Aesthetic of Surfaces
Shellie Zhang's Aesthetic of Surfaces examines the many ways that complex notions of identity and place are translated or mistranslated through mass produced goods. Zhang's series of images and vinyl wallpaper installations depict merchandise collected from Chinatowns and ornate Chinese floral motifs that comment on the markers of femininity and exoticism that are perpetuated by mundane objects. This project leads us to questions of intention, cultural exchange and who has the power to culturally borrow from whom.
Exhibition Dates: September 15 to November 25
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 22 - 2 to 4pm
Exhibition hours: Friday to Sunday - 12 to 4pm
On Saturday September 22, join us for a conversation between artists Shellie Zhang and Meera Sethi. We'll meet at 12pm at Meera's mural, Intersections, at the NW corner of Church and Wellesley, and then convene at the Glad Day Bookshop (499 Church Street).
At 1pm, a FREE bus will depart from Glad Day for the opening reception of Shellie Zhang's exhibition, Aesthetic of Surfaces, at the Bradley Museum. The bus will depart the Bradley Museum at 3pm and drop off at MOCA's grand opening (158 Sterling Road in Toronto).
Image credit: Shellie Zhang, Red Canteen #5, #2, #3 from the Aesthetic of Surfaces series, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.
We would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.