Feb 20th 2021

Wen Liu: On Longing

@ Tiger Strikes Asteroid Chicago

2233 S. Throop St, #419, Chicago, IL 60608

Opening Saturday, February 20th, from 12PM - 4PM

On view through Saturday, March 6th

Exhibition Reception: Saturday, February 20, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm (by appointment)
Additional Gallery Hours: February 27 and March 6, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm (by appointment)

Residency: Saturday, January 23 – Saturday, March 6, 2021

Tiger Strikes Asteroid Chicago is pleased to announce On Longing, a culminating exhibition by our current artist-in-residence, Wen Liu. During her residency, Liu continued her recent studies in experimental papermaking and its application. In addition to engaging the cultural significance of China’s papermaking history, she explored how the material processes involved can act as an agent for storytelling in her own work.

Liu’s work records her experiences with transience and permanence as a foreigner in the United States. By materially engaging with the various environments and objects that she encounters, Liu seeks to find a sense of security in a land that is not her own. Deploying remnants of reclaimed furniture and fabric, as well as more ephemeral materials like ash, she creates sculptures and assemblages that are often propped up, draped, melting or otherwise slipping away.

Please join us for a reception to celebrate the opening of “On Longing” on Saturday, February 20. Schedule your visit and find information below about safely visiting the gallery.

Wen Liu was born in Shanghai, China and is currently based in Chicago, IL. She is a DCASE Individual Artists Program Grantee for 2018, 2019 and 2020, and she received the Illinois Arts Council Agency 2020 Artist Fellowship Award. She has attended residencies at Vermont Studio Center, MASS MoCA, ACRE and Center Program at Hyde Park Art Center. Her work has been exhibited in the National Grand Theater in Beijing, China; 6018/North, Zhou B Art Center, Manifold Gallery and Culture Center in Chicago; and most recently at Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, IN and the Chicago Cultural Center.

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Wen Liu’s “On Longing” will be open to the public on the following Saturdays: Feb 20, Feb 27 and March 6. The gallery will be open to the public by appointment only from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM; we will do our best to accommodate requests beyond those hours. To schedule an appointment to visit the exhibition, please visit our online calendar. Questions or requests to schedule appointments outside our normal hours can be sent to: chicago@tigerstrikesasteroid.com.

The number of visitors per half-hour slot will be limited to 2 people in order to allow for the recommended social distancing. Masks must be worn at all times in the building. Upon entering Mana Contemporary, please use the touchless temperature scanner, check in at the front desk, and fill out a brief form for contact tracing. The TSA CHI gallery is located on the 4th floor, and it can be reached via an attendant-operated elevator or the stairs. Thank you for your patience with these procedures during this challenging time.


Image above: Wen Liu, On longing, 2021. Newspaper, craft paper, Chinese ink. Variable wall installation.

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