Archway Gallery presents "Duo • Identity" Virtual Opening & Artist Talk
Archway Gallery presents "Duo • Identity," featuring recent works by Jiashan Lang and Anthony Pabillano.
In this joint exhibition, Lang and Pabillano explore ideas related to duality and contrast, as well as identity and culture through their shared interest in figurative art. Lang’s three-dimensional figurines invite the viewer to encircle each piece and examine it closely for the fine details of her sculpture, whereas Pabillano’s two-dimensional pieces (some life-sized) rely on the surfaces of walls for support and are optimally viewed from a vantage point.
Lang and Pabillano tell stories through their figurative art. Lang’s dough figurines are based on scenes and events from Chinese history and literature; they depict traditional people, folklore, and scenes from ancient times. By contrast, Pabillano’s layered paper images portray contemporary Houstonians; people he has met, whose stories he relates to, and whose voices he hears as representatives of our culturally and linguistically diverse city. Though their stories contrast in terms of time and context, there are parities that weave the two bodies of work together. Lang and Pabillano are equally concerned with culture and identity – they strive to understand, capture, and celebrate the lives of others, past and present. In doing so, they seek not only to explore culture and identity in others but also to discover and define their own along the way.
The exhibit remain on view through February 4.