I am fascinated by interpersonal dynamics, personal myths, archetypes, and universality in human conditions across time and geography. Lately my thinking has been influenced by my travels, current events, and reading on human history. I reflect on common threads underlying different perspectives in the transient, divisive human existence, both on a micro and macro level—for example, the sense of belonging, mental and physical displacement, environmental degradation, and consensus on invented constructs. Symbolism and surrealism are the vehicle to these concerns. A recurring element in my art is imagined dimensions and pseudo-landscapes, metaphorical in-between spaces of what is and what could be. Everyday sights, objects and nonfiction inspire “what is,” beyond which I try to hint at and challenge the hidden “what could be.” Within landscapes are imageries inspired by the panorama of humanity, alluding to local, autobiographical experiences and larger social phenomena. I create emotively in reaction to these experiences and observations.
Despite working in a range of mediums, I use recurring conceptual and formal devices. Symbolism and surrealism are the the vehicle to the indescribable and unseen. Tension between dichotomies and contrast lends to emotional emphasis—organic fluidity versus clean geometry, exuberance versus austerity, and colorful versus monochrome.
My latest experimentation is the intersection of the digital with traditional mediums, where I explore elements that excite the human psyche such as portraying, emoting and staging subversive visual impact through color and line. I aim for art to be accessible to the public and disruptive in stasis, despite space, time, and perspective.
Born in Guiyang, China, Rengu Zhang graduated from Boston College with a major in Environmental Geoscience and minor in Studio Art. She is a committee member of World Unity Inc. Her work has been in group exhibits in Xi’an, China and Greece as well as the private collection of the Copelouzos Family Art Museum in Greece.
Selected Exhibitions2019 Dec., INTEGRATED ART UNIT, 1st Be Beyond: 2019 Xi’an Biennale., Xi’an, China
2019 Nov., FREE ART MARKET EXHIBIT, 1st Be Beyond: 2019 Xi’an Biennale., Xi’an, China
2019 Oct., Auction at 23rd Annual Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Gala, World Unity Inc., Boston, MA2019 Oct., ARTINI, Blend, Boston, MA2019 August.,, TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIMENT, Chizao Gallery, Xi’an, China2019 April, 35 BY 35, Copelousoz Family Art museum, Athens, Greece. Artwork featured in the exhibition catalogue “35 x 35” and permanently collected by the museum.
张人谷生于贵阳，长在西安，本科在波士顿学院学习环境地理和艺术创作。大学期间多数作品被美国Laughing Medusa,Stylus等刊物刊登。 她的创作主题回应平凡生活，现世及历史。通过个人的经历及对世界的认知， 她在创作中试图探索人类的共同点和共同趋向。现在在西安，波士顿两地工作，生活。
参展简介2019.12参展 《综合架上展 》， 2019西安当代艺术双年展，西安2019.11参展 《自由艺术市场展 》，2019西安当代艺术双年展，西安2019.11 参展 23rd Annual Diversity and Inclusion Leadership晚会 World Unity Inc 慈善晚会拍卖，美国波士顿2019.10 参予制作 Silvia Lopez Sanchez大型公共艺术作品“Patterned Behavior”， 美国波士顿2019.10参展《ARTINI》, Blend, 美国波士顿
2019.8 参展《变形实验》，迟早，西安2019.4 参展《35 BY 35》作品被雅典希腊 Copelousoz Family Art museum收入永久馆藏并入录展览刊物中国当代艺术家作品集