Catharine Clark Gallery: Wanxin Zhang ‘Fahrenheit’

by Admin on 02/28/2014

11/18/2017 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Catharine Clark Gallery
248 Utah Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Wanxin Zhang | Fahrenheit

November 18 – January 20, 2018

Catharine Clark Gallery presents Fahrenheit, an exhibition of new ceramic sculptures by Wanxin Zhang, on view November 18, 2017 to January 20, 2018.

As with Totem, Zhang’s 2014 exhibition at the gallery, Fahrenheit examines the hybridities and disruptions triggered by cross-cultural exchange. Zhang’s clay figures and landscapes continue to reference Chinese art historical traditions as well as the aesthetics of the Bay Area Figurative Movement and California Funk, an amalgamation that reflects the artist’s history of political disillusionment​, expatriation and subsequent relocation to San Francisco.

The juxtapositions at play –  between architecture and landscape, figuration and abstraction, Western and non-Western forms – suggest a constant cycle in which vying forces – whether political, structural or environmental – attempt to supplant one another.

Fahrenheit also marks the debut of the artist’s first video works, which depict unfired ceramic works as they dissolve in water, a visual metaphor for precarity and possibilities suggested throughout the exhibition.

Join us for an opening reception with artist talk on Saturday, November 18 from 3 – 6pm.