Sugar Coated By Ying Zhu

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Art League Houston says
Art League Houston is excited to present 'Sugar Coated', a site-specific installation by Nebraska-based artist Ying Zhu in the ALH Front Gallery. The exhibition features an installation of sculptural forms wrapped in cotton candy that will flow throughout the gallery space. Due to the nature of the material, the installation will slowly change color and form throughout the duration of the show.

“Sugar Coated aims to create a familiar yet novel environment that stimulates the searching nature within us” says the artists. “Novel environments permit us to become conscious of the acts we take for granted, such as speaking, walking or gesturing. These situations can cause an immediate shifting of gears, and we suddenly feel like foreigners in our own body. I’m trying to create something that we can relate to based on our own experiences and perspectives. My hope is that the viewer will have an engaging experience within the kinesthetic spaces that I create, leaving somehow empowered to take ownership of one’s place, wherever it may be on the creative spectrum”.

Special thanks to Sky High Party Rentals.

ABOUT YING ZHU

Ying Zhu was born in Lanzhou, China in 1979 and graduated with an MFA from the Studio Art department of University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 2010. Zhu’s work has always been tied to the self in the context of the world around us. In her site-specific installations, she methodically draws out the relationships between action and consequence. Her practice takes her from rural China to Omaha, Nebraska, where she currently lives and works.

A former artist-in-residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and Vermont Studio Center, 2013, and at Headland Center for the Arts, 2014, Zhu regularly collaborates with established organizations. Her recent work includes a mural crafted solely out of lego bricks for Project Harmony, a non-profit dedicated to preventing child abuse. The University of Nebraska also invited Zhu to create a piece for their Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, resulting in an immersive installation constructed of tinted mirror shards. She participated in the Klein Sun Residency at Millers Falls Art Bridge in 2015.

Her work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions including “Crumbs of Tenderness,” Lied Gallery, Creighton University, Omaha, NE (2014); “Return As Departure,” Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE (2014); “Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining,” Union for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE (2014); and “Please Watch Your Step,” Museum of Nebraska Art, Omaha, NE (2013). Group exhibitions include “Magical Thinking,” Roots Division, San Francisco, CA (2014); “Process,” Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, LA (2013); III Moscow Young Art Biennale, Moscow, Russia (2012); “Mind the Gap,” Neukolln Art Festival Nacht Und Nebel, Berlin, Germany (2011).
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