"Material Domestication" & "Wanxin Zhang: The Long Journey" Opening Weekend
Presented in partnership with the Catharine Clark Gallery, “Wanxin Zhang: The Long Journey” celebrates Wanxin Zhang’s signature style—a hybrid of California Funk influence and nods to Chinese history. The artist’s monumental clay figures are at once irreverent and troubling, evoking the tension inherent in globalization, politics and power. Zhang demonstrates this through his mastery of the malleable qualities of clay, reshaping traditional symbols and iconography with contemporary Western popular culture. “Material Domestication” is an investigation of materiality and technique based on slow production and repetitive making. This larger than life exhibition features the work of six contemporary artists: Jamie Bardsley, Nathan Craven, Christine Lee, Mi-Kyoung Lee, Rowland Ricketts and Adam Shiverdecker. While craft is often viewed as “women’s work” (i.e.: fiber-based techniques like needlework, knitting, weaving) the process of craft is commonly one of repetition, based in muscle memory and repetitive physical activity. Guest Curator Elizabeth Kozlowski describes the artistic processes used in this exhibition as “flipped” where muscle memory is activated through modular components that are stacked, folded, felted or woven.