December 5, 2022

Hashimoto Contemporary is pleased to present To Have A Mother Means Milk, a solo exhibition by Brooklyn-based artist Mu Pan. The exhibition will be Pan’s inaugural solo presentation at Hashimoto Contemporary.

To Have A Mother Means Milk will be the first chapter of the ‘Mu Universe’. The artist considers himself to be a storyteller first and foremost, looking to create an epic story in a self-created, imaginative world. The artists universe is filled with animals, humans, and hybrid creatures, all of which are depicted feasting, drinking, fighting; in various states of both pain and pleasure. For the exhibition, the artist has created a series of eight new paintings, each exploring the relationship between animals and humans, mythological stories, as well as the artists perspective on religion, to which he was exposed to at an early age.

Placing more of an emphasis on linework, the artist breaks conventions of narrative image making, instead laying out fluid compositions similarly to topographic maps. Highly detailed landscapes unfold before the viewer, navigating across the plane and revealing a new, expansive place. An elegant sense of controlled chaos permeates the work, brimming with energy and life.

About the new body of work, the artist states,”Since this is the beginning of the Mu Universe, I am using milk as the main subject to link up all the works. As a mammal myself, I see milk as the source of life, and to an infant, the mother’s breast is the cosmo. Because this is my own universe, I am no longer concerned about conventional standards, any facts or any regulation.”