Acton – The Contemporary Arts International (CAI) has announced the Sunday, Nov. 4 opening of? “Woody Woody,” a gallery show featuring multi-media artist Chang Yu-Chia, the CAI's current artist-in-residence who is sponsored by Taiwan's Ministry of Culture.
Chang's oil paintings on wood will be on displayed through Nov. 30, 2012. An opening reception will be held Nov. 4, from 1 to 4 p.m., with an artist's talk at 2:30 p.m. Chang, also a guitarist, songwriter and singer in the Taiwan-based band “Bike,” will perform his music during the reception.
Chang, 29, an accomplished artist who holds undergraduate and master's degrees in art from the National Changhua University of Education, has had solo and group exhibitions in Taipei and Taichung, Taiwan. His past work has featured detailed drawings and paintings of human and animal-like figures.
During his CAI residency under the tutelage of CAI sculptors, Yin Peet, founder and director, and Viktor Lois, artistic director, Chang has been painting and carving wood, interacting with other artists, and experiencing local culture at the CAI's site in Acton MA and beyond.
“Woody Woody” features about 20 paintings on discarded pieces of pine that Chang found at construction sites near the CAI. According to Chang, his current subjects reflect his everyday life in Acton.
Chang who lives in the city in Taiwan, has been inspired by nature.
“I am closer to nature here in Acton, and that has led me to move away from high technology and use more simpler methods to express my feelings,” he said.
Contemporary Arts International is a non-profit located in a 12.9-acre quarry in Acton. The mission of CAI is to promote the understanding and appreciation of contemporary arts through art education, exhibition, and international symposium. During the summer and fall, CAI holds an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. every first Sunday of the month. For more information, visit the CAI's website at www.contemporaryartsinternational.org.