October 7–30, 2022
Artist's reception: Saturday October 8, 5-8pm
Zen Du received her MFA from SFAI, San Francisco, CA, her BFA from ASU, Boone, NC, and her Bachelor of Linguistics from VSU, Voronezh, Russia. Zen has been engaged in art making all her life. Trained as a classical painter during her stay in Russia, she has been introduced to abstract painting when she moved to the US. Painting has been a mean for her to explore immanent information that goes beyond limitations of language and conventional logic. The study of unconscious impulses and the exploration of authentic qualities of materials have been stimulating her interdisciplinary approach to art making and led to her desire to create environments or sequences of artworks rather than individual artworks. Zen makes sculptures, installations, paintings, textile designs, and utilizes found objects.
In recent years, Zen’s interests have concentrated on the recognition of the ordinary dignity rooted in practices permeating people’s daily life. Zen’s work emerges from her interest in rewriting the narrative of passive cultural consumerism. In her visual creative practice, she utilizes irony to undermine the existing causal processes, and abstraction to strip off iconic elements of culture from its fabricated value by assigning it a new unequivocal beauty. She believes that there is no uniform accessibility of objects of any kind, no matter how ordinary they may seem, and that art’s primary occupation is to evade the knowing grasp.