When I came to the U.S. to study seven years ago, I made up a story that my parents had invested so much money to discourage me from pursuing art. Not until recently, however, I realized that I have been blaming them to avoid assuming responsibility to face the fear of financial challenges if I chose art as a career. This exhibition, “Moments Before Consciousness,” is literally the first time I have assumed the responsibility to make dream come true to become a great artist.
I left my job in February 2018. Before going back to China for a visit, I had begun to prepare this solo exhibition in NYC, my longtime dream. Imagine! An international student who studied business and studio art are having his first solo exhibition in the Big Apple! I decided to “go public” with my art in response to the praise and encouragement of any people.
I am fortunate to have the support of the Institute for Multicultural Communications, Cooperation and Development, Inc., its President and CEO Ismael Betancourt Jr., and Alibe Hamacher, Director of Research. Other supporters include International Student Health Insurance CEO Keren Ziv, the curator of this exhibition Yi Chen and as many other friends.
“Moments before Consciousness” will be on display from April 12, to April 15, 2018 at 4 West 43rd St., Suite 801. I would greatly appreciate your support for me to get ONE step closer to make this incredible show happen.
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