John Ziqiang Wu’s exhibition Art Making opened at the Armory on February 9, 2020, just a few weeks before LA County’s stay at home order went into effect, triggering the closure of all indoor cultural venues. While initially thought of as a temporary closure, the lockdown orders ended up cutting the run of the exhibition (which was originally intended to go through August, 2020) down to one month.
Join artist John Ziqiang Wu and the Armory’s Heber Rodriguez, who organized Wu’s exhibition, as they discuss the artist’s practice and reflect on the collapsing of domestic, artistic, and educational space, a theme explored in the exhibition that became ever more relevant after the COVID quarantine.
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About the Artist
John Ziqiang Wu (b. 1983, Tangshan, China) is an artist and educator who lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his BFA in Fine Art from Art Center College of Design in 2013 and his MFA in Photo/Media from the California Institute of the Arts in 2017. Wu is the co-founder of Learning Art & Art Learning Studio, an art tutoring workshop he has run with his wife, Yinan, in Chino, California since 2014. Wu’s solo exhibition The Third Thing was on view at Todd Madigan Gallery, California State University, Bakersfield in 2019. Wu’s work has been included in group exhibitions at SALT, Istanbul (2018); Night Gallery, Los Angeles (2017); and Pasadena Museum of California Art (2010). He also performed alongside Asher Hartman in ANNIE OKAY at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010). Wu has published several artist books, including One Day Intern (2020); The Place and The People; The Lamps’ Story; and Dad’s Hands Are Smaller (all 2018); and Learning Art and Art Learning Society (2017). He was an Artist in Residence at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.