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Xuan Chen: Empty and Full

April 22–May 27

Gallery Reception: Saturday, May 14, 6:00–8:00 pm


Richard Levy Gallery is pleased to present Empty and Full, a selection of paintings and an installation by Albuquerque-based artist Xuan Chen. Empty and Full comprises three bodies of work with flowing color combinations, hard-edged patterns, and hybrid forms of painting and sculpture. These series of vivid abstract works show the crossover between new technologies of image making and traditional painterly practice.

Chen begins each process by constructing colorful 3D drawings on her computer. Based on digital drawings, Chen’s Light Threads paintings explore transparency and luminosity. These dimensional acrylic paintings made with bright embroidery threads capture and reflect light. Empty and Full is a series of paintings created by meticulously arranging strips of poured vinyl paint on wood panels. Her large-scale installation incorporates sewn fabrics, mylar film, felt, wood, and paint.

Born in Qingyang, China, Chen moved to the United States to complete a PhD in materials science and engineering at the University of California in Berkeley. She then received her MFA in studio art from the University of New Mexico. Chen has won the Miami University Young Painters Competition, the Reggie Gammon Memorial Award from the Harwood Art Center in Albuquerque, and a grant.

Hayley Rheagan: Pieces, Parts, Place
In the project room is Pieces, Parts, Place, a series of photographs by Hayley Rheagan, who plays with abstracting urban architecture by using the camera’s tendency to flatten space. With her keen eye for symmetry and color, Rheagan
transforms naturally found geometric patterns into vibrant compositions. Rheagan currently lives and works in New Mexico.

Images for this exhibition can be found on our website High-resolution images are available on request.
Dates: April 22 - May 27, 2016
First Friday Gallery Reception: May 14, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: 514 Central Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 Contact: 505.766.9888,

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About Invisible Children
Lately we have been hearing on the news about the plights of the Syrian refugees and the huge refugee influx to neighboring countries. However, not many people take the time to look at each of them as a person, an individual with an identity. When I was in Beirut in 2014, I was poignantly struck by the Syrian refugee children and teens standing at every other street corner begging for money, selling red roses or miscellaneous trinkets, or carrying beat-up shoe-shining equipment. They all said they were “working” and were being brought by the truckload every morning and expected to bring money back at the end of each day. People often walked or drove by them seemingly indifferent or just fed-up by what the influx of refugees has done to the country’s economy and resources.
As a mother, I was truly moved by the children and troubled by the fact that they had become almost faceless and invisible to the locals. These kids and teens seemed to blend with the graffiti on the walls in front of which they were standing. They are sadly only perceived by people and on the news as “the refugees”. The group identity seemed to define them more than their individual identity. I tried through my images to put an individual face to the invisible children, to give them their dignity and portray their individuality. - Rania Matar

About the Artist
Rania Matar was born and raised in Lebanon. She moved to the U.S. in 1984 to study architecture at Cornell University and later photography at New England School of Photography and Maine Photographic Workshops. Matar currently works full time on her personal photography projects and teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her images are in the permanent collections worldwide including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR, Worcester deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln MA among others.