ZHANG MIAO: MR GRUEL
13.11.2021 - 20.01.2022
A hearth is the place in a home where a fire is or was traditionally kept for home heating, for cooking. In November, inside the metal booth that we call Chocolat, the need for warmth and comfort is acute and Zhang Miao offers us such a hearth. He approaches architecture at its core, treating the space as what it is, a given, a chance to use its limitations to their best, connecting his work to the very idea of the Sandwich space.
Zhang Miao often refers to a witness, becoming the witness, not as in viewer but as in the actual object to be viewed, which becomes a multiple: the ice-cream cones are also the lovely monster’s teeth; The witness hat is also a traffic light. On the back wall, cat eyes work as an on/off switch, making us aware of their gaze, making sure we know they are watching. Zhang Miao has little faith in the interactive quality of artworks, so he often chooses not to immerse the viewer, but instead to remind them of the inherent gap between spaces.
The exhibition is open by appointment until 20.01.2022 at
Combinatul Fondului Plastic
str. Băiculești 29, Sector 1, Bucharest, Romania
Zhang Miao (b.1985, Beijing) creates objects and installations through which he accepts contradictions and intentionally reintroduces elements and mediums that run counter to contemporary taste. Recent solo exhibitions include HALO, CLC Gallery Venture, Beijing (2020); It's Your Moment, Enjoy It, C5798, Beijing (2018); Razzle Dazzle, C-Space, Beijing (2016). He was recently part of the group exhibitions Composite Leviathan-12 Emerging Artists from China, Luring Augustine Gallery, New York, U.S.A.; Happy People, Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing; Garage Sale, Sandwich, Bucharest (all in 2019).
Special THANK YOU:
ZHOU YI & CLC GALLERY VENTURE, BEIJING
This event is part of the Program “Sandwich Club 20-21”. A cultural program co-funded by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The program does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The AFCN is not responsible for the content of the program or the manner in which the results of the program may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the funding recipient.