Klein Sun Residency in New York City

Round table discussion by Adriel Luis, Curator at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

July 30 – August 28, 2014

 Curator at the Asian Pacific American Center at the Smithsonian, Adirel Luis, addresses the particpants at roundtable discussion

Wen Hao (center) and Zhang Yue (center right) during the Residency's roundtable discussion

 Zhang Yue
It Is What He Likes?, 2014
4 documents, 63 digital photos. Edition of 3 + 1 A

 Wen Hao
30/No24, 2014
Yellow paper, American Flag, colored thumbtacks. Edition of 3
19 5/8 x 23 5/8 inches; 7 7/8 x 11 3/4 inches (50 x 60 cm; 20 x 30 cm)

Press Release

Klein Sun Gallery, in collaboration with the Supporting Active Young Artist Project (SAYA), is delighted to announce the commencement of its residency program for contemporary Chinese artists with an Open Studio event for resident artists Zhang Yue and Wen Hao on Thursday, August 28th from 6-8pm.

A Roundtable Discussion with Zhang Yue and Wen Hao will also be held from 5-6:30pm on August 28th. The discussion will be hosted by guest speaker Adriel Luis, Curator at the Asian Pacific American Center at the Smithsonian. The two Chinese artists' experiences in New York will be discussed and, in turn, today's definition of "American Art" will be questioned. Both artists will personally introduce their artworks prior to the discussion. Public participation is encouraged.

Zhang Yue is an artist dedicated to pushing the boundaries of art as it is understood through traditional viewing arenas like museums, galleries, and public collections. During his residency, he has focused on expanding the definition of art through works that classify as not only experimental, but experiential. Only through creating a beautiful, life-changing moment that affects the entirety of one's existence is Zhang satisfied with the work he produces.

Wen Hao is a cutting-edge sculptor whose work focuses on the most basic form of objects and highlights the intricate, stunning, and natural beauty found within the commonplace and mundane aspects of human life. Toying with his already rich experience utilizing paper, Wen Hao has found inspiration in everyday, household American items like paper bags and paper towels. His use of these daily products affords insight into a world of the fantastic that is overlooked as we rush through our lives.

Residuals: Chinese Transnationalism in American Art

I chose the term "residual" because its general definition refers to remaining fragments or quantities after a process (another term could be "residue"). I see this occurring in the artists' residency, where their experiences in NYC will not only affect the work they create here, but also be embedded in their future works when they return to China. Similarly, the work of international artists who come to the U.S. to work and present ultimately affect cultures and approaches in American Art. 

- Adriel Luis, Curator at the Asian Pacific American Center at the Smithsonian