混沌: Chaos and Delight

Brick Aux Presents
混沌: Chaos and Delight
by Shawna Tang
at Brick Aux Gallery – 628 Metropolitan Ave
Opening January 7, 2023

“混沌: Chaos and Delight” explores, in candy colored and fuzzy tufted works, the joy in relinquishing boundaries and re-mixing opposing forces: heaven and earth, ancient and modern, American and Chinese, craft and fine art.

In Chinese mythology, at the beginning of time there was only 混沌 (hùn dùn), a roiling primordial chaos encapsulated in an egg. When the egg was split, great pains were taken to keep light and heavy, sky and earth separated. As a mixed race Taiwanese/Chinese and white American, my two halves are often likewise separated; sometimes by external forces and sometimes by my own anxieties from living in a deeply racialized country. This show marks my readiness to shed racial anxieties and freely participate in my culture through pieces that celebrate Chinese art and mythology. “混沌: Chaos and Delight” explores, in candy colored and fuzzy tufted works, the joy in relinquishing boundaries and re-mixing opposing forces: heaven and earth, ancient and modern, American and Chinese, craft and fine art.

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Shawna Tang is a multidisciplinary artist residing in New York City, originally from San Jose, California. As a mixed race, second generation Taiwanese/Chinese American, her work is about finding happiness in the confusion and ambiguity of diaspora. Her reinterpretations of traditional Chinese craftsmanship seek to honor heritage through an unapologetically American lens. Shawna also owns a jewelry and home decor brand, Cookie Smut, with designs that are colorful, kitschy, and yes sometimes smutty

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