Beili Liu

Wind Drawing Array 2Beili Liu, Wind Drawings Series 2, Array, Sumi ink on birch panel, triptych, 60x36x1 Inches

78704 gallery presents:
Beili Liu

Born in Jilin, China, Beili Liu is a multidisciplinary artist whose time and process based installations explore subjects of cultural specificity and overlaps, transient or persistent energy, and conflicting and confluent forces. Liu incorporates simple materials such as; thread, paper, incense, wood, salt, and water, in her works to create microcosms of fragility and poignancy. By working on these everyday materials, Liu manipulates their intrinsic and bare qualities to extrapolate much more complex cultural narratives.

Liu has received numerous awards and prizes, including a National Endowments for the Arts Grant specifically in support of her residency and solo exhibition “Chine”. Liu was the lead visual artist for a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artistic Innovation And Collaboration Grant supported public art project “Thirst” at the Lady Bird Lake in Austin Texas. Liu has also received local awards being named “Artist of the Year”, by Austin Visual Art Association in 2009 and the Austin Critics Table Awards in 2011. Internationally, Sacchi Review, UK named Liu’s solo exhibition “In Between” one of the “Top Ten Exhibitions in Shanghai” in 2009.

Beili Liu now lives and works in Austin, Texas. She is an Associate Professor of Art at The University of Texas at Austin.


Bob “Daddy-O” Wade Photoworks: 1971-2015

bob-wade-featureBob Wade, Pancho Villa and Friends, 2011, Ink Jet Print, Edition of 50, 20 x 60 Inches

78704 gallery presents:
Bob “Daddy-O” Wade Photoworks: 1971-2015

Bob Wade resides and was born in Austin, TX in 1943. He received a BFA from The University of Texas at Austin, and a M.A. from The University of California, Berkeley. As a university art professor, Bob was a recipient of three NEA grants and included in biennials in Paris, France; New Orleans, LA; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. Collections include, The Contemporary Austin, Chase Manhattan Bank, AT&T, The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University, The Menil Collection, and the Royal Palace Of Monaco.
When Native Austin artist Bob “Daddy-O” Wade (Age 72) wasn’t creating giant artworks around the U.S. “like the 40 foot Giant Lone Star Iguana” for the past 45 years, he was busy working on “photo canvases,” many as big as 20 feet. Hand tinted and airbrushed acrylic over black and white vintage blow-ups of banditos, cowgirls, critters, and topless island girls.
The last solo show of these “photoworks” in Austin was 1996, and now the new 78704 gallery on South Congress is mounting an overdue survey “Daddy-O’s Photoworks: 1971-2015.”
Bob Wade collects vintage black and white photo postcards of Tex-Mex, rodeo scenes, or simply ”unusual “ subjects. These images are cropped and scaled according to Wade’s sensibility and enlarged onto digital canvas. As legendary singer songwriter Willie Nelson said, “Now that I understand art, I realize what a genius Daddy-O Wade really is.”
Once stretched, Wade utilizes his academic training as a painter, by airbrushing transparent acrylic color over the surface images, thus “bringing them new life“ with respect and affection for the original photo.
By employing muted tones reminiscent of pre-technicolor movie films, Wade achieves a remarkable number of visual effects with his large-scale photoworks. Humor and irony also pervades his work.
In addition, Wade creates large-scale outdoor sculptures such as the Fish at Hula Hut, and the 40’ tall cowboy boots in San Antonio, which he has recently been honored with a Guinness Book of World Records award.