This particular gallery exhibit was entitled “die Schliche Kennen”, which translates into English from German as “Know the Ropes” and was created by Adoi Liang for the Robert C. Turner Gallery at Alfred University. And the name of this exhibit really seems to explain exactly who Liang is in his professional work, as well as denote that knowing more than one thing in your field, even if it’s just the basics, will allow you to make something greater than before.
Liang is a Chinese New Media artist and he creates all of his work in all different kinds of media with various different mediums that range from graphic design and print making to video production,and bookmaking. Liang graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Digital Merida Arts from the Beijing Forestry University in China and also holds a Master’s degree in Electronic Integrated Art from Alfred University in New York, the same place he is now showing his own professional work. Liang’s primary tools of the trade are a wide array of programs, specifically from the Adobe Suite, such as Photoshop, Premiere, and After Effects. He also has basic programming knowledge in C++, html, and CSS, as well as some 3D modeling experience using 3D Max.
There were a wide variety of pieces that Liang had created for this exhibition all around the gallery space. But among the all of the many works that were displayed there was one particular set of photos that really seemed to stand out to most of the people that were in the gallery space; Magenta Corner Societies. These were a series of digital prints that were printed out onto different sized watercolor papers. The exquisite use of bright and bold colors on each print are what really seemed to make this series stand out in the room out of all the other pieces there.
The photos that were printed on the watercolor papers all seemed to be very well thought out and executed establishing shots of buildings and outer environments. These photographs that Liang has taken and edited really set up and remind me of all of the opening exterior shots that are seen all the time in almost every major TV show. These shots always help in making it clear to the audience where they currently are in the scene or where they are being taken to next as so not to create a feeling of becoming lost between major scene transitions.
Personally I feel that this can really be applied to my own work here in my college career, my own personal work, and my future work as a professional. The idea of creating a strong establishing shot will really cement a location for a scene in the eye and mind of your viewers. It doesn’t mean just showing where you as a viewer are, it means establishing the total tone of the environment. The lighting, the framing, and the color of the shot all tie in to create the tone of the scene. Using the wrong color pallet can cause a sad rainy scene to feel warmer or even happy. Even if it is still raining in the scene, if the sun looks like it’s out and shining and you have a character sobbing intensely after the establishing shot everyone is going to be lost on what you really mean to say within those two scenes.
Liang really seems to know exactly how to present that ideal establishing shot. And it felt that the more you stared at each one the more you expected and wanted the canvas to move to the next shot of the story. Each print felt like a window into a story that would never come, and yet didn’t need to.