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Muhan Zhang

Art and Culture Writer

MA Visual Arts Administration, NYU '20
BA Art History and East Asian Studies, McGill '18

A first-generation Chinese-Canadian queer lady who likes to read/write/think about contemporary Asian diasporic art, visual culture in the Instagram era, and minority representation in popular media

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The McGill Daily
09/12/2016
Fakes, fetishes, and furniture | The McGill Daily

Upon entering Karen Tam's "Terra dos chinês curio shop," the viewer immediately encounters a blue and white porcelain vase. There's nothing remarkable about it - that is, until you notice the huge HomeSense price sticker proclaiming it to be worth "$24.99 (COMPARE AT/COMPARABLE À $40.00!)."

The Fine Print: The Transition Issue
05/25/2016
A CONVERSATION WITH PHOTOGRAPHER HAL

Love has always been one of the most potent sources of inspiration for creative works. Japanese artist, Photographer Hal, however, depicts love with an exhilarating edge that is as intimate and psychological as it is visually captivating.

THE FINE PRINT
12/17/2015
CLIO PEPPIAT SS16

The 24-year-old, South London-based designer recently presented her sci-fi inspired SS16 Collection "Kiss the Future" at London Fashion Week. Drawing from cult sci-fi films like Blade Runner and The Fifth Element , Peppiat brings laser stun guns and UFOs into her signature mix of kitsch and cute.

THE FINE PRINT
12/16/2015
PROFILE: DEVIN STROY STROTHER

Los Angeles-based artist Devin Troy Strother wields humor with an acerbity not often seen in the prestigious exhibition spaces his work frequent. With titles like "Gurrrl I'm just talking about that composition", "Gurrrrl what'chu know about that post modernism", Strother grounds his references and his art in the language and drollery of the ghetto.

THE FINE PRINT
12/09/2015
PROFILE: JULIA DAULT

New York-based artist, Julia Dault 's welding, bending Plexiglas and Formica sculptures look as though they casually and serendipitously fell into place, like haphazardly unrolled bolts of cloth or paper scrolls. Yet, the pliable and paper-like appearance of these sculptures belies the intensity of labour and the importance of process to Dault's works.

THE FINE PRINT
11/18/2015
PROFILE: KYTTENJANAE

With a vibrant pastel palette of Easter eggs and candy hearts, multi-media artist Kyttenjanae creates digital works as delightful as they are disturbing. Kyttenjanae is local to Los Angeles but her work wholly inhabits the aesthetics and sensibilities of the Internet. In her fathomless pastel world, glossy humanoids vomit, bleed, and ooze amorphous goop.

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