20 Sep Robert Zhao Renhui: Effect
Robert Zhao Renhui:
September 21, 2019 – March 15, 2020
Robert Zhao Renhui’s Effect features two bodies of work that highlight the ubiquitous presence of flies and butterflies in our environment. Inspired by scientific methods of categorizing fly types, Zhao Renhui appropriates scientific tools to explore the boundaries, systems, and methods humans use to control fly populations, stemming from a dismissive attitude that belies their necessity. While the fly is seen as a nuisance, the Monarch butterfly, on the other hand, is seen as a beautiful creature and a symbol of transformation.
Zhao Renhui’s work exposes the overlooked contradictions, assumptions, and tensions inherent in our relationship with nature. Rendering the unseen visible, and the ignored critical, this multidisciplinary exhibition amplifies the intersections of insect and human, and natural and urbanized environments.
This exhibition was organized by the Orange County Museum of Art and guest curated by John Silvis.