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West Long Branch, N.J. - Monmouth University’s Center for the Arts’ exhibition, “Hon Eui Chen: After the Sun, ” will be on display through March 7 in DiMattio Gallery, Rechnitz Hall. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A lecture by artist Hon Eui Chen will be held on Thursday, January 29, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall Auditorium, followed by the opening reception in the gallery.

 

Chen explores the poetics of intimate spaces and the idea of home in his paintings and installations. Born in a refugee camp that lies between Cambodia and Thailand, he moved with his family to Mississippi at the age of 6. 

Chen explains: “Growing up, the sense of belonging and not belonging to the Southern culture of Mississippi affected my sense of identity. The memories of my childhood on the Thai-Cambodia border became just a faint beacon of light as the years go by; the need to remember, to retrieve those childhood memories of a past life remains a constant act in my work.” 

In his installations, Chen makes objects that convey themes of identity, memory and longing to transform and activate a room. He uses acrylic paint, varnishes, resin, plaster and photographs in his work. The concept of travel and memory are embedded in the current series of mixed media paintings—layered earthy, dark colored background with graphite drawn trees and foliage and an overlay of concrete. 

“My work seeks to simulate the impermanence of memory, the fleeting-ness of its existence in mixed media installations, creating structures that translate the mind’s formless but living past into physical material and sensation and transforming space that poetically simulates a timeless place for recollection and dreams,” said Chen.

For more information, visit www.honeuichen.com.

Exhibit:                                   Hon Eui Chen: After the Sun

When:                                    January 20 - March 7, 2015

Where:                                   Rechnitz Hall, DiMattio Gallery, Monmouth University, 400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, N.J.

Lecture:                                  Thursday, January 29, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Wilson Hall Auditorium 
Opening Reception:            Thursday, January 29, 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Cost:                                       Free and open to the public.