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Randall Scott Gallery presents

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Lu Zhang: Meditation, Time and Seduction

April 19th-May 24th
Reception April 19th 6-8pm

Lu Zhang creates highly intricate drawings that explore the nature of time, the structure of objects, and chaos found in structure. Her drawings are both intimate and expansive. She deconstructs her elements into delicate marks, fading watermarks and long, flowing strands of line, utilizing ink, graphite and tar on both paper and panel.

In her first solo exhibition, Zhang presents three dissections of life: Meditation, Time, and Seduction. Her drawings, organic and flowing in free form meditative abstraction pull from a beginning of “Object” and quickly breakdown the elements of structure as her hand, mind and eye spontaneously work in unison to “see” through what is surface. Zhang thus recreates elemental structure and forms a new order to what is around her.

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Time is represented, not as a expansive linear equation, spiraling around a point of origin, but as layers of sediment, debris that collects on a blank surface, a white space that becomes a sculptural platform meant to capture a recording of thought as falling drawings.

In her Opera series, Zhang is drawn to intricate headdresses and costume beards of Chinese Opera characters. These objects themselves were seductive; fine wrapped lines, torqued and pulled, amounting to an abstracted, iconic, dense, and solid form. They are an important signifier of gender, specifically masculinity and the experience that comes with age. Zhang presents an iconographic form, often appearing centrally on the page, almost symmetrical. This image, however, is created though the density of lines, allowing a certain movement and shifting of a seemingly static form.

Lu Zhang is based in Baltimore, MD. She graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2004 and then went on to study at the Institute for American Universities, Aix-en-Provence, France.

Randall Scott Gallery / 1326 14th Street NW / Washington, D.C. 20005 / www.randallscottgallery.com

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