A Solo Show by Shellie Zhang
This self-titled solo exhibition at the Gladstone Hotel was selected as part of the Gladstone’s Emerging Artist Program. It features a collection of recent paintings and photo-based works that focus on the every day allure and ritual of femininity. Zhang’s practice is largely informed through the cultural intersections experienced through her identity as a first generation Chinese-Canadian woman. Neapolitan Dreams draws inspiration from the inception of Betty Crocker and the notion of “flesh tone” as a colour; looks at queer rights in the form of a love letter; and Surrogates examines the security of everyday objects. By uniting past and present iconography with the techniques of mass communication, language and sign, Zhang’s work deconstructs notions of tradition, gender, identity, the body, and popular culture while calling attention to these subjects in the context and construction of a multicultural society.
Shellie Zhang is a Toronto-based artist who was born in Beijing and raised in various parts of China, the United States, and Canada. She has exhibited at venues including WORKJAM (Beijing), the OCAD U Student Gallery (Toronto), Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (Toronto), the Living Arts Centre (Mississauga), Videofag Gallery (Toronto), and the 2014 Feminist Art Conference (Toronto). Zhang holds a BA in Visual Studies from the University of Toronto. Recently, she was the focus of Fairchild Television’s New Maple series, which highlights the work and lives of naturalized citizens. She is a recipient of grants such as the RBC Museum Emerging Professional Grant and awards such as the University of Toronto’s Student Engagement in the Arts Award.
Join usfor the Opening reception in our 4th Floor Gallery March 24th 7-10pm.
To see more of her work, visit her website or follow her on social media.