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Undulating Landscape

2016/11/04 - 2016/11/26

A two-artist exhibition at The Research House for Asian Art (RHAA) featuring:

Neil Goodman http://neilgoodmansculpture.com

Jin Hua http://www.phoebejin.com

Curator: Xie Jiankun

Undulating Landscape /澹山水

November 4th – November 26th, 2016

Opening Reception

Friday, 6-9pm, November 4th, 2016
The Research House for Asian Art
3217 S. Morgan Street, Chicago IL 60608

Undulating Landscape is a two-artist exhibition that focuses on using subjective images, forms of symbolism that make visible the otherwise enigmatic relationship of the landscape. The echoes between images and sculptures are not simply in the manner in which information is synthesized but meld together making the installation almost indistinguishable.

Neil Goodman (°1953, United States) is an artist who mainly works with sculpture using metal to create abstract forms linked to a modernist lineage and evocative of the Midwestern industrial landscape. By choosing formal solutions, Goodman creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, the reflection of his environment as well as a visual link to it – the motifs the artist deploys make up a highly personal vocabulary based on representational still lives that come together in compositions that may prompt calligraphic and symbolic readings but actually are pure formal arrangements. They can be viewed to maximum effect not only from the front but also open a unique poetic vein luring the spectators round and round in circles. His works do not reference recognizable form but they communicate the viewer with pictographic method just as ancient Chinese characters. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted.


Neil Goodman currently lives and works in Chicago. He is currently Professor of Fine Arts at Indiana University Northwest and has established himself as one of the foremost sculptors working today. In the course of his career he has had more than 30 solo exhibitions, and his work has been reviewed in “Art Forum, Art in America, Art News, Sculpture Magazine,” as well as numerous other periodicals, catalogs, and books. He was included as one of the artists representing the “History of Art in Chicago, 1945-1995” at the new Museum of Contemporary Art inaugural exhibition. Goodman has created numerous public and private commissions, and his work is found in collections throughout the country.

Jin Hua (°1976, Canada) makes photos, installations and mixed media artworks. She has been exploring the nature and landscape with the relationship of oriental aesthetics and philosophy in her work. She is interested in a world view that embraces transience: of time, of material things, and the ultimate emptiness that awaits. Her works appear as dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet, well-known tropes merge, meanings shift, past and present fuse. In her recent visual-contemplating work Don’t Look, You Will See, Jin’s development as an artist is an existential journey, a journey from redemption to revival. Through the medium of photography, Jin inquires into loss, trauma and fundamental questions about the nature of life, death as well as the reality. By replaying the work for each exhibition and pushing the evocative power of the work a little further, Hua wants to amplify the astonishment of the spectator by creating compositions or settings that generate tranquil poetic images that leave traces and balances on the edge of recognition and alienation.


Jin Hua currently lives and works in Montreal. She is the recipient of the Mayor’s (Vancouver) 2012 Emerging Visual Artist Award Vancouver Art; the winner of Canadian SnapStar photo competition, the winner of TOP20 Chinese Contemporary Photographer Award (2011) and the First-place winner in the Canon Photography Awards (2012). Jin received the Joseph-Amand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canada and Concordia University International Mobility Award. Jin’s works are included in many publications and private collections including the public collection of Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai (MOCA).

In this exhibition multilayered images and multi-circle sculptures arise in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned. By exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way and a poetic and often metaphorical image language I try to develop the presentation that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer to make new personal associations and to establish a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its conceiver.

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