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The Walters Art Museum

The wide, reddish-brown fungi generally recognized as lingzhi, or reishi, has long been revered as the mushroom of immortality, stated to grant everlasting life to anybody who consumes certainly one of its spores. This historic perception founds some Chinese legends and can additionally be a mainstay of Xiaojing Yan’s follow. Based in Toronto, the artist has created a body of work that’s broad in medium and subject matter, starting from small sculptures installed in circular formations to bulbous paper lanterns with rotating elements. Each piece, though, hearkens again to Yan’s expertise as a first-generation Chinese-Canadian and her interest in the way the formidable power of nature regularly intersects with culture, art, and lore. Steve Miller is a multi-media artist, who makes work, screenprints, artist books, and sculptures. Through his art he explores the affect of science and expertise on fashionable tradition.

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