Cheryl McGinnis Gallery
Gallery Artists Hu Bing
Hu Bing’s life is characterized by a search for artistic freedom. Growing up in Shanghai with her parents and brother who were firm members of the Communist Party, Hu Bing struggled to cope with the differences between her family’s political views and her own. Although she has a loving relationship with her family, the artist did not adhere to her parents’ wish to become a political colleague. Aggravated by the excessive political atmosphere and strict constraints placed on her artistic expression, Hu Bing found herself taking solace in Western theories. She enrolled in what was referred to as “Western bourgeoisie art classes” to oppose Chinese socialist ideology. Although her understanding of Western art was initially superficial, she enjoyed the freedom of creative expression that the West permitted. Hu Bing graduated from Shanghai University in 1986, and immediately began looking outside of China to where she studied for two years. In 1998 she received a merit scholarship from the Art Students League of New York, where she studied for tow years. In 1993, she enrolled at the State University of New York at Purchase, and obtained her MFA in 1995. She has received prestigious awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Hu Bing’s work utilizes a wide variety of everyday materials, including bottles, clothing, chairs, and broken glass, presenting them in a way that alters their traditional function. The artist’s work comments on issues facing contemporary society, and her experiences in the United States. She says that light is a significant component of the work, as it becomes a living entity with unique expressive qualities. Broken windshields that she often uses in sculptural installations such as Resting Chair, are reminders of the smashed cars that she used to see traveling to and from her apartment in Brooklyn. Her piece entitled Pregnancy and Abortion reflects her concern as a woman and as an observer of this controversial issue, which is so intensely debated in the United States. Clearly the culture of consumerism and “everything disposable” contrasts the world Hu Bing grew up in. Hu Bing now teaches at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and lives in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Hu Bing statement I just love to play with transparent and translucent materials. They are at once wet and clear, mushy and smoky, fragile and dangerous. By demanding limited space, glass bottles themselves become water dropping in different directions. Those endless lines and bending curves made of glass cracks. I find that my new work has become less conceptual and more about personal story, as well as painterly, and informed by drawing and landscape. The other reason I am drawn to glass and ice images may have something to do with my own name. Because I was born on Christmas day, my parents wished me pure and transparent like a piece of ice, so they named me “Bing” which means “ice” in Chinese. I wish to be one or two of those drops of water from melting ice, and later could be returned to the river or the sea. EDUCATION 1993-1995 MFA. State University of New York at Purchase, NY 1988-1990 Art Student League, NYC (with merit scholarship) 1993-1983 BA Shanghai Teachers” University, Shanghai, P.R. CHINA TEACHING EXPERIENCE 2005-2007 Fashion Institute of Technology New York NY 2003-2006 Essex County College New Jersey 1996-2007 Studio in a School, 410 West 59th Street, New York, NY10019 1994 Art Education Program at Asian American Art Center, NYC 1995 Chinese Art Festival. Metropolitan Art Museum, Education Department, NYC 1993-1994 Teaching Assistant, Sculpture Foundation Class, State University of New York at Purchase 1996 None Major sculpture program, State University of New York at Purchase 1983-1986 Instructor, Hue Shan Art vocational School, Shanghai, P,R,CHINA AWARDS 2000 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. 1997 The Joan Mitchell Foundation, Inc. 1996 Commissioned to investigate sites in New York City and propose a temporary public art project by the Public Art Fund 1996 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. 1993-1995 Awards MFA Scholarship, SUNY Purchase 1989-1990 Merit Scholarship, Art Student League 1989 Nessa Cohen Memorial Foundation, New York SOLO EXHIBITIONS 1998 “Scattered Petals, Fallen Leaves, Shards of Glass: The Work of Bing Hu”, Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY 1996 “Open House Exhibition”, 111 Fourth Avenue, NY 1995 “Bing Hu Recent Works”. Chinese American Arts Council, Gallery 456, NY 1985 “Works of Bing Hu”, Master Gallery, Fu-dan University, Shanghai, P.R. China EXHIBITIONS (Selected) 2007 “Translucent, Transparent, Transported” Cheryl McGinnis Gallery 2006 “East Transplanted West” CAS Gallery, Kean University, New Jersey 2006 “Between Two Worlds”, Flushing Council and the Arts NY 2001 Select Artists & an Exhibition at ABC’s Ney York 1999 Cross-cultural Voices II: Between Memories, Asian American Art Center & the Korea Society in collaboration 
 with Stephen Gang Gallery, NY 1999 America in Immigrant Hands, Jamaica Art Center 1998 Global Roots: Chinese Artists working in New York, Purdue University Galleries, Indiana 1998 Asian American Artists Cross-Cultural Voices, Staller Center for the Brook Arts, University at Stony Brook.NY 1998 “Half Sky” Contemporary Chinese Women Artists, Frauen Museum, Szenarien aus kunst und Geschichte, 
 Boon, Germany 1998 “Glass House” Neuberger Museum of Art 1997 “Against the Tide” The Bronx Museum of Art 1997 “The Asian Artist in America”, Omni Gallery, Uniondale, NY 1996 “Incertitude” Eighth Floor Gallery, 473 Broadway, NY 1996 “People in Glass House” Robert Lehmen Gallery, Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY 1996 “Outside-in perceptions of the found object”, Longwood Art Gallery, NY 1995 “Triennale Kleinplastik, Europe-Ostasien.” Stuttgart, Germany 1995 “Women’s View“, World Bank at Washington, DC 1995 “Neighborhood” Jamaica Art Center, NY 1995 “Way Cool” Exit Art, NY 1995 “Carriage House Project” Islip Art Museum, NY 1995 Group Show, Pseudo Museum, NY, 1995 “Conversation Pieces: Innovations”, Madelyn Gallery, NY 1992 “Four Artists from China” American Museum of Natural History, NY 1991 “Nine Artists from China” Asian American Arts center, NY 1990 “China, June 4, 1989-An Art Exhibition”, PS1 Museum, NY 1989 “China, June 4”, Blum Helman Warehouse, NY SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY 2007 Art and Times Magazine Translucent, Transparent, Transported-The work of three Chinese Artists at the 
 Cheryl McGinnis Gallery is Not Lost in Translation by Sara Evans. April, 2007 2007 The Village Voice Best in Show by R.C. Baker, April 17th, 2007 1998 The New York Times Work That Elevates What’s Found at the Feet, March 1 1998 The New York Times an Exhibition That Equates Craftsmanship with Artistry by Vivien Raynor, Sept. 6 1998 The Advocate & Greenwich Time Glass House by Linda Matys O’Connell, Sunday July 26 1998 World Journal Bing Hu’s Conception Art 1998 Journal and Courier “Breaking Tradition – a global out look” 1998 “MS” Magazine: Inside Cover Story, March 1996 Glass Magazine “People in Glass house” by Alison Sky, July 1996 Asian Pacific News Exhibition review by Jonathan Goodman, P.57 Feb. 1995 The Jakarta Post “Artistic Reflections of Woman’s View” by Cebe Tadjoedin 1995 Newsday’s “Turning hate into a Work of Art”, by Tina Morales, Oct. 13, P.A.37 1995 The New York Times “Projects at the Carriage House”, by Helen A. Harrison 1995 World Journal “Neighborhood”, by Lu Xiao Qin, Oct. 7 1995 Newsday’s “On a Grand Scale” by Karin Lipson 1994 New York Observer Captivating Zoo of Art, To be Young, 3-D and Way Cool” by Grace Glueck 1994 China Press “Hu Bing’s Installation” 1994 Documentation of Chinese contemporary Art “Artist Studio” Sept. P.R. China 1994 Jiangsu Pictoral Art Monthly “Over Sea Artists” P.7 Jan. P.R.China 1993 Art News “Emigre’ Artists: Rocky Landings” by Coral Lutfy, Nov. 1991 China Avant-garde Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany 1991 Emigrant Artists from China Catalogue, Baruch College 1990 Daily News August, NY

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