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Glasgow School of Art. Degree Show 2020

Exhibition  /  OnlineOnly   NewTalentsByKlimt02  /  29 May 2020  -  31 Dec 2020
 
Published: 27.05.2020
Yitong Zhang. Object: Objects of Human-object No.2 No.3, 2020. Precious white metal (could be hallmarked).. Double-straw candlestick: 7.7 x 4 x 26.3 cm; Single-straw candlestick: 7.2 x 3.9 x 26 cm. 
. Statement: According to Greenhalgh, things we use and make are not neutral objects but embodiments of ourselves and cultural values. Yitong Zhang’s collection of works investigates people’s relationships with everyday objects, exploring the complexity and contradictoriness in people’s desire and character reflected by objects they live with. The processes of thinking and making are stimulated by people’s subconscious way of using objects, and questions that are provoked when objects are incorporated within functional behaviours. How objects “talk” is a question, responding to semiology and theories surrounding how objects might be ‘read’ as text. For this collection, the work of Roland Barthes and Jean Baudrillard is acknowledged by reference to symbolic meanings reflected in the values placed on materials, skill, and effort of objects; with Baudrillard stating that: ‘We live by object time’ (1970). These works ask the viewers and users to connect with their time and space, in a dialogue that invites discussion of agency in human-object relations.. Yitong Zhang
Object: Objects of Human-object No.2 No.3, 2020
Precious white metal (could be hallmarked).
Double-straw candlestick: 7.7 x 4 x 26.3 cm; Single-straw candlestick: 7.2 x 3.9 x 26 cm

Statement: According to Greenhalgh, things we use and make are not neutral objects but embodiments of ourselves and cultural values. Yitong Zhang’s collection of works investigates people’s relationships with everyday objects, exploring the complexity and contradictoriness in people’s desire and character reflected by objects they live with. The processes of thinking and making are stimulated by people’s subconscious way of using objects, and questions that are provoked when objects are incorporated within functional behaviours. How objects “talk” is a question, responding to semiology and theories surrounding how objects might be ‘read’ as text. For this collection, the work of Roland Barthes and Jean Baudrillard is acknowledged by reference to symbolic meanings reflected in the values placed on materials, skill, and effort of objects; with Baudrillard stating that: ‘We live by object time’ (1970). These works ask the viewers and users to connect with their time and space, in a dialogue that invites discussion of agency in human-object relations.
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Intro
Graduate Showcase launches as a digital platform where our students, their families and friends, staff and the GSA’s global creative network of 22,000 alumni, partners, employers and industry as well as the wider public can come together online to begin to look, listen, watch, read, review, engage, follow and connect with our graduating students’ individual Showcases of work, some still in process, some completed, along with critical and community reviews and live events, performances and happenings.