Lu Zhang

張 璐



October 15 - November 30 2014

an illustrated artist designed catalog will accompany the exhibition with essay by Robert Morgan

Opening reception Saturday October 18, 4 - 8 pm

receptions will also be held concurrently for the exhibitions

"William Mortensen: American Grotesque"

"Rik Garrett: Earth Magic"

"In Missa Interfectionis"

The Dance of Death, Hexes, Voodoo, Curses and Witchcraft.



September 30 2014, Brooklyn NY - Stephen Romano Gallery is pleased to present the first New York solo exhibition of works by Brooklyn based artist Lu Zhang. Lu Zhang was born in 1986 in Xi’an, China. Lu's photographic and video performance works are based on her longing for her lost identities, which is deeply inhabited in her spiritual practice. Lu Zhang will be presenting a series combining photographic and video work entitled "All The Lost Souls" which conjures relations and the spirits that dwell in the landscape of our ecosystem as well as the spirits of the inner landscape. These conjures are manifest through memory, ritual, unleashing of erotic energies, as well as through a detachment from all the things that bind us to our past, such as home, family, all that is familiar. The work also adds to the ongoing dialogue at the gallery of artist's shamanic role in contemporary culture, reinjecting magic and mystery back into our culture though the practice of image making . The exhibition is also a conscious effort to perpetuate the gallery's mission to present a diversity of artists, but in particular as an advocate for emerging women artists from different cultures.


史蒂芬·羅曼諾畫廊將於2014年10月15日至11月30日在紐約舉辦《張璐:“所有丟失的靈魂”》個人展覽,並於10月18日舉辦開幕酒會。此次展覽,居住在紐約布魯克林的中國藝術家張璐將展出攝影及以視頻呈現的行為藝術作品。 張璐將展示一系列題為“所有失去的靈魂” 的攝影及行為藝術作品。這組作品的表達是基於她現階段對於獨立自我的嚮往。從小在中國長大的她,一直缺乏著選擇的自主性。環境的變遷使她有了在精神領域上追求自我的空間。她將這些內在的關於地域,家庭的記憶通關自己身體的能量傳達給自然,也同時通過影像傳達給她內心的精神世界。 這組作品同時還是一段與畫廊其它藝術家的對話。這些藝術家通過影像的製造,將魔幻,神秘和希望重新注入了的當代藝術的文化里。本次展覽也是有意識地延續畫廊的使命,即呈現藝術家的多樣性,尤其是來自不同文化背景下的年輕女性藝術家。


Artist's Statement.

My work is autobiographical, poetical and metaphysical for ranging from documentary and performative photography and video to sculpture and installation. I am interested in disclosure universal human nature through investigating the relationship, the cultural conflicts and the curiosity of spiritual existence, both politically and personally. I photograph and videotape myself as an object, and reveal hopes out of the traumatized relationships and experiences. My work becomes a dreamland where I can accept the reality. In the Birth of Tragedy, Nietzsche is saying, the world is full of tragedy. Art is the only thing can save people. I also photograph strangers in a particular behaviors and environment. Such as Chinese lower middle class Children playing in the place near they live, Chinese local people riding bicycle, international Asia students living in New York, etc. I am interested in how human behaviors represent cultural and environmental changes. Other than photography and video, I dedicate myself to ceramics among other disciplines. My ceramic sculpture is characteristic human figure. The figures are all narratively related to each other. I am interested in the ambiguous between innocence and danger, beauty and repulsion. The cartoon figures are loosely made. The figure traces the plasticity of sculpture. It creates a micro silent fairy tale world, which is inner connected by the figure’s “human” energy. In the other sculpture works, I like to experimental with fragile and feminine material such as yarn, hair and rice paper. Including ceramics, I like to challenge the power of delicate through materiality. Such as, using yarn to support ceramic, waving clay, sewing hair on rice paper, etc. My recent work is cyanotype over 100 wheel thronging pottery works that I made over a year on to rice paper. The prints captured the changing cycle and shadow of the object. The exposed blue brush stroke creates a sense of abstract watercolor painting. I believe, just the act of making art can be transformative.


形而上的。我多數工作在攝影,視頻,雕塑和裝置領域。通過觀察人,人與人之間的情感,文化的變化和對精神世界的好奇,來實現對於人的本真性的探索。 自我尋找的自主性是我的一大主題。我將自己作為一個視覺的研究對象,通過對自我經歷的反思,利用藝術創作來表達對於現世現實的體悟。藝術創作是一種精神修行的行為。也像尼采所說,世界是悲劇的,只有藝術可以拯救人們。 我同樣通過鏡頭的觀察來反思特定人群的行為和所處環境。《髫年》是對中國孩童在嬉戲場所進行的觀察和記錄,而髫年恰恰是一個對於環境差異無明顯辨別的年紀。《南船北馬》則是一種對於社會進步交通工具統一,車輛盛行的環境下,另一種視覺得反思。 在我的行為藝術創作中,我抒發情感同時也表達對事件的質疑。《母親製造》的行為表演中,我在美國新墨西哥的廣闊天地中,將母親親手為我編織的紅毛衣小心翼翼的剪成碎片,希望能夠用一種不違背中國尊老的傳統文化,透析自我空間的重要性。《障礙物》則是我在對於廣大攝影愛好者追求設備的高端,光線構圖的完美而失掉攝影本身是捕捉觸動內心瞬間的質疑。我將自己的眼睛蒙起來,設定一個目標去商場,對所有在路上我碰到的障礙物進行拍攝。作品包括攝影及行為。 除了攝影與視頻,我的創作還有很大一部份是陶藝作品。在陶藝作品的創作過程中,我創作卡通人物造型,但是在身體和形態的表達上,根據我的個人經歷,進行了扭曲和變化。對於人性的天真和險惡,美麗與厭惡的多樣性的一種窺視。製作中,我將手觸的痕跡留下,這是我認為泥塑製作中泥作為區別於其它雕塑材料的特質,隨性並且可塑,因為對於此項特質的喜愛,在不脫離各人經歷創作的基礎上,我也同時在實踐泥塑的極限及與其它材料的結合。例如柔軟的毛線支撐泥塑,編織泥塑等。 在我的其它雕塑創作中,我喜歡利用纖弱材料,例如用每天脫落的頭髮繡字,用毛線聯結乾枯破損的植物。在近期创作中,我在進行的實踐創作是用攝影的基本原理技法之一藍曬法,對我製作的上百個陶碗進行拍攝。在雕塑創作中,我認為,創作行為這個過程本身可以被轉換為藝術本身。


Solo Exhibition, 2014 Twin(s). Ouchi Gallery, New York

Selected Group Exhibition, 2014 Eat Clay Kill. Steuben Gallery, New York, 2014 Woman House. A.I.R GALLERY, New York, 2013 Generations IX: The Red/Pink. A.I.R GALLERY, New York
2013 Color: Photography Now. Black box Gallery, New York, 2013 N0. Ouchi Gallery, New York, 2013 Yes. Ouchi Gallery, New York, 2013 Made in New York, Ouchi Gallery, New York
2013 Silhouette, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, 2013 Lunar Gala 2013: ESSENCE, Columbia University, New York, 2012 Fine Art Welcome Group Exhibition, Pratt Institute,
New York, 2010 Painting, Calligraphy and Photography Exhibition, China, 2006 Nine-university Painting, Calligraphy and Photography Exhibition, China




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Stephen Romano Gallery is a new addition to the DUMBO arts community, having opened its doors in April of 2014. Prior to opening the current gallery, Stephen Romano was a private art dealer for 15 years specializing in masters of self-taught and visionary artists such as Henry Darger, Martin Ramirez, Charles Dellschau, Bill Traylor, Darcilio Lima, and many others. The Gallery's most recent exhibition "Mysterium Cosmographicum" was well received and reviewed.

Stephen Romano has been a participant in many art fairs including PULSE and The Metro Show.

In 2013, Stephen Romano produced a seminal 330-page monograph on Texan visionary artist Charles Dellschau designed by Marquand Books and distributed by DAP. The book generated several positive reviews from a wide variety of publications such as Bookforum, Raw Vision Magazine, The Atlantic, Slate, Antiques and the arts and Design Observer among many others. With an introduction by Stephen Romano, the book features the final published essay by renowned art writer Thomas McEvilley, as well as contributions from the founder of The Museum of Everything, James Brett, and the curator of Smithsonian Museum of Aerospace, Thomas Croutch. In the same year, Romano also published the first ever post-mortem retrospective catalog of works by Darcilio Lima and most recently a catalogue of a previously unknown photographic series from 1925 by William Mortensen "A Pictorial Compendium of Witchcraft," with an introduction by A.D. Coleman. Most recently, Stephen Romano Gallery had the honor of publishing a catalog of works by artist Pavel Kraus with an essay by David Ebony.

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