Crystal Liu: i always meant to love you
In her seventh solo exhibition at Hosfelt Gallery, Crystal Liu presents five new series of works on paper. Using a limited palate of black, blue and gold, Liu weaves poignantly distilled narratives of life’s emotional landscape in a delicate balance between optimism and melancholy.
The protagonists in Liu’s tales are the basic elements of earth and sky: stars, moons, water, and flora. Water plays a key role throughout, as mirror, rain, tears – sometimes threatening, other times purifying and nourishing. Night is the setting for dreams and golden stars that symbolize hope. Trees bend under the weight of gilded burdens but they are survivors, rooted and steadfast. White chrysanthemums represent grieving and loss in Chinese culture; they populate many of the works, spread across fields or floating in a glittering cosmos.
Crystal Liu’s parents emigrated from China to Toronto, Canada, where she was born in 1980. Liu majored in photography at the Ontario College of Art & Design and received an MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2005. She resides in San Francisco.
Crystal Liuthe sky, 'smothered', 2015gouache and watercolor on paper30 x 30 inches
33 x 33 inches framed
Crystal Liuthe flowers,'it gets better', 2014gouache, ink, and watercolor on paper39 1/2 x 26 1/4 inches
Crystal Liuthe lake, 'in the blue', 2014gouache and ink on paper30 x 30 inches
33 x 33 framed
Crystal Liuthe moon, 'reciprocal', 2014watercolor, gouache, ink and gold leaf on paper15 x 15 inches
17 1/8 x 17 1/8 inches framed
Crystal Liuthe flowers,'when night falls', 2014Ink, gouache and watercolor on paper24 1/2 x 25 inches
30 x 30 inches framed
Crystal Liuthe lake, 'floating', 2015gouache and watercolor on paper30 x 30 inches
Crystal Liuthe stars, 'a wave of...', 2014gouache, ink, watercolour and gold leaf on paper(diptych); 22 x 22 inches (each)
framed: 25 x 25 inches (each