MOCATALKS: Drawing with Oil, Ink and Soy Sauce with Zhang Hongtu
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 from 2pm – 3:30pm
Admissions: $15 Adult; $10 seniors, members, students, K-12 teachers (with ID)
What happens when soy sauce meets rice paper? How do you paint with ink in the style of Monet? What decisions does an artist make during the artistic process? From oil painting to soy sauce art, artist Zhang Hongtu demonstrates his techniques and discusses how to creatively experiment with different materials and medium.
About the Artist
Zhang Hongtu was born into a Muslim family in Gansu, China in 1943. Zhang graduated from the Central Academy of Arts and Crafts in Beijing1969. In 1981, he traveled to Mogao Caves in Dunhuang to study Buddhist mural painting. He has lived in the U.S. since 1982. From the mid 1980s to the mid 90s, Zhang created paintings, sculptures and mixed media installations utilizing Mao’s image to express his ideas about Communist China and the Cultural Revolution. In the last decade, Zhang‘s works have come to question complex relationships between the traditions of old China and the West today. His most recent works focus on the relationship between nature and the human condition. Zhang has exhibited extensively, including shows at the Havana Biennial, PS1 Museum in New York, the New Museum in New York, the Guangzhou Triennial, the Princeton University Art Museum, the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts and the Museu Picasso in Barcelona.
This program is held in conjunction with MOCA’s exhibition, Oil & Water: Reinterpreting Ink.