Abstract, Distortion & Fragmentation International Juried Exhibition

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Li Tang Gallery presents Abstract, Distortion & Fragmentation, an online group exhibition from April 3 –  June 23, 2023. From vivid colors and patterns to those who work in black and white or monochromatic approaches, Li Tang Gallery wants to invite artists who explore the areas of abstractions with no limitations on media. Taking from art’s historical lineage or blazing new paths in the field of abstraction, Li Tang Gallery wants to include artists who find new ways to connect with audiences beyond the figurative.

Artists at any stage of their career are invited to submit their work for consideration by our guest jury Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Phil Zheng Cai and E.E. Jacks. We had an overwhelming response to this call and received 1335 artwork submissions from all over the world. The overall high quality of the submissions we received made the jurying process a difficult one. The online group exhibition is curated by the Li Tang team. It will be promoted on the Li Tang gallery website, social media, and press coverage in the United States and China.


Abstract, Distortion & Fragmentation


April 3 –  June 23, 2023

Exhibition Type

Online Exhibition

Selected Artists

Jaynie Crimmins, Kate Rusek, Naomi Even-Aberle, Yangyang Mao, Kevin Costello, Jongwook Park, Agina Chinedu, H.C. Tiffany Lo, Bonam Kim, Alexey Adonin, Alexandra Chiou, Ainhoa Akutain, Zoha Malik, Yang Mai, Madeline Brice, Gabriel Palma, Weihui Lu, Annie Clavel, Andrew Chalfen, Ami Park, John Kayode, Jean-Michel Rolland, Yukiko Nakashima, Traci Johnson

Honorable Mention

Jessica Swank, Yiyi Wang, Kaitlin Santoro

Jury Judges

Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Phil Zheng Cai, E.E. Jacks

Art Director

Webson Ji


Li Tang team


Li Tang Gallery


all America Chinese Youth federation

Art America China Project

Media Support

Los Angeles Post

About Jury Judges


Chun Hua Catherine Dong (she/they) is a Chinese-born Tiohtià:ke/ Montréal-based multimedia artist. Dong received an MFA at Intermedia from Concordia University and a BFA at Visual Art from Emily Carr University Art & Design in Canada. Dong has exhibited their works at The Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne in France, Quebec City Biennial, The International Digital Art Biennial Montreal (BIAN), MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image, Kaunas Biennial, Canadian Cultural Centre Paris, The Aine Art Museum in Tornio, Bury Art Museum in Manchester, Museo de la Cancillería in Mexico City, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, DongGong Museum of Photograph in South Korea, He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen, Hubei Museum of Fine Art in China, Art Museum at University of Toronto, Varley Art Gallery of Markham, and so on.

Dong has performed in many international performance art festivals, such as Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival in Chicago, 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art in Toronto, ENCUENTRO Performance in Santiago, The Great American Performance Art in New York, Place des Arts in Montreal, Infr’Action in Venice, Dublin Live Art Festival in Dublin, Experimental Action/ Performance Art in Houston, Internationales Festival für Performance in Mannheim, Inverse Performance Art Festival in California, and many public art galleries and spaces in Europe, North and South America.

Among many other grants and awards, Dong was the recipient of the Franklin Furnace Award for performance art in New York in 2014, listed the “10 Artists Who Are Reinventing History” by Canadian Art in 2017, and was named “The Artist of the Year” at the DongGang International Photo Festival in South Korea in 2018.  Dong was also a finalist for Contemporary Art Award at Le Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (Prix en art actuel du MNBAQ) 2020, and awarded with Cultural Diversity in Visual Arts Award by the Conseil des arts de Montréal in 2021.


Phil Zheng Cai graduated from Sotheby’s Institute of Art with a master’s degree in 2014. He has held posts at Mary Boone Gallery and Phillips Auctioneers, and is currently a Partner at Eli Klein Gallery. Focusing on Chinese contemporary art, he has been with the Gallery since 2017 whose represented artists have been featured in countless international broadcasts, publications, and critical reviews. 

Phil Cai has curated numerous solo exhibitions at Eli Klein Gallery, presenting Chinese contemporary artists such as Cai Dongdong, Chow Chun Fai, Shen Fan, Li Hongbo, Ho Kan, Ji Zhou among many others. He has also curated group exhibitions that received critical acclaim. His most recent curated exhibition “Alienation?” in 2021 was reviewed by the Brooklyn Rail. He has participated in panel discussions and talks at institutions such as the SCAD Museum of Art and the Asia Society Museum New York. 

Phil Zheng Cai also works in the domain of art criticism and translation of texts on philosophy. His exhibition review “Enacting Disassociation – Jean-Luc Moulène Solo Exhibition at Miguel Abreu Gallery”; “Life as an Invitation – Yoan Capote Solo Exhibition at Jack Shainman Gallery”; “Tan Siyuan – No Stopping the Wanting to Stop” and critical essay “Take a Step: Phil Zheng Cai on the Opening of M+ Museum” were featured in the Widewalls Magazine. His most recent critical text “Everything can become an NFT, is it true?” was published by the New York Time T Magazine China. His translated book “The Story of Philosophy” was published by Shanghai Yuandong Press in 2020.

E.E. Jacks

The paintings of E.E. Jacks capture life. Her intent is to imbue motion & emotion. Her work encompasses Expressionism and Representationalism. She also practices plein air painting, favoring oil paint as her medium of choice. 

Jacks has received several awards and been featured in various periodicals. Her work has also been showcased in museums such as MOLAA, Olaf Wieghorst Museum, the Yellowstone and Yosemite Museums and been recognized and exhibited in the John Wayne Airport and California State Capitol. She is a poet and has currently published four books of poetry and prose.

E.E. Jacks has also been a gallery founder, published ‘APERO’ an international online and printed fine art catalogue, has juried many exhibitions and written numerous art reviews. 

Jacks is a professional art advisor & curator of traditional & contemporary spaces. With long-standing artist & art community connections, Jacks can strategically acquire & integrate art into any lifestyle or aesthetic.

Jacks works from her home studio in Southern California and exhibits her work as a permanent artist at Quorum Gallery in Laguna Beach, Tirage Fine Art in Carlsbad and in various Galleries and Museums nationwide.

(text&photo courtesy of the artists)


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