Saturday, March 28, 2009
Police Department Gallery: Darfar Hu
Please keep the Four slain officers, their families and the community of Oakland, California in your prayers this week. This event happened during a routine traffic stop and shows the dangers of even the most common tasks of police work.
Darfar Hu,our current artist, lives and shows his work in Taiwan. His family friends and his daughter are helping him show his work here in the US and I am very grateful for the assistance of the Li family in the loan of his landscapes.
Mr. Hu is self taught and uses tin cans and brads hammered into a wooden panel to re- create scenes from his childhood village in Taiwan. This metal mosaics glow with color. Up close the mosaic pieces are smaller than a safety pin. Step back and all the tiny pieces fold into a beautiful landscape.
To see more of his work, visit the Oak Park Police Department's Art Gallery web page or Hr. Hu's own web site. He is adding an English language translation button to his site soon.
The truly amazing thing is that I had another show all lined up but due to my over reaching ambition, we had to cancel that show. Why did I think I wanted to transport and hang art work worth $5.000.00 a piece? To be fair, I did not know the real value of the pieces unitl Craig and I showed up to move them....in our tiny car.....Each show is a huge lesson in gallery management.