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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

包氏藝文中心1/18介紹劍橋市畫家 Bren Bataclan

BCNC Pao Arts Center Presents
Cambridge Artist Bren Bataclan
Explores Immigrant Experience in America


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Description generated with high confidenceKulap: New Works by Bren Bataclan
January 18 to April 28, 2018
BCNC Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany Street, Boston, MA
Opening Reception: Jan 18, 6:30 - 7 pm






Sketch, Daly City, February 1981, Bren Bataclan Boston, MA – The Pao Arts Center presents its winter exhibition, Kulap: New Works by Bren Bataclan, which explores the artist’s immigrant experience to the Daly City, San Francisco in 1981. Kulap is on view from January 18 – April 28, 2018.   The Pao Arts Center’s main gallery features 15 brand-new paintings created for this exhibition. The immigrant experience in America has always been multifaceted, yet the process of coming to and becoming a part of the United States engenders challenges and triumphs that share many common features: the struggle to adapt, to acquire vital knowledge and skills, to balance the need to adopt the new culture with the claims of the old home; the experiences of racism and exclusion, and the tightly-knit comfort of a diaspora.
Bataclan’s vivid style blends influences from anime, “Superflat” artists such as Takashi Murakami, Filipina artist Norma Belleza, and his visual communication background. Bataclan uses his graphic design skills to excise inessentials and distill human meaning from complex situations. His minimalist, hyper-stylized compositions are immediately accessible to viewers of all ages and backgrounds, even as they convey deeply-felt themes of estrangement, belonging, discovery, and confusion.
Kulap invites recognition, reflection, and contemplation of what it means to be an immigrant, a citizen, and an evolving human being.
About the Artist: Bren Bataclan is a Cambridge-based artist who was born in the Philippines and grew up in the San Francisco area. Prior to becoming a full time artist, Bren taught design and computer animation at UMass Amherst and the Museum School. In the early 2000s, Bren began giving away paintings in public spaces with a note saying, "This painting is yours if you promise to smile at random people more often." Since then, he has given away 3,000 paintings in 70 different countries and to all 50 U.S. states. Schools began to ask Bren to give presentations about his kindness-related street art project. His presentations led to 150 mural projects for schools, hospitals and businesses. Heinemann Press published an elementary school textbook entitled, "The Smile Artist," about his artwork. And in 2017, he gave a TEDxTalk about his street art project. Bren received his BA in design at UCLA (summa cum laude) and his MA in computer animation at the Ohio State University. (圖文由波士頓華埠社區中心提供)

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