YOUNGSTOWN YSU exhibit will feature post-9/11 art

YOUNGSTOWN -- Sunday marks the fourth anniversary of terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., and Youngstown State University is hosting an exhibit on a collection of paintings depicting the aftermath of the New York attack.
The collection is the work of Chinese artist Cong Zhiyuan and will be on display in the Rose Marie Smith Gallery on the second floor of Tod Hall through the end of September.
An invitation-only opening reception for the exhibit, which appeared at the United Nations in New York in 2003, is set for 4 to 6 p.m. Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Sept. 30.
"The Sept. 11 series expresses my impressions of the events of that day," said Cong, a native of China who came to the United States in 1988.
"On the ruins, I do not try to describe the site of the death, the terror and the fear. Instead, I want to express the hope that no sooner had one fallen, than another stepped onto the breach. The work shows sadness, but is sustained by feelings of heroism and fortitude enveloped by an undying, unswerving spirit," he said.
Artist's background
Cong is an art professor and the head of the printmaking program at William Paterson University of New Jersey. He received a bachelor of fine arts degree in Chinese painting from Nanjing Arts Institute in Nanjing, China, in 1980, and a master's of fine arts in Chinese art in 1986. He also holds a master's of fine arts in printmaking from Indiana University.
Cong describes the method of his expression by locating the image between realism and abstraction. "I pursue the rhythm of the line, I emphasize a contrast of the space, and I seek a richness of the color," he said.
The paper used in the "9.11" series is a special paper from the Chine Rice Paper Co. in China, Cong said.

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