Both Holly Roberts and Wanxin Zhang reconstruct reality by repurposing it. Roberts, one of New Mexico’s most influential contemporary artists, photographs nature and elements of our physical world. She doesn’t re-present the imagery she photographs; she constructs entirely new images using magnified tiny areas of texture. While her images are undeniably residential in her personal interior world, they evoke “memory” or “connection” in all of us, because we recognize something familiar in them. Sometimes a tiny swath of a hair becomes an enlarged mass of texture in a bold, large, Roberts image. While we don’t immediately identify what part of nature the textured area represents in reality, it speaks to us of humanity and a richness we all share.
The terra cotta warriors found in Xian, buried near Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, largely influence Zhang, a Chinese artist. As a ceramicist, when he first saw these warriors that protected the burial site of the emperor, he was struck by the individuality displayed in every single sculpture. The fact that artists took such great care to give different human attributes to each warrior, lent reverence to their task. Zhang sees his “warriors” as all of us—contemporary man and woman. He imbues each of his “warriors” with symbols indicating contemporary life, such as spectacles, binoculars, and skateboards. He uses the same techniques with his clay and glazes, as the artist’s millennia ago, thereby referencing the past while making a statement about contemporary life.
This exhibition explores the ties between the artists using amalgamation of old and new. In the case of Holly Roberts she uses old images in new constructions, whereas Wanxin Zhang uses old history in the new context.
Opening Reception Friday, June 3, 2016 from 5 to 7pm
[n.b. that this event takes place in Santa Fe]
Located at the Fashion Industry Gallery, adjacent to the Dallas Museum of Art in the revitalized downtown arts district. Featuring new works by gallery artists Fausto Fernandez, Hung Liu, Squeak Carnwath, Drew Tal, Jamie Brunson, Rusty Scruby, Edward Lentsch, Wanxin Zhang, Suzanne Sbarge, Karen Yank, Scott Greene, Holly Roberts, and more! Fair hours are Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16 respectively, from 11am to 7pm, and Sunday, April 17 from 12pm to 6pm, with an opening preview gala Thursday, April 14.
A link to the Dallas Art Fair is here.
Turner Carroll Gallery is excited to conclude the summer season with a group exhibition, “Survival,” presenting work by Traian Filip, Hung Liu, Georges Mazilu, Igor Melnikov, Wanxin Zhang, and Nele Zirnite. In this exhibition, we will celebrate the work of artists who escaped the oppression of their birthplace and learned to survive and flourish in a new home by translating their stories through art. These artists used their artistic practice as their means of survival, and by sharing their visual histories, they inspire us all.