The Bonsack Gallery opens Outside In, a solo exhibition by Diana Zeng,with a reception on Friday, August 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
Outside Infeatures new works that explore how we welcome influences from the outside world, examining how the foreign becomes familiar, from nature to unknown cultures.
The exhibit brings together vibrant, large-scale oil paintings on canvas; abstract works on paper; and a gathering space centered around a re-imagined fire pit infused with personal cultural motifs of Zeng’s interracial family. Unifying her lived experiences between the American Midwest and her ancestral home in China, Zeng confronts innate reactions toward the Other, not as stranger, but as kin.
Zeng works in oils as well as acrylic, ink and nontraditional mediums. Her early childhood studies in Chinese calligraphy and ink wash painting gave rise to her interpretive approach of subjects. She combines a dynamic approach to form with bold, electric color to create depictions of how she imagines the world could be. To preview her work, visit dianazeng.com or follow her on Instagram at @dianazeng_. The exhibit runs through October 1.
The Bonsack Gallery is a not-for-profit educational gallery on the campus of John Burroughs School. Regular gallery hours are 8 am to 6:30 pm, Monday through Friday.