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Opening: Beyond the Great Wall

  • E-Moderne Gallery 1229 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA, 19107 United States (map)
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An exhibition challenged the understanding established East-West Abstract Contemporary arts. Showing the impact of the distinctly cross-cultural experiences influence of two different art artists on their works


This collect allows viewers experience a first-hand an unfamiliar culture. Also, experience how relationships between humans and our environment, historical moments and contemporary events impacted the artist's works.



About the artists:

Chenlin Cai 蔡陈林 • Bejing, China


Born in Fujian in 1984, Chenlin Cai now lives in Beijing and Philadelphia. Cai received his MFA from two of the renowned universities in fine arts. The Tsinghua University in Beijing, China and The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art in Philadelphia, PA, USA


Many Chinese artists studying & living aboard believe that western abstracts dominate the contemporary landscape, they must abandon their tradition to cater to the art markets, the result is often disappointing.


Cai immerses in the conflict of these two different art cultures, and art environments did the opposite. He did no compromise, following only his instinct and vision, combining the best of his traditional training as a classical artist and his unorthodox use of paint on non-traditional materials and surface, experimenting with multi-media expression, Cai had successfully created his unique painting style using cellular structure and X-ray landscape. The result is a highly acclaimed collection sort by collectors.



Dimitri Staszewski • USA    

Dimitri Staszewski was born 1992, in the heart of San Francisco surrounded by a creative community of artists and mentors as the son of a goldsmith and a life coach. He received a degree in Music Industry Studies from Loyola University New Orleans where he focused on audio engineering. After graduating in 2014, he learned to wrangle horse in Colorado, traveled the rivers and trails of the Mountain West, and eventually settled in Lander, Wyoming.

Staszewski’s work in Mongolia began in 2013 with an opportunity to record and document the disappearing musical traditions of nomadic herders. That work evolved into broadly capturing and showcasing both urban and rural experiences.

Between 2015 and 2016, Staszewski received a  Fulbright-mtvU Scholarship to continue pursuing his recording work throughout the Mongolian countryside. He lived with nomadic herders for extended periods of time, which allowed Staszewski to expand his artistic and ethnographic practice to include photography and writing.

Earlier Event: September 22
Opening: Rise and Shine
Later Event: September 23
Closing: predator, twilight, edible