Charlene Liu’s new body of work brings an evolution in her methods of collage and printmaking, creating a world of pattern and form that draws from objects of memory. Photographing patterns and textiles recovered from her mother’s restaurant, Liu’s digital processing and hand-printed CMYK translations contain rich pigments and playful forms. Larger panels use hand-marbled paper that mirrors the multiplicity and variability displayed within Liu’s masterful printmaking. These works embody a joyful side of acculturation— presenting the adaptation and merging of intergenerational heritage with the multitude of potentials contained in materiality and form.
For her works on paper, Charlene Liu combines watercolor painting, collage, pen and ink, mechanical processes, and printmaking techniques to convey a state of suspended transition. An Associate Professor and Printmaking Coordinator at the University of Oregon, Charlene Liu received her BA from Brandeis University in 1997, and her MFA from Columbia University in 2003. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Art (Cleveland, OH), Taylor De Cordoba (Los Angeles, CA), and Andrea Rosen Gallery (New York, NY). Formerly based in New York, Liu currently lives in Eugene, OR. This exhibition coincides with the 44th Annual Southern Graphics Council International Conference held for the first time in Portland, OR in 2016.