Jing Zhang: DAILY TREATMENT
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 5, 2020, 6 – 8 pm
March 3, 2020 - April 10, 2020
Sojourner Gallery, 178 Bleecker Street 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012
Saturday-Sunday 11 am-6 pm,
or by appointment via NewYork@sojournergallery.com
Sojourner Gallery is pleased to announce DAILY TREATMENT, a solo exhibition of New York-based artist Jing Zhang. Zhang's work features her struggle between memories and reality, seeking a cultural identity in an unfamiliar environment.
In the polaroid series Daily Treatment, Zhang uses acrylics and watercolors to fill in missing parts of naturally-faded polaroid photographs, creating new "fake scenes" on blurred images. Moving to New York and escaping her accustomed life generated a feeling of fear for the unknown. When she took the photos, she indicated the time and her mood in the blank portion of the polaroid paper. In her later attempt to reproduce and revise her experiences, the details of the memory might be inadvertently modified... How can this improvised "self-identity" be defined?
The watercolor series Daily Treatment: A person walks so deeply in the disease that his days turn into flickering sparks is a recording of the artist's self-dialogue as she searches for the fragments of memory. As an artist, Zhang is extremely sensitive to the physical environment. During her years of traveling around the world, she gradually unblocked bottlenecks in her creation and moved out of her comfort zone. Zhang began to use watercolors to continuously construct images and trace memories, realizing the close connection between memories and the present.
Zhang's artistic practice is devoted to constructing an ideal world in different contexts and defining her own identity by visually capturing the surrounding environment. When the viewers are exposed to the works of Daily Treatment, they are already separated from the real world and enters Zhang’s constructed realm, which existed to release her memories.
This exhibition will be on view from March 5, 2020, to April 20, 2020, with an opening reception on Thursday, March 5, 6 – 8 pm. Please join us in celebrating Jing Zhang’s solo exhibition.
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