Opening Thursday: Christina Tsui's "Moon Rock Stone Skip" @ T.F.R., San Diego

February 06, 2013
Opening this Thursday evening at 6 pm in San Diego is a great show by the young, emerging LA-based artist Christina Tsui. Be sure to swing by and check out her new drawings at the reception.

From T.F.R. Gallery:

T.F.R. Gallery is proud to present Moon Rock Stone Skip, a solo-exhibition featuring new drawings and photography by Los Angeles-based artist Christina Tsui curated by Max Karnig.

The drawings depict various skipping stones floating in negative space. The stones are first rendered by the artist in clay and then re-imagined into the drawn space of the paper employing ideas on anthropocentrism, romanticization of landscape, and nostalgic associations of boyhood engagement with wilderness. The act of skipping stones often conjures up a particular construct of interaction with the landscape. Whether in popular films or in our own personal memories, the gesture arouses both a sense of escape and comfort. The image of the moon that appears in a photographic print too posses a certain weight, trajectory, and sense of an unattainable ideal. In her own words, Tsui describes her work as exploring “moments that complicate and confirm humans' desire and loss in our abusive love-hate relationship with ‘wilderness’. “ This underlying tension in Tsui’s work is reflected in cultural ephemera ranging from Boy Scout handbooks to movies like Into the Wild.

The original clay sculptures within the drawings are hidden from the viewer, functioning as fetish objects created with a desire to materialize an aura, experience, or sentiment, but absent of some sculptural quality that the drawing grants. The objects submit to a medium that denies and confuses its own past, present, and future, allowing for the re-imagining of such markers.

Tsui’s most recent notable exhibitions include the Third Annual Queer Pile-Up! (2012) ForYourArt, Los Angeles, Home is Where the Art Is (2012), Hellion Gallery, San Diego, and I’ll Flip You on the Seaside (2011), Double Break, San Diego. She graduated from UCSD with a BA in Studio Art in 2012 and is 23-years-old working out of Los Angeles, California.


Moon Rock Stone Skip

Opening Reception Thursday, February 7th, 6-9 pm
Exhibition runs until February 24th


T.F.R. Gallery
1026 North Coast Highway 101
Leucadia, CA