Opening Friday, May 26th, Detroit artist and muralist Ouizi unveils her latest solo exhibition Lucky Garden at Inner State Gallery. This entirely new body of work highlights Ouizi’s lifelong exploration into the neologism she has coined as “Chinese Americana.” Mixing nostalgic childhood memories with her own continually evolving floral imagery and hypnotic patterns, Ouizi will create a gallery-wide installation featuring more than 40 new works.
“I am going to take the traditional white wall gallery vibe and turn it on it's head. Since this is my first solo exhibition at Inner State Gallery, I will be pulling out all of the bells and whistles to create an immersive visual experience,” Ouizi said from her studio in Detroit’s New Center Neighborhood. “Most of the concepts I chose to highlight have been with me since my childhood, and others I only learned about because of the show. In several of these pieces I am revisiting old techniques with colored pencil and gouache for several of the drawings, which I am very excited about. A few paintings will also have some sculptural elements to them.”
Comprised of both two and three-dimensional works, Lucky Garden showcases the diversity of Ouizi’s skill set and ongoing dedication to her craft. Ouizi’s signature style references patterns found in nature, textiles and indigenous art, but through her exploration into her own heritage Ouizi pays homage to her lineage and invites the viewer into her dialogue between nostalgia and mark making.
“The title Lucky Garden is a nod to a name that has been used by countless Chinese restaurants around the United States. You've probably eaten at one at some point in your life. Either in a Chinatown borough, or a town in the middle of nowhere off of HWY 80, it was likely the only Chinese restaurant in that town. May is also Asian/Pacific American heritage month I thought it fitting to center the concept of my show about Chinese Americana. All and all, creating this show has been a great learning experience for me, and will hopefully be one for the viewer as well,” Ouizi added.
Joining Ouizi at Inner State on May 26th will be fellow Murals In The Market alum and Berlin-based artist 1010 (tenten) whose body of work Fields will showcase new paintings and a series of hand-crafted editions created in 1xRUN’s Eastern Market studio. In addition to his exhibition, 1010 returns to Detroit for a visual takeover of Hart Plaza’s Pyramid Stage as 2017’s 1xRUN Movement Artist-In-Residence (AIR), produced in a partnership between 1xRUN and Movement Electronic Music Festival.
Please join us for the opening artist reception Friday, May 26th from 7-10pm as we welcome both artists in attendance. This event is free and open to the public.
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2017 EXHIBITION LINEUP
JANUARY 27TH - 1xRUN Open House : Three Floors of Fun
FEBRUARY 14TH - POW! WOW! Hawaii featuring: Ouizi and Mr. Jago
MARCH 10TH - Cope2 & Action Shotz
APRIL 6TH - "Detroit Grind" at Rush Arts in Chelsea, New York - curated by Inner State Gallery
APRIL 28TH - Derek Hess & Ron Zakrin
MAY 26TH - Ouizi & 1010 in conjunction with Movement Electronic Music Festival
JUNE 30TH - LAX/DTW
SEPTEMBER 20TH - Murals In The Market Original Artwork Exhibition
OCTOBER 6TH - Eddie Colla at MITM Head Quarters, 1550 Winder St. Detroit, MI
OCTOBER 20TH - Genn Barr & William Wray
NOVEMBER 17TH - Drew Leshko & Rashaun Rucker
DECEMBER 15TH - 1xRUN Works on Paper Group Exhibition sponsored by Legion Paper Co.
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