July 25, 2024


Art Shines Through

Roski Senior launched solo exhibition, ‘Body and Soul’

Brian Xu standing next to a two abstract sculptures of human heads.
Roski multimedia artist Brian Xu shocked viewers with his attention-grabbing and assumed provoking creations for the duration of his recent exhibition, “Body and Soul.” (Photo courtesy of Brian Xu)

Black and white lengthy exposure photos, various kinds of sculptures, clothes and a painting lined the walls of Brian Xu’s first solo exhibition, “Body and Soul.” The exhibition experienced its opening reception at the Helen Lindhurst Gallery at Watt Hall on Feb. 2 and was on watch at the gallery until finally Wednesday. The significant-excellent archival prints staying exhibited can be procured just after the exhibit.

Hailing from an oceanside town 50 % Moon Bay, Xu, a senior majoring in great arts, has constantly had an interest in art. 

“I guess I have often been doing art in some senses, even when I was younger. I began receiving much more critical about it in substantial faculty and ended up heading to college finding out [fine arts],” Xu said. 

Prior to launching his first solo exhibition at USC, Xu experienced a pop-up exhibition at a little restaurant in his hometown. “Body and Soul” embodies the multimedium concepts which Xu experimented with to examine and create in college. 

Hanging on the gallery walls had been Xu’s photographic functions, capturing the motion of products in specifically developed clothes.

The prolonged publicity strategies blurred the distinct outlines of the human bodies, producing a formless still dynamic visible experience for the viewers. Xu mentioned that the special portion of the show is the abstraction of the human entire body. 

“Some of the shapes that you see — these long publicity silhouettes — these are in fact the identical human beings,” Xu claimed. “[By incorporating] garments and far more time and far more actions into them, they practically get on a sort of alien form or an alien shape.”

Xu stated that he arrived up with the concept of his exhibition simply because he sees the soul as the intangible part of each and every personal. The physique, on the other hand, is the pathway as a result of which men and women see their souls. The human system, in conjunction with time and motion, permits people today to see the wisps of part of their identities.

“Every particular person has a exclusive way of shifting,” Xu claimed. “Most of the time, these subtle differences go missed or unnoticed … To faucet into the entire body as a substance of artwork assists men and women to tap into the rudimentary essence of humanity.”

Apart from becoming a skillful photographer, Xu is also an exceptional painter, sculptor and garment designer and included various varieties of media to convey his views on “Body and Soul.” These creations, along with the photographic is effective, brought inspiring and impressive activities for the audience. 

Isaiah Reyes, a sophomore majoring in utilized and computational arithmetic, served as a product for the images. Models wore clothes with “black bean bags” sewn onto them, which he rapidly understood aided the visual distortions of the figures in the images.  

“Looking at the images of how they are all distorted signifies the separation from physique and soul, and how the soul signifies the more distorted pics in the system,” Reyes reported. “How the lines are blurred involving overall body and soul was a pretty intriguing notion that I received from it.” 

The collaboration of the garment and very long exposure photography also brought an unforeseen visible magnificence to the viewers. Each garment was intricate and automatically different for Xu. 

“They had been form of encouraged by the blobs, like a form of psychological trauma in a sense,” Xu said. “I required to see how the human body can be weighed down by these malignant blobs that can plague us.”

Chika Ojukwu, a sophomore majoring in cognitive science, attended the exhibition following looking at flyers on campus. Ojukwu also expressed her fascination with the garments and the portray that Xu produced. 

“Something that I have under no circumstances viewed in an exhibition in advance of was how he handled costumes from the ceilings,” Ojukwu mentioned. “It was so amazing to see the distinction among the lifeless clothes them selves when compared to the photos.” 

An additional piece that still left a deep perception on Ojukwu was Xu’s flesh and bone portray, with a dim blue backdrop and dazzling shades. Ojukwu mentioned she relished seeing the shades and distinction concerning the hardlines of the bone and the flesh and the contrast concerning the portray and the black and white pics.

The exhibition gave Ojukwu an introspective experience and drew a link in between what she sees and how she feels about herself. 

“Through going by means of this exhibition … the white partitions, the silence of the more substantial space and like everything’s at reverse ends, it just sort of felt like I was in this huge area in which I experienced the sort of room to basically consider about my have body and soul,” she stated.

Xu’s distinctive perspective and creation of multimedium arts have drawn appreciation from his audience. Xu attributed his interdisciplinary point of view to his yrs of review at the Roski School of Art and Structure. 

“There is not a precise aim on 1 medium that you have to master all over your entire, you know, [throughout] the program of time,” Xu claimed. “I feel that the interdisciplinary method of Roski has assisted establish a one of a kind sense of creativity.”

Xu mentioned he intends to proceed creating artwork and showcasing his function in further exhibitions in the long run.  

“I guess 1 concept that I have is I want to proceed developing off of these silhouettes, shapes and varieties that are formed from lengthy exposure actions,” Xu explained. “Thinking about the various mediums, the two actual physical and electronic, that the very long publicity infused human captures can acquire could be interesting as even further progress.”