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THE LURID WORK OF LOUISE ZHANG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Louise Zhang creates objects that are designed to allure and repel. Depending on your proclivities, her paintings and sculptures could have either or both effects simultaneously.

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Zhang’s paintings and painted sculptures are blob-like in form, slippery in texture and lurid in color. Their brightness and playfulness are striking and their ambivalent forms can be unnerving, in the same way that the wobble of jelly evokes terror in some. Her color palette and playful sense of the grotesque take their cues both from art history and contemporary culture.

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