RUXUE ZHANG

April 20 - June 15, 2019
Artist Reception: Saturday, April 20 4-6 PM

CULT Aimee Friberg Exhibitions is delighted to present Seeing is Forgetting, Ruxue Zhang’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Zhang’s paintings explore the philosophical and the metaphysical, her subject matter could be defined as an observation on the act of looking. Seeing is Forgetting opens April 20 and runs through May 18, with an artist reception on Saturday April 20, from 4-6 PM.

Whether depicting moonlight on hands, various renderings of a tesseract, celestial bodies or un-folded paper with zeros and ones suggesting one's place in our solar system, Zhang’s work offers a moment to reflect on the significance we give to the objects that give us perspective. Zhang meticulously renders moments over and again, referencing previous paintings through a mediated layer of time and space. Using humor and nostalgia, Zhang’s work floats between the familiar and the bizarre. Toilet bowls, lovingly rendered, float in space, and faceless figures embody empty architectural spaces. Zhang’s process utilizes photography and depictions of paintings within paintings within paintings to alter time and space and present an uncanny reality that defies easy answers.

Ruxue Zhang was born in 1992 in Wenzhou, China. She received her BFA from Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 2015, and her MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2018. Her work has been exhibited at Root Division, Embark Gallery, and Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco, at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, at Cal State University in Los Angeles, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing and at the CAFA Museum in Beijing. Zhang has multiple works in the collection of CAFA Museum in Beijing, and the Ministry of Education in China. She lives in works in San Francisco, CA.

Image credit: Ruxue Zhang, Blue Gloves 2, 2019, Oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches, courtesy of CULT Aimee Friberg Exhibitions
Blue Gloves, 2019, Oil on canvas, 30 x 30 inches
Flow My Tears, 2019, Oil on canvas, 28 x 22 inches
Whole Earth Catalog, 2016, Oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches
The Tesseract 4, 2018, Oil on panel, 12 x 12 inches
You Are Here, 2016, Oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches
Seeing Is Forgetting, 2018, Oil on canvas, 24 x 20 inches
You Are Here, 2018, Oil on canvas, 36 x 24 inches
Studies, 2019, Oil on canvas, 24 x 24 inches
The Tesseract 3, 2018, Oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches
Blue Gloves 4, 2019, Oil on panel, 8 x 8 inches
Saturn 2, 2018, Oil on canvas, 10 x 10 inches

Current

We’re all in this together
August 14 - September 19, 2020

Beyond Words
June 26 - August 29, 2020

Past

Ritual of Succession
January 10 - March 28, 2020

Record of Succession at fused space
January 13 - March 27, 2020

AMY NATHAN: Glyph Slipper
September 13 - December 7, 2019

FEMALE TROUBLE 2
June 28 - August 3, 2019

RUXUE ZHANG
April 20 - June 15, 2019

MASAKO MIKI: Shapeshifters
January 12 - March 23, 2019

JASKO BEGOVIC (SKO HABIBI): HUMAN_E.T.
November 30 - December 14, 2019

REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN: See You On The Flipside
September 8 - November 25, 2018

FEMALE TROUBLE
June 9 - July 28, 2018

TERRI LOEWENTHAL: Psychscapes
March 2 - May 19, 2018

VECINOS
October 27, 2017 - January 20, 2018

RHONDA HOLBERTON: Still Life
January 10 – March 4, 2017

REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN: Release Me
October 21 - December 10, 2016

NO SHOW MUSEUM: Yves Klein, Maria Eichhorn, Daniel Knorr, Etc.
One Night Only: Monday, October 17, 2016

DESIRÉE HOLMAN: Selected Works
September 17 - October 8, 2016

SHE MOONAGE DAYDREAM:
Facundo Argañaraz, Leah Guadagnoli, Desirée Holman, Kara Joslyn, Max Maslansky, Liz Robb, Tamra Seal, Emily Weiner, & Cate White

July 16 - August 20, 2016

PABLO DÁVILA: Ladies & Gentlemen,
We Are Floating In Space

May 13 - July 9, 2016

MASAKO MIKI: Conversations with Fox, Feather, and Ghost
March 4 - April 30, 2016

SUZY POLING: Total Internal Reflection
January 15 - February 27, 2016

DAN GLUIBIZZI: You Don’t Have to be Alone Tonight
November 6 – December 19, 2015

FRANCESCO IGORY DEIANA: Haptic Render
September 11- October 31, 2015

SEXXXITECTURE: Daniel Gerwin, Rebekah Goldstein, Roman Liška, Max Maslansky, May Wilson & Jake Ziemann
July 1 - August 1, 2015

ADAM SORENSEN: In Situ
May 1 - June 27, 2015

KLARA KÄLLSTRÖM & THOBIAS FÄLDT: Village / High Hills
February 27 - April 25, 2015

PRINCE RAMA: How To Live Forever
January 25 – February 21, 2015

JOSEPH DUMBACHER & JOHN DUMBACHER: Divert (Out of Line)
November 7, 2014 – January 16, 2015

REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN: Passenger
September 12 – November 1, 2014

A PATTERN LANGUAGE: Michelle Grabner, Angie Wilson & Lena Wolff
June 20 - July 19, 2014

MICHELLE BLADE: Gathering Into Being
April 25th – June 7th, 2014

MIGUEL ARZABE: /*Reject Algorithms*/
March 7 – April 19, 2014

JACQUELINE KIYOMI GORDON: Drawings
March 7 – April 19, 2014

FRITZ CHESNUT: Purr Valley
& Rhonda Holberton

January 10 - February 22, 2014

UNSEEN: Miya Ando, Miguel Arzabe, Chris Duncan, Klea Mckenna & Dean Smith
November 10 - December 21, 2013

Past Off-Site Exhibitions

RHONDA HOLBERTON: Still Life 2
April 7 - May 26, 2018

LAS COSAS QUE PINTAN / PAINTING IN AN EXPANSIVE FIELD
Works by Miguel Arzabe & Juan Sorrentino

April 9 – May 17, 2015

EBB: Gina Borg and Chris Russell at Loczi Design
December 10, 2014