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.
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 the 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 by a partnership between 1xRUN and Movement Electronic Music Festival.
Inner State Gallery
1410 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48207
7pm – 10pm