zzzhou.diane at gmail.com
Like a discarded shattered screen being carted off to a Chinese recycling center, my paintings reflect and fragment their surroundings. Although I shrivel away from socializing at parties and shun chatty strangers, I hoard objects and images that contain traces of the search for human connection, and my paintings combine these artifacts with ghost ladies and squirmy creatures to create jagged, chimeric accumulations. Strangers’ thirst for comfort and understanding is fossilized in plastic and pixels, manifesting as discarded toys, business cards that advertise prostitution, and amateurish Taobao* photography. This collaging of romantic junk—a heart-shaped watermelon on a frothy pink wrapper, a serene woman embracing a large plush carrot—helps me navigate my blurry cultural heritage, and formulates connections across disparate experiences in the landscape of alienating digital communication.
*Chinese online shopping giant
Diane Zhou (b 1992) also has a Chinese name. She thought she knew how to write it, but then at age 23 she saw a famous panda with the same name pronunciation having a 37th birthday party, and realized it was written differently than she'd thought, causing her to spiral into an identity crisis.
This name is also shared with a robot goddess.
She thus adopted this Chinese name for 12 months, using it for all the work-related and social connections she made in Beijing. Then she asked her parents how it was written and she realized that she had been writing it wrong again.
It is actually written in a way that means "water reeds". Also, the panda is dead.
Diane is also a member of Sponge Gourd Collective.
Class of 2014, magna cum laude, B.A. in Visual Arts with Honors, Modern Culture and Media, Brown University, Providence, RI
Maribo, Gallery 221, List Art Center, Providence, RI, February 14-20, 2014
Teenage Internet Euphoria, First Floor Gallery, List Art Center, Providence, RI, October 4-10, 2013
In the Spirit, 68 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY, January 2019
Red Envelope Show 2019, Flushing Town Hall, Queens, NY, January 5-27, 2019
Endless Editions Biennial: Optimism, EFA Project Space, New York, NY, December 7-21, 2018
Gowanus Open Studios, Brooklyn, NY, October 20-21, 2018
Summer Heat, Ortega Y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn, NY, August 11-17, 2018
Slippery People/滑人, Homepage IRL Gallery, Austin, Texas, May 30, 2018
706 Exhibition for Independent Publications, Beijing, China, April 21-22, 2018
Vitamin C, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY, November 29-December 6, 2017
BAU HAUS Semi-Annual V: Environmental Projection Agency, BAU HAUS, Brooklyn, NY, April 22, 2017
Stockholm Showww, Inferno Online, Stockholm, Sweden, October 9, 2015
PAINTING, Low Museum of Contemporary Culture, Atlanta, GA, Feb 9, 2015
Heroes and Villains, Ouchi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, November 25- December 1, 2014
CRUSH ON, Ouchi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, October 7-12, 2014
Modern Culture and Media Senior Exhibition, Perry and Marty Center for the Creative Arts, Providence, RI, May 16-25, 2014
Graduating Seniors, List Art Center, Providence, RI, May 9- 25, 2014
Ghost Clinic, Studio 1, Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Providence, RI, May 13, 2014
Pop-up Show, Gerson Zevi at 15 Fones Alley, Providence, RI, April 24, 2014
Spinning Beach Ball of Death, Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Providence, RI, April 7-10, 2014
Girl Swarm, Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Providence, RI, March 7- 19, 2014
Welcome to My Homepage Residency, May 2018
As Part of Sponge Gourd Collective
China Residencies Slow Train Residency, August 2018
Beijing22 Grant Recipient, 2018
Ellipsis. Paradise Systems. November 2018.
Feast of Peaches. Txtbooks. March 2018.
Melt. Txtbooks. September 2017.
Zines by Sponge Gourd Collective
People’s Square Issue 3: Gulou Hutongs. April 2018.
People’s Square Issue 2: Guijie. March 2017.
People’s Square Issue 1: Changdiancun. Nov 2016.