The Capital City Arts Initiative’s “Chinoiseries” exhibit at the Carson City Courthouse | Carson City Nevada News

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The Capital City Arts Initiative’s “Chinoiseries” exhibit features Gwaylon Leaf’s paintings that use a visual language synthesized from Taoist code language and symbols.

The exhibition runs at the Courthouse Gallery from October 5, 2022 to January 26, 2023. The courthouse is located at 885 E Musser Street, Carson City; the gallery is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Growing up surrounded by Taoist philosophy and Chinese art instilled in him a fascination with calligraphic form. This influence comes from his father who was an artist and art teacher. His childhood was punctuated by frequent trips to San Francisco where the fog and mist of the bay created a fascination with that sense of isolation and visual filtering that mists create. He smiled, “Growing up eating my noodles with chopsticks gave me a mixed view of the world.”

Being a multicultural person gives Leaf a varied personal outlook. Perceived as being too white to be Chinese but too Asian to be considered white, reveals to him that most notions of culture can become alienating. With his art, he embraces a sense of otherness that his cultures have granted him. He draws on his influence from traditional Chinese artists and blends it with the aesthetic sensibilities of contemporary Western artists such as Cy Twombly and Mark Toby.

He earned a BFA degree in 2015 from UNLV and earned an MFA degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2020. He lives in Reno and teaches art at Western Nevada College on the Fallon campus.

Carlos Ramirez, a Western Nevada College Latino Leadership Academy student, provided a Spanish translation of the show’s wall text.

CCAI is an artist-centered, non-profit organization committed to community engagement in contemporary visual arts through exhibitions, illustrated lectures, arts education programs, artist residencies and online activities.

The initiative is funded by the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, John and Grace Nauman Foundation, Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, Carson City Cultural Commission, US Bank Foundation, Kaplan Family Charitable Fund, Southwest Gas Corporation Foundation, Steele & Associates LLC and CCAI Sponsors and Members.

For more information, please visit the CCAI website at www.ccainv.org.

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