• 15 January – 19 February 2022 Galerie Marguo is pleased to present Obsession, Indifference and Onion Skin, Ziping Wang’s debut... 15 January – 19 February 2022 Galerie Marguo is pleased to present Obsession, Indifference and Onion Skin, Ziping Wang’s debut... 15 January – 19 February 2022 Galerie Marguo is pleased to present Obsession, Indifference and Onion Skin, Ziping Wang’s debut... 15 January – 19 February 2022 Galerie Marguo is pleased to present Obsession, Indifference and Onion Skin, Ziping Wang’s debut... 15 January – 19 February 2022 Galerie Marguo is pleased to present Obsession, Indifference and Onion Skin, Ziping Wang’s debut... 15 January – 19 February 2022 Galerie Marguo is pleased to present Obsession, Indifference and Onion Skin, Ziping Wang’s debut... 15 January – 19 February 2022 Galerie Marguo is pleased to present Obsession, Indifference and Onion Skin, Ziping Wang’s debut...

    15 January – 19 February 2022

     

    Galerie Marguo is pleased to present Obsession, Indifference and Onion Skin, Ziping Wang’s debut solo exhibition with the gallery, on view from 15 January to 19 February 2022. 

     

    Comprising painting, drawing, and collage, Wang’s practice is shaped by the overload of visual information that characterizes the attention economy in the digital sphere, as well as the artist’s enduring interest in the gulfs and slippages between representation and meaning. 

     

    Much like the computer or smartphone screen, Wang’s paintings level and flatten the hierarchy of images into one tantalizingly slick and vibrant surface. Popular snack packaging and old-school video game characters are incorporated alongside Chinese scroll painting motifs, amorphous blobs, and ubiquitous Photoshop symbols, creating Möbius strip-like compositions across which the eyes glide endlessly, without ever finding a point to rest. 

     

    Dates: 15 January – 19 February 2022

    Artist: Ziping Wang

    Full Press Release

  • The new works included in Obsession, Indifference and Onion Skin, which toggle between instant legibility and utter confoundment were created over the past year in Wang’s hometown of Shenyang, China, after nearly a decade of living abroad. The disassociation and estrangement produced by this relocation is aptly reflected in Wang’s intricate, recognizable, yet indecipherable visual configurations.

  • Ziping Wang, Scattered pages (detail), 2021
  • In the large, multi-colored canvases, such as Scattered pages or Whisper in the language of flower (both 2021), commercial iconography interlopes with figures seemingly lifted from Chinese scroll paintings, old-school video game characters, amorphous blobs of color, and shifting grounds of patterned motifs.

     

    The starting point for these works is usually drawn from external visual stimuli, such as seductive food packaging found while strolling supermarket aisles, that the artist encounters while out in the world. 

    • Ziping Wang Scattered pages, 2021 Oil on canvas 140 x 100 cm
      Ziping Wang
      Scattered pages, 2021
      Oil on canvas
      140 x 100 cm
    • Ziping Wang Whisper in the language of flower, 2021 Oil on canvas 100 x 80 cm
      Ziping Wang
      Whisper in the language of flower, 2021
      Oil on canvas
      100 x 80 cm
  • Ziping Wang, Whisper in the language of flower (detail), 2021
  • Ziping Wang, Attempt of figure painting, 2021

    Ziping Wang

    Attempt of figure painting, 2021

     

    This mode of processing one’s physical surroundings mimics the voraciousness of algorithms that indiscriminately log and project our visual consumption back onto us, generating a purely fabricated sense of recognition and meaning. Referencing the screen of a computer or smartphone, the paintings flatten the hierarchy of images into one tantalizingly slick surface; their Möbius strip-like compositions offer no obvious entry or resting point, allowing the eyes to glide endlessly across them. 

  • A suite of four grey and brown monochromatic paintings seem to counterbalance these engulfing and saccharine tableaux, offering a glimpse at the former’s inner lining. Weightless wall, Velvet footstepPlanned coincidence, and Moon paper measure roughly the size of an iPad, engaging the viewer at once in a familiar and more intimate bodily rapport. While also derived from the artist’s impressions of her new environs and daily encounters, they are notably less direct in their representation, constituting instead a surreal landscape of the artist’s inner life and experiences. 

  • Ziping Wang, Weightless wall (detail), 2021
  • Ziping Wang, Velvet footstep (detail), 2021
    • Ziping Wang Weightless wall, 2021 Oil on panel 30 x 24 cm
      Ziping Wang
      Weightless wall, 2021
      Oil on panel
      30 x 24 cm
    • Ziping Wang Velvet footstep, 2021 Oil on panel 30 x 24 cm
      Ziping Wang
      Velvet footstep, 2021
      Oil on panel
      30 x 24 cm
    • Ziping Wang Planned coincidence, 2021 Oil on panel 30 x 24 cm
      Ziping Wang
      Planned coincidence, 2021
      Oil on panel
      30 x 24 cm
    • Ziping Wang Moon paper, 2021 Oil on panel 30 x 24 cm
      Ziping Wang
      Moon paper, 2021
      Oil on panel
      30 x 24 cm
  • Ziping Wang, Planned coincidence (detail), 2021
  • Ziping Wang, Moon paper (detail), 2021
  • In works such as Revolving door and Unforgiving stain, these two realms dance around in the same plane, troubling the...

    In works such as Revolving door and Unforgiving stain, these two realms dance around in the same plane, troubling the divisions between the external and internal, objective, and subjective, while stoking our innate impulse to find cohesion amongst fragmentation. 

     

    Revolving door, 2021

    Oil on canvas

    140 x 100 cm

     

  • Ziping Wang, Revolving door (detail), 2021
    • Ziping Wang Unforgiving stain, 2021 Oil on panel 50 x 40 cm
      Ziping Wang
      Unforgiving stain, 2021
      Oil on panel
      50 x 40 cm
    • Ziping Wang Records of seeing, 2021 Oil on panel 50 x 40 cm
      Ziping Wang
      Records of seeing, 2021
      Oil on panel
      50 x 40 cm
  • Ziping Wang, Unforgiving stain (detail), 2021
  • Ziping Wang, Records of seeing (detail), 2021
    • Ziping Wang Burning glass candle, 2021 Oil on panel 50 x 40 cm
      Ziping Wang
      Burning glass candle, 2021
      Oil on panel
      50 x 40 cm
    • Ziping Wang Distracting clue, 2021 Oil on panel 50 x 40 cm
      Ziping Wang
      Distracting clue, 2021
      Oil on panel
      50 x 40 cm
  • Ziping Wang, Burning glass candle (detail), 2021
  • Ziping Wang, Distracting clue (detail), 2021
  • I am fascinated by the modifications of images: how things are being designed, edited, filtered and spread out into the...

    I am fascinated by the modifications of images: how things are being designed, edited, filtered and spread out into the world. I try to capture the overwhelming moments when every fragment is being changed.

     

     Ziping Wang

    Dusty sunlight, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    100 x 80 cm
  • Ziping Wang, Dusty sunlight (detail), 2021
  • Also on view are a selection of ink and collage drawings. Rendered intuitively, without the temporal restraints of oil paint, the worlds and figures depicted herein seem to spill and bloom across the paper’s surface, emerging from a profound place of interiority and imagination. 

    • Ziping Wang Drawing-202101, 2021 Ink on paper 20 x 15 cm 27.8 x 23.3 x 3 cm (framed)
      Ziping Wang
      Drawing-202101, 2021
      Ink on paper
      20 x 15 cm
      27.8 x 23.3 x 3 cm (framed)
    • Ziping Wang Drawing-202102, 2021 Ink and collage on paper 20 x 15 cm 27.8 x 23.3 x 3 cm (framed)
      Ziping Wang
      Drawing-202102, 2021
      Ink and collage on paper
      20 x 15 cm
      27.8 x 23.3 x 3 cm (framed)
    • Ziping Wang Drawing-202103, 2021 Ink on paper 20 x 15 cm 27.8 x 23.3 x 3 cm (framed)
      Ziping Wang
      Drawing-202103, 2021
      Ink on paper
      20 x 15 cm
      27.8 x 23.3 x 3 cm (framed)
    • Ziping Wang Drawing-202104, 2021 Ink and collage on paper 20 x 15 cm 27.8 x 23.3 x 3 cm (framed)
      Ziping Wang
      Drawing-202104, 2021
      Ink and collage on paper
      20 x 15 cm
      27.8 x 23.3 x 3 cm (framed)
  • Ziping Wang, Innocent stranger (detail), 2021
  • Like the titles of Wang's works, which are chosen a priori and then assigned to completed paintings, or the exhibition's...

    Like the titles of Wang's works, which are chosen a priori and then assigned to completed paintings, or the exhibition's alliterative title which pairs two contrasting words followed by a third utterly unrelated one, Obsession, Indifference and Onion Skin repeatedly lures our senses down familiar and enticing rabbit holes while not only withholding the carrot, but challenging our assumptions that one must exist.

     

    Innocent stranger, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    80 x 60 cm
  • Ziping Wang, Innocent stranger (detail), 2021
  • About the Artist

    About the Artist

     

    Ziping Wang was born in 1995, in Shenyang, China, where she currently lives and works. She holds an MFA from the Pratt Institute, New York, and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

     

    Recent solo and group exhibitions include ‘Utopia’, Peres Project (Berlin, 2021), ‘The Other Landscape’, Unit London (London, 2021); ‘Ziping Wang: 3x3’, Galerie Marguo (Online, 2021); ‘Sentimental Touch’, Unit London (London, 2020); ‘Platform 2020’, Winston Wachter Fine Arts (New York, 2020); ‘ASYAAF’, Gallery LVS, (Seoul, 2020);‘Holiday project 1 Group Show’, Inna Art Space (New York, 2020); ‘The Garden of Forking Path’, The Wall MINI Project space (Beijing, 2019); ‘Daydreaming’, J.Yuan Associates LLC (New York, 2019); ‘Artificial Delicacy’, Gessoisland Artspace (Shenyang, 2019); and ‘37.2’, The Cool Hunter (Beijing, 2019). 

     

    Learn more →

  • Learn more about Ziping Wang 

    Ziping Wang, Weightless wall (detail), 2021