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Ying Li transports viewers with her paintings. Using high volumes of oil paint to depict her surroundings, Li is at once representational and abstract, delicate and primal, as she carries us from the dramatic mountains and valleys of Switzerland to a burnt-umber autumn in her own Pennsylvanian yard to the swirling cerulean seascapes of coastal Maine and chaotic New York cityscapes in which the gestural strokes of the painter mimic the movement of the city.
Geographies will run in two spaces on Haverford College’s campus, the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery and Magill Library, from Sept. 9 through Oct. 7. The show will then move to the Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., from Oct. 25 through Dec. 18.
An artist and curator talk for Ying Li: Geographies will be held Friday, September 9, at 4:30 p.m. in the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery. The talk will be followed by an opening reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Gallery. In addition, Haverford College Professor of Music Curt Cacioppo will give the U.S. premiere of his new piano sonata, “Synaesthesis I,” inspired by Li’s paintings, on Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Haverford’s Magill Library, preceded by a reception.