March 16 – July 14, 2019
Member Preview Night: Friday, March 15, 2019
Wanxin Zhang was born in ChangChun in China, and spent his formative years in the 1960’s and 70’s under Mao’s regime. He was part of the first generation to receive a formal art education in college subsequent to the Cultural Revolution in 1976. After moving to California in the early 1990s, Zhang was inspired by the work of Peter Voulkos, Robert Arneson and Stephen De Staebler.
The work in this exhibition celebrates the artist’s signature style—a hybrid of Bay Area Figurative/California Funk influence and nods to Chinese history. Zhang’s monumental clay figures are at once irreverent and troubling, evoking the tension (and delusion) inherent in globalization, xenophobia, politics and power. He demonstrates this through his mastery of the malleable qualities of clay, reshaping traditional symbols and iconography with contemporary pop culture.
In partnership with the Catharine Clark Gallery.