Opening Reception of Muted Landscape
5 – 7PM
Join us at the opening reception of Muted Landscape, a solo exhibition by Zhen Guo. Muted Landscape’s deeply moving, and inherently female presentation will feature a live performance by Luisa Muhr on January 28th.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Gallery 456 is pleased to present Muted Landscape, a solo exhibition by Zhen Guo, curated by Kimberly Reinagel, on view from January 28th to February 18th, 2022. Muted Landscape is comprised of artworks by Guo that redefine traditional Chinese Landscape Ink Paintings as a rich, abstract visual language drawing on themes of identity, feminism, and environmentalism. She breaks through with new techniques, while upholding centuries-long traditions.
Zhen Guo’s practice spans painting, sculpture, textiles and new media. She has developed a body of art that, while distinctly Chinese, reflects influences and experimentations from the West. Noted critic Robert C. Morgan writes, “Guo continues… the fundamental legacy of ink painting as a source of her activity as a feminist, and as an artist politically bound to the past, present and future in equal terms as she reconstructs a forgotten history.”
The works presented in Muted Landscape are a unique representation of the natural world, at once monumental and intimate. These communicate the vastness of mountain ranges, deep valleys and wide fields along with the undulating folds of the human body. Each work is fully formed only by the participation of the viewer, and subtly enfolds references to female figure, and the history of identity, oppression, and violence at the core of every human woman.