Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Open Spaces: Windows to a View - Zuopeng (William) Zhang and Brian Batista

Brian Batista, Dragon, acrylic on canvas.
Open Spaces: Windows to a View presents two new installations now on view at the 7th Avenue and Centre Street LRT platform. Artists Zuopeng Zhang and Brian Batista inspire audiences to explore the spiritual and symbolic functions of art. Based on Eastern philosophy, both artists create and compose images that represent narratives about the human condition.

Local artist, teacher, arranger of things, performer, animator, entrepreneur and magic man, Brian Batista incorporates Tibetan Thangka style painting into his own practice. Playing with space, texture, composition and colour, he seeks to inspire awe, reverence, curiosity and contemplation while nourishing the creative spirit. According to Brian, “Each work seeks to convey a philosophical teaching through its narrative. It is said that the creation of these icons is a meritorious act and that they will bring good visualizations and luck to the bearer.”

Brian received a BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design and was the recipient of the Board of Governors award for his program. He currently lives and works in Calgary.

Harmony is at the heart of Eastern philosophy and is reflected in all aspects of Chinese culture such as the arts, architecture, religion, politics and health. Rather than being opposing forces, this philosophy is rooted in the notion that human beings are an integral part of nature, co-existing in harmony.
Zuopeng Zhang, Harmony 2, photograph on paper

Zuopeng (William) Zhang’s work draws inspiration from the endless meditative experience he has with our landscape. His work highlights the natural harmony, balance and tranquility that exist in our everyday lives.

William was born in China and has been a practicing artist for more than two decades.  He has been the recipient of numerous awards and competitions and has been included in major exhibitions such as the China 10th International Photographic Art Exhibition and the 64th International Photographic Salon of Japan. He is a graduate from the Chinese Master Class of Photography in Beijing and has lived and worked in Calgary since 2006.

With support from McLennan Ross LLP, the Open Spaces program celebrates the diversity and quality of local artists while enlivening the downtown 7th Avenue transportation corridor.

These works are on view now through January 19, 2013. For more information, visit

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