Vivien Zhang

Website: www.vivienzhang.com
Bio:

Vivien Zhang (b. 1990) was born in Beijing and currently lives and works in London. She graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL in 2012 and the Royal College of Art in 2014, and is currently a scholar at the British School in Rome. Zhang’s work looks at the idea of repetition and painting as a site for assemblage. The artwork no longer serves as a place for the narration or representation of an image or scene. It is where elements congregate and collide, and such may be context-specific motifs, residue from activities in the studio, or extractions of previously employed motifs. Some examples include the mathematical shape gömböc, African furniture from her childhood home, crumpled aluminum foil and Victorian medical prints. These motifs intersect in Zhang’s paintings and offer points of interruption within fields of repetition, which serves to emphasize and also makes redundant the reproduced.

The juxtaposition and layering of motifs in Zhang’s work often follow algorithms found in digital imaging tools – a process by-product of our ways of reading and engagement with visual material today. New hierarchies and distances are thus negotiated on the painting surface, as a reflection of our expanding accessibility to images and information today, and as a reflection of our increasing adaptation into trans-border inhabitants.

Vivien Zhang’s work has been exhibited internationally in the UK, Germany, Korea, China and Hong Kong, and are in the Aspen Collection, the St James Group and Swarovski collections. Recent exhibitions include a group presentation at Art Basel (Basel)and a solo presentation at MiArt (Milan); Trembling Surfaces, Long March Space (Beijing); South of Meaning: Travis Jeppesen and Vivien Zhang, House of Egorn (Berlin); Beyond Borders, Blain|Southern (London); Cavity Drift: Vivien Zhang, Galerie Huit (Hong Kong); Surf the Anodyne | The Chadwell Award 2014-15 Exhibition, PSW, the Rum Factory (London). Zhang is shortlisted for the East London Painting Prize 2015, and is the recipient of the Abbey Award at the British School at Rome 2016-17 and the Chadwell Award 2014-15.

Exhibitions:

///Solo and Duo Exhibitions///

2017 Vivien Zhang, curated by Sarah McCrory, Monteverdi (Castiglioncello del Trinoro)
Solo presentation, MiArt (Milan)
2016 South of Meaning: Travis Jeppesen and Vivien Zhang, House of Egorn (Berlin)
Cavity Drift: Vivien Zhang (upcoming), Galerie Huit (Hong Kong)
2015 Vivien Zhang | Surf the Anodyne | The Chadwell Award 2014-15 Exhibition, PSW, The Rum Factory (London)
Deeper Bite: Teresita Dennis | Vivien Zhang, Lychee One (London)
Booth presentation, Art Central (Hong Kong)
2014 Laurence Owen | Vivien Zhang, Rook & Raven (London)
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///Selected Group Exhibitions///

2017 Group presentation, Art Basel (Base)
All As Long Distance Neighbours, curated by Marialuisa Pastò, Soyuz (Pescara)
March Mostra, British School at Rome (Rome)
2016 Trembling Surfaces, Long March Space (Beijing)
December Mostra, British School at Rome (Rome)
Cue Collision, House of Egorn | London Lounge (London)
Beyond Borders, in aid of UNICEF Next Generation, Blain|Southern (London)
Paper | Publication | Performance, Lychee One (London)

2015 Visions from a New Generation (in collaboration with Swarovski), Lane Crawford (Shanghai)
Repeat | Spiral, Renke Gallery (Hangzhou)
East London Painting Prize 2015, The Rum Factory (London)
Mapping in Memory, House of Egorn (Berlin)

2014 A New Circle, Forbidden City Gallery (Shanghai)
Saatchi New Sensations 2014, Victoria House (London)
RCA Show 2014, Royal College of Art (London)
Saatchi Showdown In Glorious Colour, Griffin Gallery (London)