Resonance

Press Release

May 17, 2021 (Palo Alto, CA) - Qualia Contemporary Art is pleased to present Resonance, a group exhibition curated by Xiaoze Xie and featuring works by Terry Berlier, Paul DeMarinis, Guillermo Galindo, and HU Xiangcheng, which demonstrate the connection between sight and sound in contemporary art. The exhibition explores the transformative relationship between visuals and audio, sparking new meanings that reverberate between and beyond each work. Resonance is open to the public from June 3 through July 30, 2021 with a Zoom opening celebration hosted on June 12, at 7:30 pm PST. To RSVP, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/154772636121


Resonance comprises an innovative and provocative array of pieces spanning mixed-media  installation, sculpture, works on paper, and video. Many works also contain performance and time-based elements. Though each artist embodies a distinct aesthetic and approach, when brought together, their works produce new harmonies and dissonances that build on one another. The exhibition title borrows a term from music to describe both the prominence of audio in the show as well as the evocative emotional echo that the art creates. “Resonance” also alludes to the ways in which the works reflect questions about today’s most pressing social and environmental concerns. 


For example, Terry Berlier’s kinetic, sound-based sculptures and installations investigate the evolution of human connections with queerness and ecologies. Her contorted shapes unfold organically, raising questions of orientation and offering alternative modes of inhabiting four dimensional space. She collaborates with engineers, composers, musicians, architects, and natural scientists as part of her practice.


Guillermo Galindo’s multidisciplinary works incorporate the visual markings of musical scores to evoke issues of colonization, immigration, borders, and power. His “genome scores” combine sonic markings with abstract visuals of plants, animals, and microbes, while his flag series repurposes distressed flags from the Calexico border by printing them with graphic lines and shapes. 


HU Xiangcheng’s abstract expressive practice engages with Chinese history and culture, with a focus on China’s rapid urbanization in recent decades. Working with traditional ornamental architectural elements, he both evokes and preserves the symbolic echoes of those materials in the present. 


Paul DeMarinis experiments directly with the material technology of sound, crafting a striking combination of synthetic noises that plumb the possibilities of the form. Often using outmoded technologies of sound and communication, his re-engineered analog contraptions explore the relationship between the material functionality of a device and its meaning. 


Sound Art gained traction among the futurists, Dadaists, and surrealists of the early 20th century and has continued to expand and evolve as an important facet within contemporary art to this day. Over the last decade, the genre has gained prominence as the subject of a few major exhibitions, but still remains a relatively rare feature within art spaces. Exposure emphasizes this novelty by foregrounding sound within the gallery. The four distinctive artists integrate elements of sound into their practices in inventive and provocative ways, demonstrating the flexibility and potential of audio within visual art, and resulting in works that blur the boundaries between mediums. Viewed together in this exhibition, the works will provide an opportunity for viewers to expand their sensory experience of art and their understanding of how art resonates with cultural, social, and environmental issues of our time.

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About the Artists


Terry Berlier

Terry Berlier is an interdisciplinary artist who investigates the evolution of human interaction with queerness and ecologies. She has exhibited in solo and group shows in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia including at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, Contemporary Art and Spirits in Osaka, Japan, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Stanford Art Gallery. She has received numerous residencies and grants including the Center for Cultural Innovation Grant, the Zellerbach Foundation, and the Arts Council Silicon Valley Artist Fellowship. 


Paul DeMarinis

Paul DeMarinis has been making noises with wires, batteries and household appliances since the age of four. His works combine interactive software, synthetic speech and noise with obsolete or impossible media. He has exhibited and performed throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. 


Guillermo Galindo

The extent of the work of experimental composer, sonic architect, performance artist and visual media artist Guillermo Galindo, redefines the conventional limits between music, the art of music composition and the intersections between art disciplines, politics, humanitarian issues, spirituality and social awareness.


His acoustic compositions include major chamber and solo works, two symphonies commissioned by the UNAM (Mexico university symphony orchestra), the Oakland Symphony Orchestra and choir, and two operas with libretto by Guillermo Gomez Peña and Anne Carson. Galindo’s graphic scores and three-dimensional sculptural cyber-totemic sonic objects have been shown at major museums and art biennials in America, Europe, Asia including (amongst others) documenta14 in Kassel (2017), Pacific Standard Time (2017), FIAC (2018) and Art Basel (2018-19).


HU Xiangcheng

HU Xiangcheng (1950) was born, lives and works in Shanghai.  He graduated from the Shanghai Theatre Academy in 1977 and became the youngest professor in the art department.  Inspired by his studies and life experiences in Japan and Africa, HU Xiangcheng returned to China in 2002 to begin his work to improve the lives of rural residents. Through hands-on renovation of ancient Chinese villages, HU Xiangcheng aspires to simultaneously revive ancient Chinese culture and traditional practices. This led to his participation in the Megacities exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2016 and lectures at Harvard University.  HU Xiangcheng continues to pursue his passion renovating old structures and villages while also continuing to paint, envision and execute large installations and direct performance arts.  Recently, he has begun to incorporate more natural and recycled materials into his works.


In 1996, HU Xiangcheng was one of the founders of the now world-renowned Shanghai Biennale. His artworks have been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibitions in China, Japan, France and the US and have been collected by many museums and institutions in China, Japan, France, Australia and the United States. 


About the Curator

Xiaoze Xie is an internationally recognized artist and the Paul L. & Phyllis Wattis Professor of Art at Stanford University. Xie has exhibited extensively in the US and internationally, his recent solo exhibitions include “Objects of Evidence” at the Asia Society Museum in New York City (2019-20) and “Eyes On” at the Denver Art Museum (2017-18). His work is in the permanent collection of such institutions as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Denver Art Museum, San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the Oakland Museum of California. Xie received the Painters and Sculptors Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation (2013) and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2003). 

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Terry Berlier

Nonorientable (Abyssal Plain)

2019

Maple, Cherry, Inkjet print on cotton, Muslin, Pillow

55”x 36” x 26”

Terry Berlier

Nonorientable (Kokedera)

2019

Maple, Cherry, Inkjet print on cotton, Muslin, Pillow

55”x 36”x 26”

Terry Berlier

Nonorientable (Lichen)

2020

Poplar, Walnut, Inkjet print on cotton, Pillow

54”x 48”x 33”

Terry Berlier

Nonorientable (Salt Flats)

2020

Walnut, Maple, Inkjet print on cotton, Pillow

52”x 50”x 32”

Terry Berlier

Percussion Ball

2010

Wood, vacuum cleaner tubing, bungee cords

28”x 28”x 28”

Terry Berlier

Pan Lid Gamelan II

2010

Pan lids, threaded rod, grommets, nuts, steel

54”x 14”x 14”

Terry Berlier

Where the Beginning Meets The End

2012

88 Piano keys, apple laptop, computer keyboard microcontroller, wire, wire nuts, wood spool, wood, copper pipe, screws, speakers

50”x 50”x 28”

Terry Berlier

Memory Box, 2021, single channel video

2021

n collaboration with composer Sarah Hennies, musicians The Living Earth Show, and students from University of Maryland. Video by Terry Berlier

Paul DeMarinis

L’Ange Exterminateur

2008

framed digital print

52’x 14”x 2 in”

Paul DeMarinis

Divination

2021

Plumbob, harpsichord wire, electronics, feather, sound

Paul DeMarinis

T,O,U,C,H,E,D

2021

Electronics, light, sound, PLA

Paul DeMarinis

Douchensenaar

2021

Electronics, sound, image, PLA

Paul DeMarinis

Alman Rayth

2021

Electronics, sound, image, PLA

Paul DeMarinis

Deeper

2021

Electronics, sound, PLA

Paul DeMarinis

Traffic Jam

2008

Slit-scan panoramic print based on Jean-Luc Godard’s “Weekend

Guillermo Galindo

Genomica Selvatica

2020

Acrylic on plexiglass and aluminum composite

16.5”x 48”

Guillermo Galindo

NSV 11 (nososcarida viscosa)

2017

pigmented acrylic ink on aluminum and acrylic

39”x 78”

Guillermo Galindo

PF 8 (patataferocia dentada)

2017

A pigmented acrylic ink on aluminum and acrylic

9.5”x 48”

Guillermo Galindo

HPP5 (hormigopsycoticus poisonosa)

2017

A pigmented acrylic ink on aluminum and acrylic

9.5”x 48”

Guillermo Galindo

MIB 17 (maizdelignacious benignus)

2017

A pigmented acrylic ink on aluminum and acrylic

9.5”x 48”

Guillermo Galindo

DL7 (decolalienata misteriosa)

2017

A pigmented acrylic ink on aluminum and acrylic

9.5”x 48”

Guillermo Galindo

Filament Cactus Ritual

2021

acrylic ink on handmade Japanese paper

24”x 37.5 edition of 12

Guillermo Galindo

Diptera Apesosus

2020

Acrylic on plexiglass and aluminum composite

36.5”x 48”

HU Xiangcheng

The sound of the trace No.1

2021

Mixed media on Rice paper

27”x 54”

HU Xiangcheng

The sound of the trace No.2

2021

Mixed media on Rice paper

27”x 54”

HU Xiangcheng

The sound of the trace No.3

2021

Mixed media on Rice paper

27”x 54”

HU Xiangcheng

The sound of the trace No.4

2021

Mixed media on Rice paper

27”x 54”

HU Xiangcheng

The sound of the trace No.5

2021

Mixed media on Rice paper

27”x 54”

HU Xiangcheng

The sound of the trace No.6

2021

Mixed media on Rice paper

27”x 54”