Mapping Memories brings together the work of installation artists Beili Liu and Takafumi Ide.
Born in China and now living and working in Austin, TX, Liu depends heavily on her connection to the materials she uses to create time- and process-based installations that address transience, fragility, and time lapse. Her media varies from everyday materials such as salt, water, needles and thread, to digitally processed images, video and sound. The resulting work forms from sweeping cultural legends and traditions, to personal family memories.
Using Japanese aesthetics, Ide, based in Brooklyn, NY, utilizes fragility and transitory qualities of impermanence to convey ephemeral human life and its beauty. Although sound is essential to his work, he employs several of the viewers’ senses. Like Liu, his media ranges from common and basic materials (sand, water, branches), to the technologically advanced. Ide’s creations are also born of memories.
Simultaneously personal and universal, Liu and Ide’s complex installation works engage both physically and psychologically.
Runs Tuesday, December 8, 2009, through Sunday, February 21, 2010