Junwei Zhang


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    Language Trilogy (in progress)
        Udon Noodle
        Thank You (ありがとう)
        365 Days

    Pseudo-well   
    From West to East
    A Well
    Root
    LEGO 
    My Aunt
    3:30 AM

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Thank You 
Tissue roll, drawing, text
2022 

“Accepting and rejecting are equally one thing.”
—— Marcel Duchamp on Jean-Paul Sartre’s refusing to be awarded the Nobel Prize in 1964

In Thank You project (in progress), Junwei collected the Japanese mass-produced toilet tissue rolls — revealing ありがとう("thank you”) after being used up — from Japan to the U.S.. Then, he regularly visited many overseas Japanese gardens — meticulously imitating. By exchanging and acknowledging their presence, thus, Junwei unveils that the toilet tissue and overseas gardens are equally one thing, ありがとう("thank you”) becomes the polite mediation of that embarrassment.

In the overseas Japanese gardens’ restrooms, Junwei installed his toilet tissues on which he hand-drew iconic Japanese homeland gardens. Alongside the drawing, the sentence "Do you enjoy my Japanese garden drawing? Please email me at ... " is written.


Installed at

Japan House, Champaign, IL
Portland Japanese Garden, Portland, OR
Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO