Much of the Charm, 2019
Neon, Glass + Plastic mounted to Black Mirror
35" x 34"
Shellie Zhang (b. 1991, Beijing, China) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Tkaronto/Toronto, Canada. By uniting both past and present iconography with the techniques of mass communication, language and sign, Zhang explores the contexts and construction of a multicultural society by disassembling approaches to tradition, gender, the diaspora and popular culture. She creates images, objects and projects in a wide range of media to explore how integration, diversity and assimilation is implemented and negotiated, and how manifestations of these ideas relate to lived experiences. Zhang is interested in how culture is learned and sustained, and how the objects and iconographies of culture are remembered and preserved.
Much of the Charm was commissoned for The Drake Hotel and designed based off of Toronto Queen West’s Victorian window arches and the previously active train tunnels that once operated in the neighbourhood.