DAQI as Medium

November 8, 2018 - January 28, 2019

Wenzhi Zhang

Wenzhi Zhang, ceramicist, sculptor, lacquer artist, and author is a Professor at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts where she is the head of the Ceramics Department and founder of the ceramics workshop and studio. She is also a Distinguished Professor supervising Masters and Ph.D. candidates at Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute. She has been a Professor at Lake Superior College, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Zhang was awarded a Ph.D. from Seoul National University of Science and Technology and conducted post-doctoral studies at Dongbank Culture Graduate University, Seoul. Her publications include: A Study on Public Art Systems Theory; New Mankind; Contemporary Ceramic Art and Design; The World of Lacquer; Duality: Stoneware and Bronze; Art of Modern Materials; and Clay Class. Zhang's extensive exploration in the fields of lacquer, stoneware, and public art has led to a unique artistic style that has won her numerous international awards including "Outstanding Contribution Award" from the New York City Council in 2016. Her work is in important private collections including that of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Her lacquer and sculpture works are also in renowned public institutions including the National Art Museum of China, the National Gallery of Norway, the National Museum of Malaysia and the Asia Society and Museum of New York. In 2015, the Wenzhi Zhang Sculpture Garden opened to the public at Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York.

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About the Exhibit

Wenzhi Zhang's artwork convenes with life, driven by her intuitions and perceptions. She can be considered a Renaissance woman, embracing all variety of materials to create unique art forms. Her work conveys a philosophy rooted in her historical and sociological upbringing. Zhang's work should not only be examined as a presentation but as a presence, expressive of her self-being tied inseparably to her personality, a fundamental position from which she views human experience.

For thousands of years, Chinese artists have been constantly developing artistic expressions, evident even in the most utilitarian vessels. Wenzhi Zhang reaches another level in this long, honorable tradition and her social interpretations have added new dimensions to the meaning of art. We cannot describe her work better than Dr. Zhenhua Sun, Dean of the Shenzhen Sculpture Institute, who stated that Zhang strives to move us through her art's tensile force while reflecting the world in her heart. The use of deep colors in all of her work articulate way of life as a pursuit of happiness, in contrast to the struggle with the materials she puts to her service in order to express her aesthetic vision.

Each work speaks volumes about her feeling for life and draws us nearer to human relationships within our own promixity, as our chief point of reference. She describes the accumulation of the work in her studio akin to a family. Wenzhi's creative style goes beyond the meaning of unique in the sense that each piece has its own place within the whole and each can stand on its own. Like a parent, she feels it is her place to protect her works while they are maturing and to teach us the way they should take part in our lives.

  • The Cloud-Chinese 01
  • Wenzhi Zhang
  • mother-of-pearl, toner, wood, ramie, tile ash
  • 15.7 x 23.6 x 1.57 inches
  • 2017
  • The Cloud-Chinese 02
  • Wenzhi Zhang
  • mother-of-pearl, gold foil, toner, wood, ramie, tile ash, silver foil
  • 15.7 x 23.6 x 1.57 inches
  • 2018
  • The Cloud-Chinese 03
  • Wenzhi Zhang
  • mother-of-pearl, toner, wood, ramie, tile ash
  • 15.7 x 23.6 x 1.57 inches
  • 2018
  • The Cloud-Chinese 04
  • Wenzhi Zhang
  • mother-of-pearl, toner, wood, ramie, tile ash
  • 15.7 x 23.6 x 1.57 inches
  • 2018
  • The Cloud-Chinese 05
  • Wenzhi Zhang
  • mother-of-pearl, toner, wood, ramie, tile ash
  • 15.7 x 23.6 x 1.57 inches
  • 2018
  • The Cloud-Chinese 6
  • Wenzhi Zhang
  • mother-of-pearl, toner, wood, ramie, tile ash
  • 15.7x 23.6 x 1.57 inches
  • 2018
  • The Cloud-Chinese 7
  • Wenzhi Zhang
  • mother-of-pearl, toner, wood, ramie, tile ash
  • 31.5 x 47.2 x 2.4 inches
  • 2018
  • The Cloud-Chinese 8
  • Wenzhi Zhang
  • mother-of-pearl, toner, wood, ramie, tile ash
  • 31.5 x 78.74 x 2.4 inches
  • 2018
  • The Cloud-Chinese 9
  • Wenzhi Zhang
  • Ottchil, mother-of-pearl, toner, wood, ramie, tile ash
  • 31.5 x 78.74 x 2.4 inches
  • 2018
  • The Cloud-Chinese 10
  • Wenzhi Zhang
  • Ottchil, mother-of-pearl, toner, wood, ramie, tile ash
  • 31.5 x 78.74 x 2.4 inches
  • 2018
  • The Cloud-Chinese 11
  • Wenzhi Zhang
  • mother-of-pearl, toner, wood, ramie, tile ash
  • 27.2x 27.2 x 2.4 inches
  • 2018
  • Dream Firmament- Black
  • Wenzhi Zhang
  • mother-of-pearl, wood, ramie, tile ash
  • 71 x 71 x 2.4 inches
  • 2017
  • Dream Firmament- Red
  • Wenzhi Zhang
  • mother-of-pearl, toner, wood, ramie, tile ash
  • 71 x 71 x 2.4 inches
  • 2017
  • Dream Firmament- White
  • Wenzhi Zhang
  • mother-of-pearl, toner, wood, ramie, tile ash
  • 71 x 71 x 2.4 inches
  • 2017
  • Landscape 126
  • Wenzhi Zhang
  • Natural lacquer, toner, wood, fiber
  • 15.7 x 23.6 x 1.57 inches
  • 2014
  • Landscape 163
  • Wenzhi Zhang
  • Natural lacquer, toner, wood, fiber, eggshell, mother-of-pearl inlay, gold foil, silver foil
  • 94.4 x 86.6 x 2.4 inches
  • 2013
  • Landscape 190
  • Wenzhi Zhang
  • Natural lacquer, gold foil, toner, wood, ramie, tile ash
  • 74.8 x 74.8 x3.1 inches
  • 2015
  • Landscape 213
  • Wenzhi Zhang
  • Natural lacquer, toner, wood, fiber
  • 15.7 x 23.6 x 1.57 inches
  • 2014