UCCA is pleased to invite internationally-noted contemporary sculptor Zhan Wang to curate the next exhibition in UCCA’s long-running “Curated by…” series. Zhan Wang introduces the work of young artist Tang Yuhan, who has created an installation of “sculptural blessings” for her family’s good health and fortune.
For Tang Yuhan, interior decoration is both metaphor and divination, a method of revealing traditional Chinese family dynamics. Taking on the roles of artist, interior designer and fortune teller, she meticulously recreates her parents’ home and rearranges its décor in accordance with the principles of Chinese feng shui and the divinatory symbols found in the I Ching, or Book of Changes. Tang Yuhan chose to focus on the 29th hexagram in the I Ching, a symbol known as “KAN: The Abysmal Water.” It is considered one of the worst divinations, signifying risk and calamity, as well as the magnification of human glory. By installing a series of sculptures both decorative and divinatory, Tang Yuhan offers a “sculptural blessing” for her family, a loving tribute to her mother and her father, and a meditation on superstition and tradition in a modern age.