The exhibition presents an on-site installation, Urban Lanscape, by Bejing-based sculptor Zhan Wang (Chinese, b. 1962). The extravagantly-detailed miniaturized city is constructed using stainless steel pots, pans, forks, serving platters, tea pots, and other ordinary household utensils.
In Urban Landscape, Zhan Wang takes everyday objects and assembles them in a way that de-familiarizes them, creating an effect that stuns the senses. The fabricated metropolis is flanked by Zhan’s famous stainless steel rock sculptures and illuminated from above, evoking a surreal, mesmerizing glow. Although the effects are dazzling, the statement is somber. Disenchanted with the relentless urban demolition of China’s cities, Zhan seeks to conjure the memories of what has been destroyed in China and what these cities perhaps still stand to lose.