gallery/sizhu

Sizhu is a New York-based multi-disciplinary artist, originally from China, Sichuan.

 

She is always fascinated by constructing immersive installations based on her understandings towards human society, Nature, and the universe. This interest was cultivated during her college time at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, where she obtained her BFA in illustration in 2016. After two years, she continued her dream of doing fine art, obtained her MFA from Mt. Royal, a multi-disciplinary program at Maryland Institute College of Art. She graduated as a Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship awardee, one of the ten from top ten art schools in the U.S. Her works have been exhibited internationally in New York, Beijing, Baltimore, and Puerto Rico

Sizhu constructs immersive interactive installations. These installations are usually large-scale, presented in an open form, meant to be experienced. Many components are accessible household elements such as clip lights, desktop fans, and pinwheels. By this form, she expects to crumple the boundary between gallery art and people’s real life, so that viewers would not feel a distance about art and could freely get inspired to rethink. The installations interact with the audience and the surrounding space through diverse sensors. Mechanized sounds generated by materials are mixed in this theater, producing a natural and orchestral experience to the audience who approaches. All parts naturally collaborate in an assemblage, involving close and far, new and old, familiar and strange, natural and industrial considerations.

With coded controls, our installations are kinetic. Objects make repeated simple Sisyphean movements, for instance, the metal ripple rolls back and forth in work What is Watt?. Materials are treated as fleshy characters, where a humorous quality with pensive or solemn emotions are embedded. These emotions come from the increasing complexity of our lives and the increasing hope to make our lives easy and convenient. In-depth, her research combines ancient oriental philosophy and modern technologies to craft a form of futurism. Yin-Yang in the increasing complexity of life is an important topic.

Who is Sizhu?

About her works

About her experience 

Education

MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, MD, U.S    

BFA, China Central Academy of Fine Art (CAFA), Beijing, China

 

      

     

Residencies and Programs

Anderson Ranch Residency, CO

Good Hart Residency, MI

Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), NYC

PS122 Studio Project Program, NYC

 

      

     

Awards and Honors

Nomination of International Studio and Curatorial Practice of Toby Devan Lewis Residency, NYC

Anderson Ranch Residency Fellowship, CO

Finalist of the A.I.R Gallery Fellowship, NYC

Toby Devan Lewis Graduation Fellowship (one of the ten awardees from top ten art schools in the U.S), MICA, Baltimore

Mt. Royal Scholarship, MICA, Baltimore                                                                    

Future Star Scholarship, CAFA, Beijing

First Prize of Annual Excellent Art Piece, CAFA, Beijing

Second Prize of Annual Excellent Art Piece, CAFA, Beijing

 

      

     

Invited workshops and talks

Invited talk at Pratt Art School, NYC

Invited Arduino workshop, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, MI

Invited talk at Good Hart Residency, MI

 

      

     

Sole/Two-person Exhibitions

 Two-person Show, Howard County Art Council, MD  

Enigma, graduate exhibition, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD    

Group Exhibitions

Portal: Governors Island, New York

Compact Assembly, Walter Otero Contemporary Art Gallery, Puerto Rico

Making Time, Index Art Center, Newark, New Jersey

Multi-servant, Chashama Gallery, New York

LIC Arts Open Fall Salon, the Plaxall Gallery, New York

Nights, Baltimore Billboards Gallery, Baltimore

Home: The Gate, BWI International Airport, Baltimore

Thesis show, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore

Better Lucky Next time, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore

Chinese Museum Exposition, Chengdu, China

Spitting Distance, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore

Initial, group show, Da Yun Tang Gallery, Beijing

Drawing by Heart,CAFA, Beijing

 

 

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