Wanxin Zhang: The Long Journey
Wanxin Zhang: The Long Journey commemorates the artist’s first museum solo presentation in San Francisco. The catalog surveys Zhang’s ceramic sculpture from 2006 to 2017 and celebrates the artist’s signature style—a hybrid of California Funk influence and nods to Chinese history. Zhang’s monumental clay figures are at once irreverent and troubling, evoking the tension inherent in globalization, politics and power. Zhang demonstrates this through his mastery of the malleable qualities of clay, reshaping traditional symbols and iconography with contemporary Western popular culture.
Catalog essay by Deborah Bishop