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New Exhibition Opens, Two Close Sept. 9 at UW Art Museum

August 30, 2017
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Yim Maline’s “Decomposition (Measured) 9” is among works from “YIM Maline: Decomposition, 2016” that will open Saturday, Sept. 9, at the UW Art Museum. (SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and the artist)

A new exhibition, “YIM Maline: Decomposition, 2016,” will open Saturday, Sept. 9, at the University of Wyoming Art Museum.

“YIM Maline: Decomposition, 2016” presents sculptural constructions that consider the notion of the landscape and its representation. After a year of residencies and travel to diverse ecosystems on four continents, Cambodian artist Yim Maline cultivates a deeper consciousness around the tenuous state of the global environment with her home and country as a core and comparative concern. Growing up amid civil war and poverty in Cambodia, Yim uses her sculptures to consider the complex effects of this period on the environment, the individual and the societal structures of today.

Yim’s ambitious use of materials, such as anti-precious cardboard, challenges the viewer to study the geography of her sculptural reliefs that reveal ruptures and scars, temperature changes, spills and leakage, clearings and remains, and rare hints of new growth. The exhibition will be on view through Dec. 16.

Yim was born in 1982 in Battambang, Cambodia. She is a graduate of Phare Ponleu Selpak art school (1995-2003) and received her BFA from École Supérieure des Beaux-arts de Caen la Mer, France (2010). She is represented by SA SA BASSAC, a gallery and resource center dedicated to curating, mediating and archiving Cambodian contemporary visual culture, located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Two exhibitions will close Sept. 9 at the UW Art Museum: “Jon Schueler: Paintings” and “Skyscapes: Selections from the Art Museum Collection.”

“Jon Schueler: Paintings” explores the evolution of Schueler’s artistic practice through 17 paintings drawn from the UW Art Museum collection and represents four decades of the artist’s work. His focus is largely on the sky, and his paintings convey nature at a specific moment, such as the buildup of clouds with the filtered sun breaking through. Using a range of color to express light, from subdued gray to intense red, Schueler creates paintings that are not only full of life and movement but are emotionally charged.

As a recent gift to the UW Art Museum by the Schueler estate, the works in “Jon Schueler: Paintings” represent the largest single representation of his work in a public collection.

“Skyscapes: Selections from the Art Museum Collection” presents skyscapes from various artists in an array of media, including painting, photography and prints. Depicting representations of the sky, the imagery in “Skyscapes” ranges from abstract to realistic. The exhibition is drawn from the Art Museum’s collection to complement “Jon: Schueler: Paintings,” giving a broader context for artistic explorations on the subject of the sky.

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Through its “Museum as Classroom” approach, the UW Art Museum places art at the center of learning for all ages. Located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie, the museum is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday hours are extended to 7 p.m. February through April and September through November. Admission is free.

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