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Same Difference: A Cross Cultural Dialogue with Shana Kaplow & Meng Tang
Saturday, October 19

Shana Kaplow Video StillThrough video, sculpture, and painting, artists Shana Kaplow and Meng Tang explore the relationships between the individual and society, family and foreigner, and American and Chinese culture. The Third Place Gallery is pleased to present a two-person show of their work. On October 19th, we will host a public dialogue between Meng and Shana that will touch on the issues they both work with in their artistic practices.

Shana will show work from her recent series, Close to Home, which began during her stay at the prestigious Red Gate International Artist Residency in Beijing, China. This new work includes the video Facetime and new ink-on-paper paintings. In addition to her experiences as an American living in China, Shana's work is informed by her experience as the adoptive mother of a Chinese-born daughter.

Internationally recognized video and installation artist Meng Tang presents Land of the Free, a participatory sculpture in which she invites viewers to symbolically place their own mark on China. One by one, viewers approach a large map of China, replacing 293 flags (one for each large) city with multi-colored Post-it Note messages. Combined with the video, A Brief History of Time, the work speaks to the cumulative effect of many individual voices.

Shana Kaplow is a Twin Cities painter and video artist whose work explores the social realm through images of people and spaces. She has exhibited her work widely, including at Franklin Art Works, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 55 Mercer Gallery, and The Weinstein Gallery. Her video work has been screened at The Walker Art Center, and recently, was included in an exhibition at the Austro-Sino Arts Program in Beijing, China. She was an artist in residence at the Red Gate International Art Residency in Beijing, China, and the Vermont Studio Center Artist Residency in Johnson, Vermont. She has received several grants and fellowships for her work including the Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship, the Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship the McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowship, and the Arts Midwest/NEA fellowship. Shana is currently Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at St. Cloud State University.

Meng Tang was born and raised in Tianjin, P.R. China. She earned Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Beijing Film Academy, a Master’s degree in Media Art at NYU, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in New Media Arts at the University of Minnesota. She had serve on faculty at the Beijing Film Academy for years. As a lecture, she teaches at Department of Art, the University of Minnesota.
Her life has given her extensive experience in dealing with the cultural differences that inspire much of her work. As an artist, she works in many different media – including film, video installation, photography, sculpture, and performance art. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and collected by many private collectors in the U.S. and Asia. She has curate many exhibitions and organized numbers events in China and in the United States in recent years; and she has published one translated book and many articles about contemporary art as well. In 2011, she was named “Artist to Watch” by Minnesota Monthly, and was featured in a lengthy article on Rain Taxi Magazine.