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TWO MOONS 
 
 
Group Exhibition 
November 26 - Deccember 9, 2018
 
Opening Reception
Thursday, November 29, 6:00 - 8:00pm
 
Featured Artists
 Jiaranai Apaipak & Nan Xu
 
Meet the Artists at Opening Reception
Artist Talk at 7:30pm 
 
ARTIST BIOS 
 

Jiaranai ApaipakBorn in Thailand, Jiaranai grew up in India, New Zealand, and the United States. She received her BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia before moving to Toronto, Ontario to work as an art teacher and manager of a small art school. She graduated with an MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2017. She lives in New York and works in Jersey City.

 

Nan Xu: Was born in Neimenggu in 1991. From 2013-2015, she studied at New York University and the New School. In 2017, she received her MFA at the New York Academy of Art and has exhibited in numerous New York galleries. Her work is focused on the imaginary landscape, using a traditional and modern way of expression, presenting large apocalyptic scenes. An example is Grand Sonata, describing natural disasters such as volcanos, floods and earthquakes showing the end of the world, hinting at what to expect from nature. Her work was also selected as a finalist of MC Gallery’s “Transformation” Art Competition.

 

ARTIST STATEMENTS 

 

Jiaranai ApaipakHappy Lonely Place is an ongoing series of paintings, the main subjects are creatures that are representational of me, but they are also genderless, kind of a universal alienation. They are a self-portrait of me in a particular mental state that is in the lonely, self-doubt, body issue and folds of fat kind of place. It touches on the contemporary female subject; it has nothing to do with the physical world but your mental state. They are not sexy; they are awkward. They have fat rolls, and there is no attempt to make them glamorous. I try to focus on displaying honest, exorcism of feelings sculpted into that form. Leeching out those emotions and concentrating them into that form. The swirls occupy an environment that is colorful, almost reminds me of melting milkshake. The emotions shown on the creature's faces reminds me of the feeling after you have drank too much milkshake or eaten a lot of sweets or food. To be in that space, you would believe there is a happy, smiling character because of the colors but it is not. It’s like being in New York City, you should be happy and excited, but you’re exhausted. I am also exploring how the environment we live in can make us feel isolated even when a lot of people surrounds us. The loner dreads their isolation until eventually that feeling of dread becomes joy and in their isolation they find solitude. A Happy Lonely Place is the feeling of loneliness that becomes like home.

 

Nan Xu: I am interested in painting the landscapes with city views and nature. I combine the sincere and vivid natural status of beings such as rocks and clouds with the discovery of the relationship between the seen world and the world inside myself. I use a combination of mix media, oil, pen and acrylics to create a language describing texture, space and light effects creating a romantic feeling of nature. My recent project is about communication of unknown energy between nature and humans which transformers my work into a magic-realistic world.

 
 
 
 
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