DODO JIN MING: THE SKY INSIDE
Laurence Miller Gallery
20 West 57th St., third floor
Tuesday, January 14, free, 6:30
Exhibition continues Tuesday - Saturday through January 25
In November, Chinese violinist Dan Zhu gave an impromptu solo performance at the Laurence Miller Gallery in Midtown, inspired by fellow Beijing native DoDo Jin Ming’s latest exhibit, “The Sky Inside,” which had just opened. Now that the exhibit is entering its last two weeks, Zhu is coming back, this time for an announced concert taking place January 14 at 6:30 that also celebrates the upcoming Chinese New Year. Zhu, who has played his 1763 Carlo Antonio Testore violin at festivals around the world and for such conductors as Christoph Eschenbach, Zubin Mehta, and Krzysztof Penderecki, has found inspiration in the seascapes and landscapes taken by Jin Ming, a classically trained concert violinist who gave up that instrument for a camera after seeing a Joseph Beuys show in 1988. For “The Sky Inside,” Jin Ming once again combines two black-and-white negatives to create haunting images, this time of mysterious woods and rocky shores along with, occasionally, a ghostly figure. “My pictures reflect how I feel about the world around me. They are more pictures of nature than of the landscape,” she has said about her work. “They are metaphors not description. They are like poetry and music. This is my journey, through darkness to find a way.” Zhu and Jin Ming will be making visual and aural poetry and music together on Tuesday night at 6:30, followed by a reception; admission is free.