UofL art department Chair Ying Kit Chan to show work at the Patio Gallery
The Jewish Community Center’s Patio Gallery presents, “10,000 Thoughts” by Ying Kit Chan Aug. 30-Oct. 7. Chan is a professor and Chair of the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Louisville and uses ecology and philosophy in his works.
His show consists of small sketches and photographic prints embedded with philosophical contemplations of the current state of global environmental conditions. He continues to explore the theme of deep ecology, an ecocentric rather than anthropocentric worldview, which emphasizes interconnectedness and harmony of the universe. “In addition to the deep ecology philosophy, the work interprets Taoist and Buddhist thoughts, as well as Jewish ideas of nature, rain, tree, soil and the Sabbath,” Chan said.
“Ying Kit Chan was selected to exhibit at the Patio Gallery because of the deep thought behind the work, and the grace and sensitivity of his mark making which offers the viewer an unique contemplative opportunity,” said Bette Levy, Patio Gallery director.
In the 1970s, Chan studied art in several colleges in Hong Kong including Hong Kong Baptist College, Hong Kong Polytechnic and Hong Kong Buddhist College. In 1979, Chan continued his study in the United States and received his BFA from the University of Oklahoma (1981) and MFA from the University of Cincinnati (1983). Since 2003, he has been attending the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee (Switzerland) and Paris, and has taken seminars with some of the world’s most visionary thinkers including the late Jacques Derrida and Jean Baudrillard. He has shown his work all over the world.
At U of L, Chan is also an affiliate faculty of the Asian Studies program, the Social Change program and the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, the Center for Asian Democracy as well as a member of the Humanities PhD Program Steering Committee.
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