Shadow + Sunlight

Midori Hirose, “Black Rainbow”, 2010 gouache and Flashe on archival paper 6.25” x 5.25”

Venue: The EAST/WEST Project BERLIN
Artists: Midori Hirose, Chloé Richard, Per Schumann + Elina Tuhkanen
Dates: April 30 - May 29, 2010
Opening Reception : Friday, April 30, 2010 at 7pm - 10pm

For “Shadow + Sunlight” the EAST/WEST Project presents a Berlin/West Coast Spectacular of work by a new generation of artists raised in a world colored by counter-cultural ideals of the 60’s and esoteric, transcendental visuals from the American Symbolist and Visionary artistic movements of the early 20th century. Encompassing painting, photography, sculpture and drawing, it is an exhibition of moments where micro-emotional experiences open the door
to a new and infinite sense of self in the world; a walk through the city becomes a cartographic mandala charting intimate epiphanies, hypercolor crystals trap the suggestion of a sacred geometry, tiny hillsides sprout on the backs of gnarled mushrooms and young men and women commune with one another in a woodland utopia.
Midori Hirose (Portland, Oregon) Hirose’s collages of bright crystalline gradients are a joyful examination of figurative representation and abstraction. With a rainbow palette and painterly hand, her deliberate arrangements of crisp and reasoned polygons move beyond strict minimalist confines and recall the shapes and colors of natural crystals with esoteric and mystic
Chloé Richard (Portland, Oregon/Berlin, Germany) Richard’s photography documents the lives of a young generation. The “Bagby Hot Springs Series” marks a shift from the landscape of an urban daily life to the verdant woods of the Northwestern United States. Here, suffused with lush sunlight, she captures intimate portraits of reflection and contemplation.
Per Schumann (Hamburg, Germany) In the "Daily Kraut" drawing series Schumman turns his daily walks into illustrated maps charting his thoughts and encounters he has along the way. Brightly colored and filled with a deep appreciation for nature, they are an intimate reflection on how through a simple physical interaction everyday environments can be an ever-changing
discovery of self and place.
Elina Tuhkanen (Portland, Oregon/Finland) In the “The Kääpä Collection” Tuhkanen collects her memories of walking through forests and fields and her sense of curiosity on finding furrows and holes, dark places full of secrets and questions. Using mushrooms gathered from fallen trees in old growth forests as her canvas she isolates those moments of discovery by creating
intimately scaled landscapes of her own.
The EAST/WEST Project is a 501(c)3 international exhibition program founded by Dam, Stuhltrager (EAST) and galleryHOMELAND (WEST). Previously located in Alexanderplatz, The EAST/WEST Project moved in January 2010 to an incredible, doubled-in-size, new space next to the Berliner Unterwelten on Fichtestraße!

Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 12:00 - 18:00 or by appointment
Contact: The EAST/WEST Project, Fichtestrasse 3, Berlin, Germany -
Directions: U7 to Sudstern. (Two blocks from station.)