Tianlan Deng (AKA Tillian) is an Instructor of record at the University of Kentucky School of Art & Visual Studies. Considered a major emerging artist, Tianlan Deng recently won the public art design commission to install a major glass sculpture piece in the atrium of the Gatton building for the University of Kentucky College of Business and Economics. Prior to coming to the U.S. in 2013, he was a BFA student of Chinese painting at Shanghai University, Shanghai, China. Tianlan Deng seeks to define the new contemporary identity of China’s youth in both local and global contexts, and his work addresses this theme mainly through installation practice.
Currently, Tianlan Deng is producing a project in relation to Contemporary Chinese educational systems, which plays as a crucial role in defining the identity of China’s younger generations. The artist’s mediums include large-scale sculpture, architectural and technical diagramming, and traditional forms of Chinese painting and calligraphy.
The exhibition Rote Shadows is comprised of:
-A Scholastic Shrine – a sculptural piece based off of a Chinese high school desk blueprint representing the custom of ancestor worship.
-The Maze – a large-scale installation, consisting of 64 poems and prose signified in the shrine and referenced on ceiling-to-floor hanging scrolls.
-The Cave – a miniature diorama combined with a video documenting the blurry transcription onto the 64 scrolls.
Exhibit dates: May 20-June 12, 2016
Opening reception with the artist: May 20th, 5-9pm during Gallery HOP
Artist’s lecture: June 2, 7pm
Closing reception with the artist: June 12, 5-8pm