The Metamorphosis of a Butterfly
A kaleidoscopic vision of life by a gay Chinese artist
Open to the public on San Pedro’s monthly 1st Thursday Art Walks
on May 3, 2012 from 7 – 11 PM,
on June 7, 2012 from 7 – 11 PM,
on July 5, 2012 from 7 – 11 PM,
and by appointment.
Please call, 310.833.3633 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DAYS FOR LA PRIDE
Friday Night, June 8, 2012, 7 -10 PM
Saturday Afternoon, June 9, 2012, Noon - 6 PM
Sunday Afternoon, June 10, 2012, 2 - 6 PM
The exhibition begins for appointment only viewings on
April 28, 2012.
The QSpeak discussion with Xiyadie is Thursday, May 10
from 7 - 8:30 PM.
On April 28th The Center Long Beach and the alternative
fine art gallery, Flazh!Alley Art Studio, will be exhibiting for the
first time in the United States the paper cutting artwork by Bejing
artist Xiyadie (Zhee-yá-dee). The exhibit will consist of over
50 works celebrating same-sex love and gay life transcending the harsh
discrimination and social stigma the LGBTQ community experiences in
China. Also included in the exhibit will be works showing the artist’s
struggle as a gay, married father of a son severely disabled by Cerebral
Xiyadie states: “My artwork is really about the
desire for freedom: freedom of expression, freedom to live honestly
and freedom from the disease my son suffers from. That’s why
I call myself Xiyadie or ‘Siberian Butterfly’. In Chinese
it expresses hope and my wish for freedom in a cold and harsh environment.”
To explore the issues of Xiyadie’s work, which
is publicly prohibited in China, The Center Long Beach, partnering
with the Beijing LGBT Center, will also sponsor a forum, as part of
its “QSpeak” series, which will be held in conjunction
with the opening of the exhibition at Flazh!Alley Art Studio. “I
am terribly excited this is happening. It has been my dream to exhibit
in the US and to finally share my gay themed work to a broad audience
openly and without disguise.”
Xiyadie’s work caught the eye of Center Long Beach
board member Ján Montoya when he visited China in April 2011
and did outreach to The Center Beijing. “When I saw his artwork
hanging in the The Center’s lobby I became very excited. I had
never seen such beautiful paper cuttings and that it had gay and lesbian
themes made them all the more special and unique. I decided at that
moment it had to be shared.” He later brought the idea of exhibiting
Xiyadie’s work to the QSpeak committee members Christina Rios
Bennett and Porter Gilberg who quickly agreed to make it part of QSpeak’s
Fine Art journalist, critic, and gallery owner
Joe Flazh! decided to exhibit Xiyadie’s work because of
the eastern beauty of the work, its excellence of form and execution,
and Xiyadie’s unique vision.
Xiyadie, according to Flazh!, achieves works that are at the
same time old and new: old in that they are grounded and expressed
in the traditional Chinese art of paper cutting, new in the
treatment of Xiyadie’s personal Chinese yet universal
FLAZH!ALLEY ART STUDIO
By appointment and invitation. Adults only.
Open to the public on San Pedro’s monthly 1st Thursday Art Walks.
Private parties are invited.
1113 S. Pacific Ave. Suite B, San Pedro, CA 90731 · Map
Enter from the alley.
(Park in the large city parking lot behind Ramona Bakery at Pacific Ave.
& 11th Street.)