By day, Ying Kit Chan serves as a professor and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Louisville. But by night, he practices what he preaches by transforming his thoughts into art. Now, Chan is showing his exhibit, titled “10,000 Thoughts,” at the Jewish Community Center‘s Patio Gallery.
The show is made up of small sketches and photographic prints of his ideas and contemplations on the current state of global environmental conditions. In other words, he believes in world harmony and interconnectedness rather than finger pointing and blame.
“In addition to the deep ecology philosophy, the work interprets Taoist and Buddhist thoughts, as well as Jewish ideas of nature, rain, tree, soil and the Sabbath,” Chan explained in a press release.
Chan studied art at several colleges in Hong Kong in the ’70s, and later continued his educations in the United States, receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and his master’s from the University of Cincinnati. At U of L, Chan is an affiliate faculty of the Asian Studies program, the Social Change program as well as the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research.
Bette Levy, director of the Patio Gallery, said Chan’s work shows interesting depth and allows for a broader discussion on certain themes.
“Ying Kit Chan was selected to exhibit at the Patio Gallery because of the deep thought behind the work and the grace and sensitivity of his mark making, which offers the viewer a unique, contemplative opportunity,” she said.
Chan’s “10,000 Thoughts” is now showing through Oct. 7. Also on display is an exhibit featuring Chinese calligraphy by Grand Master Mingye Ding, titled “Taiji Sufa.” The Patio Gallery is located at 3600 Dutchmans Lane.