AODAN: Salome Syndrome
LATITUDE Gallery is pleased to present Salome Syndrome, Aodan's first solo exhibition at LATITUDE Gallery. Aodan's ceramic work from earlier this year, in conjunction with some of her work from 2019, will be exhibited in Salome Syndrome.
On her way of striving to explore, redefine and externalize femininity and “femaleness”, Aodan is intrigued by the unique quality of porcelain: it’s extremely vulnerable and delicate while still hard and strong; it could break into pieces easily but cuts deeply when shattered. Combining the materiality and discipline in making art, Aodan moved into a stage of “free interpretation symbolism”, believing that she should stay loyal to the creed that art should be an organic combination abundant with personal metaphors and symbols; art is about experiences rather than conversations; art is never expository but open-ended.
Aodan’s body of work delves into the complicated tableaux with aggressiveness, gentleness, fragility, softness, toughness, struggles, emotions and pain within femininity and female gender in delicate and cryptic looks. She digs into the neglected, unorthodox, forgotten and hidden parts in “Yin” out of love, desire and fear.
Aodan (born. Hohhot, China) is a visual artist who is more willing to call herself an ‘escapist’ and ‘art sharman’. She graduated from Oberlin College with a bachelor degree in visual arts and School of Art Institute of Chicago with a master degree in fashion, body and garment. Her works have been exhibited in multiple shows in the USA and included in magazines from Turkey, United Kingdom and Spain.
Shihui Zhou（b.Tangshan, China ) Curator Shihui Zhou was born and raised in China, where she attended Tsinghua University in Beijing for her bachelor’s degree. Moving to the United States for graduate study, Zhou worked closely under American visual artist Nick Cave at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Zhou moved to New York for the artist residency in the Textile Arts Center shortly after her graduation in 2018. So far she has curated many exhibitions in New York. At the beginning of this year, Zhou founded the LATITUDE Gallery New York committed to ensuring opportunities for young artists and curators. Also as an active working artist herself, Shihui’s works have been not only shown both in the US and overseas, as well featured in the New York Times and other well-known art publications. Zhou is now working and living in Brooklyn, NY, USA.
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