Ran Zhou

A Winter Solstice Prayer 2020

My Home is Your Home, is where the river flows #1, 2019
长江千万里,何处是吾乡 #1
Sculpture painting
35 x 48in
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC
My Home is Your Home, is Where the River Flows, 2019
长江千万里,何处是吾乡 #2
Sulpture Painting
30 x 40in
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver BC
The Last River Has Dried, 2019
Sculptural painting
40 x 40in
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver BC
Skin Puzzle, 2019
Sculpture painting
35 x 35 in
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC
Enclosure,2020
Mixed media installation
50 * 52in
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC
The Big and the Only Tragedy is Death Itself and That is it, 2019
Mixed media installation
2m x 1.2m x 0.8m
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Free Fall 2020

Free Fall Ran Zhou @zgalleryarts
Free Fall, 2019
Mixted Media installation
Ran Zhou
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver. BC
Free Fall, 2019
Mixted Media installation
Ran Zhou
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver. BC
Free Fall Ran Zhou @zgalleryarts
Free Fall, 2019
Mixted Media installation
Ran Zhou
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver. BC

The Loss, 2016

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The Loss #1, 2016
ink on canvas
36 x 36 in
Ran Zhou
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver. BC

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The Loss #2, 2016
ink on canvas
36 x 36 in
Ran Zhou
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver. BC

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The Loss #3, 2016
ink on canvas
36 x 36 in
Ran Zhou
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver. BC

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The Mask Dance #1, 2016
ink on canvas
36 x 36 in
Ran Zhou
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver. BC

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The Mask Dance #2, 2016
ink on canvas
36 x 36 in
Ran Zhou
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver. BC

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The Mask Dance #3, 2016
ink on canvas
36 x 36 in
Ran Zhou
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver. BC

The Diary of Destroying a Map, 2018

The Hidden City #1, 2016
Charcoal
57 x 77cm (22.4 x 30.3 in)
Ran Zhou
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver. BC
The Hidden City #2, 2016
Charcoal
57 x 77cm (22.4 x 30.3 in)
Ran Zhou
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver. BC
The Hidden City #3, 2016
Charcoal
57 x 77cm (22.4 x 30.3 in)
Ran Zhou
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver. BC
Beijing Tourist Map 北京旅遊地圖, 2017
fabric installation
138 x 200cm (54.3 x 78.7in)
Ran Zhou
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver. BC
The Diary of Destroying a Map 《一则破坏地图的日记》2017
Performance Video + Installation
map 132 x 160cm (map 63 x 52 in)
Ran Zhou
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC
Mountains and Rivers 《山河》2018
Mixed Media Installation
98 x 137 cm (38.5 x 54 in)
Ran Zhou
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver. BC

Born in 1996, China
Lives and works in Vancouver, Canada

Education

2014 – 2019

BFA , Honors in Visual Arts, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

BA, Honors in Art History, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Solo Exhibition

2019

“Free Fall” Hatch Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2018-2019

“The Diary of Destroying a Map” Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

2018

“The Diary of Destroying a Map” Yia_Young International Art Fair, Le Carreau Du Temple, Paris, France

2018

“The Diary of Destroying a Map” Hatch Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Group Exhibition

2019

– “The Lind Prize 2019” The Polygon Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC.

– “Weird Flux Graduating Exhibition” Audain Art Center, Vancouver, BC.

2018

– “Emerging Vision” Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

-“Into the Dark” Hatch Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

-“Together We Built” Robert Lee Alumni Center, Vancouver, BC

2017

-“HENN Show” Hatch Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Work Experience

2017

-Studio Assistant of UBC Professor and artist Gu Xiong.

-Member of 2018 Visual Arts Graduating Exhibition curation team,  UBC AMS event partner.

Awards

2019

-Shortlist for Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize, Vancouver, BC.

2017

-faculty of Arts International Student Scholarship

-John Alexander McDonald Scholarship in Humanities

-2017 IODE Fine Arts Foundation Scholarship

A Winter Solstice Prayer | Ran Zhou

On View: March 4th – 8th, 2020

Preview Guest of Honor & Press

VIP Preview: Wednesday, March 4th, 4pm – 6pm

Location: Metropolitan West, 639 w 46th St @ 12th Ave New York, NY 10036

Ran Zhou: A Winter Solstice Prayer

A map says to you, “Read me carefully, follow me closely, doubt me not.”
It says, “I am the earth in the palm of your hand. Without me, you are alone and lost.” And indeed you are. Were all the maps in this world destroyed and vanished under the direction of some hand, each man would be blind again, each city be made a stranger to the next, each landmark become a meaningless signpost pointing to nothing.
— Beryl Markham, 1983

Considering map as a form of power-knowledge, Ran Zhou’s solo show A Winter Solstice Prayer focuses on destructing map, while reconstructing its relationship with the imaginary landscape. It attempts to enlarge the humanize aspect of map to reexamine the cultural implication of national boundary and the migration issue happens worldwide. Using black and white as the base tone, this series combines mixed-media sculptures, paintings, and organic plants to tell different stories of migrant, family gathering, and the trauma of illegal border crossing happening at present. Projecting Zhou’s multi-cultural background onto a global vision, A Winter Solstice Prayer attempts to use a metaphorical language to balance the abstract and narrative, while exploring the tension between the heavy social reality and her Chinese poetic romance.

Ran Zhou is a visual artist based in Vancouver British Columbia, originally from China. Her practice is influenced by her continued movement between Canada, China, and the United States. Getting rid of the specific national restrictions and traditional concepts, Ran’s art creates a subtle space located at crevices between the concept of contemporariness of culture and individual awareness within the vortex of globalization. For her past studio practice, she has addressed themes such as urban histories and memory deconstruction, solidification of the education system, child safety, and dynamics of migration flow. Zhou received her BFA with honours in visual arts and honours in art history from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2019. Zhou is represented by Z Gallery Arts, Canada.

《冬至祈祷| 周然》展览序言

地图是指引,它对你说:“仔细地看着我,紧紧跟随我,不要质疑。”
地图说,我即是你手中的土地。没有我,你便重新迷失,孤身一人。
诚如是。倘若这世上所有的地图被尽数抹除,我们将会再度失明。城与城也变得陌生。曾经那些闪耀的地标终将沦为无意义的印记,其所指也是虚无。
— Beryl Markham, 1983;周然 译

周然的个展《冬至祈祷》将地图视为当今一种重要的权力形式,其作品侧重于破坏地图并重建其与想象景观之间的关系。这个系列试图扩大地图人性化的部分,以此重新审视国境线背后的文化意义,关注世界范围内发生的移民问题。本系列以黑白为基调,结合了雕塑、绘画、有机植物的多媒介形式,以一种隐喻性的语言来讲述关于移民、关于家庭团聚的故事。同时,抛却纷乱的政治理论框架,作品意图回归当下发生的非法越境的创伤本身。《冬至祈祷》将周然自身的多元文化背景投射到全球视野中,试图用一种诗性语言来平衡抽象与叙事,同时探索沉重的社会现实与中国式浪漫之间的张力。

周然是一位来自中国的视觉艺术家,现居加拿大温哥华。其创作受到她常年在加拿大、中国和美国之间不断流动的影响。摆脱国界的特定限制和传统观念,她的作品创造了一个在全球化的漩涡中、介于文化当代性与个体意识之间的微妙空间。在她的工作室实践中,她已探讨了诸如城市历史和记忆解构、教育系统的固化、儿童安全以及移民流动的动态等主题。周然于2019年获得英属哥伦比亚大学(UBC)视觉艺术和艺术史双荣誉学士学位。其作品由加拿大画廊Z Gallery Arts代理。

Free Fall | Ran Zhou

Artist Reception: Thursday, Feb 6th  6 pm – 8 pm

On View: Feb 6th 2020  – March 10th 2020

Gallery Hours: Friday, 11am – 5pm, and by appointment

Location: 102 – 1688 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver BC.

Contact: [email protected]

Free Fall, Ran Zhou 2019

Free Fall | Ran Zhou

System. Rules.

Society. Education.

Production. Reproduction.

Individual. You and Me.

The stone would be all that is needed to make it a stone.

The tree would be all that is needed to make it a tree.

The human would be all that is needed to make it …

Laws, Algorithms. We are dependent reliable. We are available sources.

Reflecting on the gradually solidified education system and endless child abuse cases happened

worldwide, Ran Zhou’s solo exhibition Free Fall attempts to raise the question of the existence

of individual awareness and uncertainty of autonomous destiny. In today’s world, the issue of

child safety is a global topic that worth more attention and discussions than ever before. No

child should have to worry about his or her safety and welfare. But unfortunately, millions of

children around the world are still in danger of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence – at

home, in school, in the community or during humanitarian emergencies. To bring up the

questions and appeal to keep the most vulnerable kids safety from harm, Ran Zhou’s solo show

Free Fall is attempting to use strong visual effect and engagement of audiences to strengthen

the sense of crisis and public awareness. Free Fall is a combination of Zhou’s recent mixed media

installations, which include more than 2,000 plastic dolls.

Free Fall.

Free. Fall