Qiuwen Li: Type + Form
December 4, 2019 to January 17, 2020
Artist Talk: Friday, January 17, 12 p.m.
“Type + Form,” Li presents several groups of work which merge type, form, color and language in abstract compositions printed in poster format. In one piece a grid of QR codes invites the viewer to interact“Type + Form,” Li presents several groups of work which merge type, form, color and language in abstract compositions printed in poster format. In one piece a grid of QR codes invites the viewer to interact. Certain codes function to generate poetry at random; as the viewer moves from one code to the next, the poem evolves and the meaning shifts. In another series, Li created abstract images and then asked viewers to apply language to them. The associated words are at once tangential and poignant, and appear adjacent to the images. In yet another series, Li designed a three-dimensional typeface (in two-dimensions) that she used to generate imagery through playful interpretations of barely legible words. In all of her works, there is an interest in the space between linguistic and pictorial communication.
Qiuwen Li is a Graphic Designer and a design professor living and working in Santa Clara, CA. Born in China, she received her B.F.A. in Graphic Design from St. Cloud State University and her MFA in Visual Studies focusing in Graphic Design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Qiuwen Li’s design has been exhibited at the MCSU Art Gallery of the Faculty of Art (Lublin, Poland), Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery (SC, USA), Conkling Gallery at Minnesota State University, Salmon Gallery (AL, USA), Paramount Center for the Arts (MN, USA), Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center (SD, USA) and at the CHEAP Street Poster Art Festival (Bologna, Italy). Her freelance design clients include James Dayton Design, Reverie and Medical Marketing Solutions. Li has been recognized with several awards during her career including a Design International Award (Paris, France), a Creative Quarterly award in both fine art and graphic design (New York, USA), and a first prize award in the LAG Festival poster competition (Katowice, Poland).