Saturday, August 27, 2011

STRANGE STORIES FROM A CHINESE STUDIO


JESSICA JANG

SEPTEMBER 3-25 2011

DR. SUN YAT-SEN CLASSICAL CHINESE GARDEN

The garden is a man-made space where we, as humans, negotiate our relationship with nature, our fascination with observation, and our desire to influence the behaviour of our environment. A garden itself is a minute representation of the natural world. The Ming Dynasty garden exemplifies the complexity between physical and spiritual connectivity to nature. The sensitive equilibrium between tangibility and ethereality is what generates ongoing interest in the classical Chinese garden.

This exhibition investigates the space within the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Garden through multiple perspectives- the historical, the contemporary, and the imagined. Each piece in the exhibit acts as a viewfinder revealing the microcosmic as well as the macrocosmic nature of this garden. This series of works is inspired by the folklore of P'u Sung-Ling, Chinese myths, documented occurrences during the construction of the Dr. Sun Yat Sen garden, and observational drawings.

The title of this exhibition is borrowed from the book of the same name by the Qing dynasty writer, P'u Sung-Ling. The use of the title denotes the myth that artists create for themselves within the realm of the studio and the inexplicable process of art-making. The self-reflexivity of the title also refers to the series being created within an historic block of Chinatown, a few steps away from the garden itself.

My hope is that the viewer will discover new entry ways into exploring the functionality of the garden after observing these drawings and paintings.


Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
578 Carrall Street
Vancouver, BC
Canada

Opening Times:
7 days a week
10am-6pm

*By donation after 5.30pm*

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

These Days


Beware folks, Jessica Jang is up to stuff. After a nutzoid July of full time work in addition to 20-30 hours per week in the studio, I've escaped to Europe once again. I spent my first week in London and now I'm in the Czech Republic chillaxin'. I'm still working on a few post-studio activities, working on one more drawing, and making arrangements for my solo exhibition in September, but it's mostly been casual times. Cooking, baking, hiking, picking fruit, hanging out with fun people and walking animals have filled up my days.


I made some finger sized hot dogs before I left Vancouver, as peace offerings.


This is a work in progress. In my packing haze, I made the doofus move of bringing four HB pencils with me. Argh. I'm a 6B/8B kind of kid, so when I finally buckled down to work, this made procrastinating much more desirable.


Turtle walking.

Blurry Teasers



Here are some poorly documented snippets from my new series, Strange Stories From a Chinese Studio. COMING TO YOU SEPTEMBER 2011! Top image courtesy of an anonymous child.