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Eden: Ceramics by Sin-Ying Ho

WHERE: Queens College Art Center (part of the Selma and Max Kupferberg Center for the Arts)
Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, Level Six
Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY 11367
Curated by Tara Mathison, assistant curator of the Queens College Art Center
WHEN: Wednesday, September 8 - Tuesday, October 26, 2010
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FLUSHING, NY, August 27, 2010 – Technology and economic globalization bring together people of many nationalities and cultures. Their intersection is the subject of the next exhibit at the Queens College Art Center: Eden, Ceramics by Sin-ying Ho.

A Hong Kong-Chinese living in North America, the artist personifies globalization, and her one-woman show—one of many events presented in conjunction with Queens College’s “Year of China”—draws on her cross-cultural experience. Working with a traditional Asian material, porcelain, and reflecting on human behavior through the prism of the contemporary

worldwide economic crisis, she created a group of 6- to 7-foot vessels that allude, obliquely, to the human form and its Renaissance depictions. Then she covered the porcelain with hand-painted traditional Chinese flowers and digital transfer prints of business symbols, such as corporate logos and stock market index charts. The result is a powerful visual metaphor for the relationship between nature and the changing man-made world. Eden stands for “the search for paradise, a mythical place of bliss, delight and contentment, a place for reflection, meditation, and a safe haven from earthly delights,” explains Ho, assistant professor of ceramics at Queens College.

Transformation: Motherboard
, porcelain, 2009

The exhibition also includes a group of slightly older ceramic sculptures from the series Meeting Places: From Collision Course to Meeting Places, which Ho made by cutting and pasting wheel-thrown vessels. “The process of construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction of the painted hybrid porcelain vessels transforms familiar forms into unfamiliar and unidentified sculptures,” says Ho. “This illustrated the intersection of cultures—East and West, old and new.”

Ho, who lives in Flushing, Queens, holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and an MFA from Louisiana State University. As an undergraduate she studied at the prestigious Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute in China, mastering the traditional techniques of making porcelain in the place where it was born. Now she is internationally celebrated for a distinctive oeuvre that combines ancient methods and materials and a contemporary sensibility. Her artworks are known for their classical forms and for manipulation that results in new forms reminiscent of cubism and abstract expressionism, charged with powerful intellect.

Before joining the faculty of Queens College, Ho taught
at Southeastern Louisiana State University in Hammond; Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver; Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary; and Concordia University in Montreal, Québec. She has exhibited widely, participating in four to eight group shows in each of the last five years, as well as presenting recent solo exhibitions in Toronto, Montreal, and Pittsburgh. Her work is in the permanent collections of museums in Canada and Asia. Her piece Music serves as the cover image of the book Utopic Impulses: Contemporary Ceramics Practice, edited by Amy Gogarty, Mireille Perron and Ruth Chambers (Vancouver, BC, Ronsdale Press 2007).

Eden: Ceramics by Sin-ying Ho is co-sponsored by the Queens College Art Department, PSC-CUNY Research Foundation, Queens Council on the Arts (funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Queens Council on the Arts), and Coptor Productions.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. Images, as well as biographical and sales information, are available upon request. For information on additional events to be scheduled, please visit

Visitors to Eden: Ceramics by Sin-ying Ho may also want to see Marlene Tseng Yu: Nature and Cosmos, 1966-2010 (September 13–November 24) at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum on campus.

For directions to Queens College, please visit For a campus map, go to (Rosenthal Library/Art Center).

Eden is co-sponsored by the Queens College Art Department, PSC-CUNY Research Foundation, Queens Council on the Arts, and Coptor oductions. The exhibition is part of Queens College’s “Year of China” programming.

The Queens College Art Center, founded in 1987, succeeds the Queens College Art Library Gallery established in 1960. In more than 200 exhibitions to date, the Art Center has shown masters like Alice Neel, Joseph Cornell, and Elizabeth Catlett, and introduced scores of artists from around the globe. Focusing on modern and contemporary programming expressive of the best art of our time, this display space presents the works of emerging and established artists in diverse media. Art Center exhibitions support the educational and cultural objectives of Queens College. The shared goal of the Queens College Art Center and of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College is to provide the means for participating in and upholding a democratic society through learning, adaptation, and critical thinking.












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