John Ziqiang Wu (b. 1983) is a Los Angeles-based artist and educator whose practice explores the myriad points of intersection between people, institutions, and pedagogical systems. Manifesting as observational drawings, paintings, and collaborative installations, Wu’s works infuse institutional critique with a much needed dose of generosity and humor. Wu is also the co-founder of Learning Art & Art Learning Studio, an art tutoring workshop which informs much of his practice.
Empty Gallery is pleased to present our inaugural presentation of works by Los Angeles-based conceptual artist and educator, John Ziqiang Wu. Wu’s multidisciplinary practice explores the myriad points of intersection between people, institutions, and pedagogical systems. The majority of the works on view at June originate from Wu’s recent one-year residency at the Hammer Museum. Translating this experience into a series of observational watercolors, Wu captures a variety of poignant moments which depict not only the institutional apparatus, but also the complex social ecosystem which underlies it.
Empty Gallery is a 4,500 sq. ft. black-cube space located at the edge of Aberdeen Harbor in Tin Wan, Hong Kong. Founded by Stephen Cheng, the gallery showcases both established and emerging artists alongside a program of pioneering multimedia commissions, performances and music. With a special commitment to ephemeral, time-based and non-object-oriented practices, Empty Gallery is committed to fostering conversation across cultural, geographic, and medium-specific boundaries while serving as a regional hub for the flourishing East Asian art scene.