the Gallery and Main Hall of the main library, a state-of-the-art facility which 11,000 people visit weekly. Please click here for more information.
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