Arts & Entertainment

Find Your Way to the GPS

Matthew Paterson

  Staff Writer

One thing amazing things about art is the range of subjects it is able to address. The Greensboro Project Space has recently opened an exhibit exploring the metamorphosis of Asian females from the 50’s till today and mass incarceration throughout the United States.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Greensboro Project Space, acronym: GPS, it’s located on the edge of downtown. It’s a community based art exhibit created by the Art’s Department at UNCG, and is totally free for anyone to walk in and take a look around. Greensboro Project Space is considered a sanctuary for artists of all type.

Focusing on giving those with in, around and out-of-the-box ideas a workshop to explore what they may have once thought impossible. When a door is opened up and inside is just a blank white walls and a concrete floor, most people wouldn’t think much of it. Just a room. Then you take an artist, not just one, but a plethora and let them collaborate together, innovate and generate ideas. You’ll come back into that room and be astounded by the product they’ve created. This is the concept of the Greensboro Project Space.

Currently the two pieces are being shown at the GPS. The first room I walked into was surrounded by walls filled with paper and silhouetted people. One of them, being a mock poster for target practice was a faceless kid in a hoodie. In one hand an Arizona tea, the other a bag of skittles. Right in the middle of the chest is a bullseye. This particular piece is on the history and future of mass incarceration in America. What makes this one most unique is due to it being the first national traveling exhibition on that subject. Posted around were more provoking pictures with terrifyingly true facts, showing you the harsh life the piece stems from; “States of Incarceration.” They hold events where the public can join in on the conversation to help bring together and tighten the community. This piece is exclusively created by the UNCG students of Professor Lee Walton

Another piece featured in the room adjacent had various watercolor pieces and much more vibrant tone than the previous, all of them hanging in rows. Each individual picture has a color pallet that flows from the next. As you look closer you see the story each painting tells. It shows the evolution of their cultures views on women and even continues into the modern day issues they still face.

The watercolors were curated by two of the three artist: Jiayin Xu, an Associate Professor International Education Department, Guizhou Minority University, Guiyang, China who has not been painting for very long.  The other artist is Feiyue Zhang, an Associate Professor of the Painting and Art Department from the same college. The last painter is Shu Yang, who is a Professor of Journalism, at you guessed it, Guizhou Minority University. The title of the peace is ‘Of Daily Triviality and Joy’. Each painting describes and shows the horrors of past treatment of Asian women then how education and working moved into their lifestyle.

The true form of imagination that encases the Greensboro Project Space is what lures creators and audience members alike to experience and learn something more than what’s broadcasted on television. They hold plenty of events on weekdays and selected evenings/weekends, on their website is an updated list of said events. You’ll be captured, mesmerized and who knows, you might learn a thing or two about other cultures and the struggles the people of the world deal with, and what we may not be aware of.

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