Control is the solo exhibition of Chinese artist Zhao Zhao – his first solo presentation in Southeast Asia. Featuring new sculpture and embroidery works, the exhibition will showcase two of Zhao Zhao’s iconic series: his Control series and Constellations series.
Manifest in the works of Zhao Zhao is a persistent interest in Chinese history, tradition, craft, culture and a keen observation of life. Juxtaposing the speed (and ferocity) of industry and technology with the deliberateness and delicateness of craft, the two series presented in the exhibition, Control (2015–) and Constellations (2008–), are evocative of forms of desistance from the conditions of living in a “modern” capitalised world of conformity.
We witness in the artist’s Control series, an exploration on the theme of control specifically focused the collective consciousness of people. This theme is projected through the common gourd, an organic material that the artist had let grow unnaturally in a casted mould, forcing the gourds to grow into a shape controlled by human will. When we look at this series’ overarching idea, life on both individual and collective levels have become deeply controlled by power. Human beings are also placed under the covert and especially effective manipulation of all kinds of
‘power installations’. Just as young gourds encapsulated into moulds, life, as it grows, gradually reaches a state that the majority pervasively acknowledges.
The ongoing series, Constellations, originated from Zhao Zhao’s fascination with the twisting cracks emanated by the impact of his body against the glass windshield after being in a motor accident in 2008. Through studying the patterns and visuals of the breaking glass, the artist explores the repeated, forceful, violent efforts that proved futile against political, social and/or economic resistances.
Opening Reception: Friday, 20 September 2019, 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Mizuma Gallery, Lock Road #01-34, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108939, Singapore
Hours: Tue – Sat: 11 am – 7 pm
Sun: 11 am – 6 pm, Closed on Mon and Public Holidays
When: 20 Sep - 20 Oct 2019,
By: Mizuma Gallery