Pompano Beach Cultural Center Presents Mercury Express. Chinese-born Painter Cangshu Gran Explores Memories and Daydreams

Pompano Beach Cultural Center is proud to present a solo exhibition by South Florida-based oil painter Cangshu Gran. Inspired by antique objects, cartoons, and pop culture, Cangshu’s work explores childhood memories, daydreams and humor in an attempt to reclaim the wonder she lost as an adult. The opening reception takes place on July 8, and the exhibition runs through October 5. “The vividly imagined and vibrantly colored oil paintings created by Cangshu Gran are beautifully expressive,” said Phyllis Korab, Cultural Affairs Director. “Every painting tells only a part of her whimsical and ambivalent story. Through her artworks she shares with the viewer the child-like wonder that survives in her.”  Gran’s work is inspired by fairytales and all the strange coincidences that happened in her life. She explores her own recollections and imaginings, creating whimsical worlds where intensified colors move from the pretty to the acidic, and characters hide behind masks while dramas quietly unfold in bizarre ways. The artist believes that her work examines the traces left behind consciously and unconsciously by her past self, and that painting is a kind of detective work. Each painting is a clue that guides us through the mystery that is her future and past.  “My artworks demonstrate, through subjective color and the application of misty layers of luminous paint, my residence on the edge of moving to the future and looking to the past,” stated Gran. “Through imagination, my paintings express a longing for connections and offer glimpses of happiness tinted with a pervasive overcast of melancholy. My paintings are a visual expression of what I consider to be kitsch, sentimental and adventurous.” Gran was born and raised in China and came to the US when she was 22 years old. She studied painting and printmaking at University of Nebraska Omaha from 2013 to 2015 and received her MFA in painting from Florida Atlantic University in 2019. She has exhibited her works locally and nationally. The mission of the Cultural Affairs Department is to provide cultural programming that includes visual arts, digital media, music, film, theater, dance and public art for the enjoyment and enrichment of residents and visitors to Pompano Beach, Broward County, and the greater South Florida area.