Beyond Time: Images of China
Photography by Chih-Liang Cheng
April 28 - December 9, 2006
This exhibition features eighty photographs by Chih-Liang Cheng and represents the photographer's attempt to capture the quintessence of the timeless beauty of China. Born in 1944 in South China, Chih-Liang Cheng was trained as an architect and has been practicing architecture in Seattle, Washington, for close to thirty years.

Cheng's connection with photography goes back to his early school years when his father gave him a 35mm camera and evoked his passion in photography. While establishing himself as an architect in Seattle, he devoted his spare time to photography, capturing images of landscape and urban scene in the Seattle area. He also familiarized himself with the development of photography in the West through the extensive reading of works by major figures such as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Imogen Cunningham.

The photographs in the exhibition are grouped in different sections. The first section is devoted to highlighting the landscapes of Huangshan, Zhangjiajie and Jiuzhaigou, places that possess a strong sense of eternity.

The second section of the exhibition, Look Through and Further Beyond, presents a series of photographs of gardens taken in Suzhou and Hangzhou. These urban gardens, greatly influenced by Chinese painting, poetry and literature, are considered a true art form. The section with a series of rock photos, called Witness Eternity, was taken mostly at Stone Forest in Yunnan province.

Reflection, the third section, is devoted to fairyland Jiuzhaigou Valley in Sichuan province. An honest portrait of forms and colors that seem to exist in paradise, this series of color photographs encapsulates the peace and beauty embodied by the water at Jiuzhaighou.

The last section, Rhythm, includes a series of both color and black-and-white photographs of Beijing, Chengdu, Xian and Hangzhou. In these images, Cheng used color and shape as well as light and shadow to reflect the rhythm of his subjects.

Jiuzhagou, Sichuan West Lake, Hangzhou Red Wall, Beijing Red Wall, Beijing
Jiuzhagou, Sichuan West Lake, Hangzhou Red Wall, Beijing Red Wall, Beijing