Samsara, a series of six paintings by Clayton State University Assistant Professor of Studio Art Caomin “Alan” Xie, is currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (www.mocaga.org), TULA Art Center, 75 Bennett St., Atlanta. The exhibit is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and continues through Aug. 13.
The title of Xie's exhibition, Samsara, refers to a Buddhist concept of cyclical creation and destruction. The six, 12 foot-by-nine-foot works included in Samsara, produced with the help of a Working Artist Project grant from MOCA GA, are variations on a mandala, a traditionally Buddhist form that uses mathematical elements to create a circular, kaleidoscopic shape.
A native of Shanghai, Xie earned his MFA from Savannah College of Art & Design in 2001, and his BFA from China National Academy of Fine Arts in 1998. A Clayton State faculty member since 2003, his works have been previously selected in exhibitions nationally and internationally, including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and numerous exhibits in the People’s Republic of China.