Amy Simon Fine Art announces the Jan. 21 opening of "Every Picture Tells a Story: Amy Cheng; Xin Song; Laurel Sparks."

The exhibit features work by three New York artists, each of whom tell stories in their own unique styles and mediums.

Cheng's semi-abstract pieces are colorful metaphors that create volumetric spheres woven with decorated layers. Shimmering light and saturated color display a universe of its own.

The works are jewel-like, seductive and playful, according to the gallery. Pattern, repetition and design, with both Eastern and Western roots, appear in her paintings and works on paper. There are stories within stories. She references the cosmos, cells, organs, lace, jewelry, botany, etc.

Cheng is not only known for her paintings and paper pieces. Her work appears in the form of large-scale public commissions, including a column at the Seattle-Tacoma Airport; a glass installation at the Cleveland Street Subway Station in New York and a tile mural at the Howard Street Subway Station in Chicago. She is currently working on public art projects for the 25th Street Subway Station in Brooklyn and one for the St. Louis International Airport Metro Station.

Chinese artist Song borrows pictures from magazines, and cuts and collages them so that viewers barely recognize their sources.

According to the gallery, she creates beautiful motifs while, at the same time, questioning social and political values from everyday society.

Each piece of collage is carefully selected to bring a message and connection to the artist's personal world. She sees things that others discard. She "hears, feels and thinks her way through magazines, finding importance and meaning in what others glance at and throw away," Amy Simon Fine Art said.

Song's works incorporate collage elements that deal with politics, beauty, fashion, poverty, sex and other taboo subjects. Nothing is off limits. The papercut collages segment the subjects and invite viewers to connect into the artist's private world.

Sparks creates collages and paintings that embody and disembody Glam rock decadence and occult mysticism. Her work utilizes toxic color, fake jewels and chunks of glitter that both attract and repel viewers.

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Her works feature Venetian chandeliers, Rococo jewelry and Christmas trees that become dramatic images of shape, color and light.

"Every Picture Tells a Story: Amy Cheng, Xin Song; Laurel Sparks" is on view from Jan. 21 through March 3. There is an opening reception on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 203-259-1500.