Blank is an exhibition of works on paper: cut, sewn and drawn. Inspired by the endless possibilities of the blank page, Lilian Crum, Eric Wang and Han Zhang explore traditional and alternative approaches to paper-based artworks.
Working with Sumi ink on paper, Lilian Crum’s large-scale drawings are organic, even anthropomorphic in form. Her free-form, thread-like lines explore a visual uncertainty through intuition and restraint. Lilian Crum (b.1985) is a Toronto/Detroit-based visual artist. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in MI, USA, and previously received her HBA in Art and Art History from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. When she's not in her studio, she teaches in the department of Art and Design at Lawrence Technological University in Detroit, MI.
Eric Wang explores how the artist adapts technology to create and transmogrify a seemingly banal series of mathematical equations and procedures into something beautiful. A series of mathematical curvilinear free-form lines known as Non-Uniform Rational Bezier Splines (NURBS) are strategically and algorithmically arranged into extremely complex patterns and then translated onto paper with a laser cutter. Eric Wang graduated from the University of Toronto in 2002 with a professional degree in architecture. His work encompasses architecture, interiors, product design and digital media design. Wang has been featured in various international publications and he has won several awards for his designs, most recently winning the coveted Red Dot Award. He has taught design at various universities and is the Principal, Designer & CEO at Simulacrumstudios Inc., a multidisciplinary design studio, 3D training and digital fabrication facility in Toronto. This is Eric’s first exhibition.
The paper and ink installations of Han Zhang explore that which is lost in translation. Through the use of poetry, thread, paste and blade, Zhang realizes the fragility of paper, not merely as a surface upon which meaning is inscribed, but as meaning itself.* In these new forms, Han represents that which is lost. Han Zhang (b. 1988) is a Toronto-based artist whose work explores the subject of language, translation, meaning and cross-culture communication. She questions the problematic issues in literary and poetic translation: loss of meaning, instability of understanding, and subjectivity of interpretation. Wood, thread, paper, ink, glass, mirror and other fragile materials are the resources which Han Zhang uses to construct and deconstruct language, challenging viewers’ perception and interpretation of the poetic nature of translation. Han graduated Magna Cum Laude and High Honor Thesis in Studio Art from Mount Holyoke College in MA, USA and is currently a PhD student in the department of Communication and Culture at York University, Canada. *Peter Unwin. Finding the Poetry that Is Lost In Translation: The Works of Han Zhang