On Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, the Crow Collection of Asian Art will launch its newly dedicated gallery space LinkAsia, which will feature three rotating collections of contemporary Asian artists leading off with Ka Yeung: China Impermanent Beauty, Photography 1996-97. On view through May 16, the exhibition will showcase Dallas photographer Ka Yeung’s black-and-white prints of China that provide a contemporary global path to understanding Asia.
“LinkAsia is in response to our visitors’ passion for contemporary issues of Asia: the changing landscapes, technology, globalization and the impact on art and message,” said Amy Hofland, Director of the Crow Collection of Asian Art.
Born in Hong Kong in 1953, Yeung has built a body of personal work in the photography medium, which will be presented for the first time in the China Impermanent Beauty, Photography 1996-97 exhibition. During the past 30 years of his commercial photography career, he has continued to extend his personal vision to subjects that express his spiritual and poetic nature.
Yeung traveled to China in 1996 to specifically view the middle tributary of the Yangtze River before the Three Gorges Dam flooding permanently altered the geography of the area. For Yeung, it was both a significant example of China’s transformation and of change in the world. Although he did not intend to create a body of work that signified change, it transpired naturally.
“Travel is visiting the past and the future through the same window,” said Yeung referring to the artworks’ interpretation of China during a significant time.
Hofland and curator Caron Smith met Yeung and his wife Jan at Texas Collects Asia: Contemporary Art, an exhibition presented in 2008 at the Crow Collection. On a visit to their home, they learned of Ka’s personal work and invited him to participate in LinkAsia.
The power of the photography is in the documentation of the past and future. The scale of Yeung’s black and white prints (up to 44” x 44”) endeavor to bring the viewer to the forefront of his discoveries, providing a portal into a fading landscape, a city of contrasts, a layered garden wall crumbling, a bicycle parking area obsolete while still in use and other moments of transformation. The images hold the audience in the present and allow an initial reaction of tranquil beauty to dream, without a melancholy longing for faded beauty. Through Yeung’s eyes, the simplest of views and objects are the beauty of the moment.
Yeung began his photography career as a commercial advertising photographer after graduating from the Los Angeles Art Center in the 1970s. He has achieved national recognition for his product photography and has vast experience shooting food, jewelry, interiors and people. In his personal photography, Yeung strives to create an image that evokes power and resonates in a quiet, rhythmic way. His goal is to capture the living nature of a place.
Admission is free and open to the public. The Crow Collection of Asian Art is open Tuesdays – Thursdays (10 a.m. – 9 p.m.), Fridays – Sundays (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and closed on Mondays. For more information, please go to www.crowcollection.org or call 214-979-6430.
About The Crow Collection
The Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art is located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas. The Crow Collection is a permanent set of galleries dedicated to the arts and cultures of China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. The museum offers a serene setting for both quiet reflection and learning, which spans from the ancient to the contemporary.