Glen Echo Park Partnership Galleries: Popcorn Gallery | Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann Knot Forest

By Editorial Team on July 31, 2023

Sat, August 12 2023 — Sun, October 1 2023

Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann, Salamander Room. Courtesy of Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann.
Opening Reception: Friday, August 4 from 6-8pm (during Art Walk)
Art Walk and ALL Glen Echo Gallery Receptions have been
RESCHEDULED to: Saturday, August 12 from 6-8pm

The Popcorn Gallery presents “Knot Forest,” an exhibition by artist Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann. “Knot Forest” combines collage, mosaic, and window installation to examine themes of escapism, accumulation, utopia, and magic by building fragmented, melting, and sublimating abstract worlds.

Large paintings on rice and Yupo paper combine sumi ink pours with repetitive drawings from a personal lexicon and mythology, including traditional still life imagery from the artist’s background as a sumi ink painter: bamboo, plum blossoms, and chrysanthemums. The collages create a maximalist, even overwhelming, realm—one that creates abstract portholes into worlds that draw from Mann’s background as a biracial, Asian-American artist. The exhibition also includes mosaics created with glass, ceramic, and stone tile, then collaged with traditionally painted sumi ink rice paper.

The show’s signature piece is a vinyl-on-window installation. During the course of “Knot Forest’s” exhibition run, the artist invites viewers and visitors to collaborate on a site-specific installation on the windows of the Popcorn Gallery using translucently painted vinyl—creating an effect that mimics stained glass. During the day, the sun shining through the vinyl will spread swaths of colored light through the space. Members of the public who visit the exhibition are encouraged to add to the installation by cutting and sticking vinyl to the windows of the gallery to expand the piece. Through an examination of materials and the creation of lush, maze-like abstract realms, this exhibition creates a discourse on the spaces we live in and our representations of—and relationship to—them.

Artist Biography
Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann creates large scale paintings and paper installations that examine mythology, identity, and landscape. She is the recipient of the Sustainable Arts Foundation grant, a Fulbright grant, the AIR Gallery and Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Fellowships, and the Mayor’s Award and Hamiltonian Fellowship in Washington, DC. Venues where Mann has shown her work include the Kreeger Museum, Academy Art Museum, Walters Art Museum, American University Museum, Tides Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Rawls Museum, the US consulate in Dubai, UAE, and the US embassy in Yaounde, Cameroon.

Artist Statement
I examine landscape painting, environment, and cultural estrangement by building luxuriant, cinematically scaled paper paintings and installations. These combine romantic, utopian, and immersive sensibilities from both Chinese and Western landscape painting traditions with a lexicon drawn from a personal mythology informed by my identity as a biracial, second-generation Asian American: ribbons, baubles, bats, peaches, sperm, piles of flowers repeated so many times as to appear biomorphic and alien, but bursting with incongruous efflorescence. This work addresses two primary concerns: the exploration of landscape in a world where “landscape” is defined through an ever-widening field of digital, graphic, and visual forms, and the insertion of personal world building—a world of fragmentation, hybridity, and incongruity—into that history.


The Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, a non-profit organization, manages the arts programs and historic buildings of Glen Echo Park, a vibrant arts and cultural center in Montgomery County, MD. The Park offers classes and camps in visual and performing arts, art exhibitions, children’s theater performances, summer concerts, environmental programs, special events and festivals, and a lively social dance program. Glen Echo Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo, Maryland, six miles northwest of Georgetown along the scenic Potomac River palisades.

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Popcorn Gallery at Glen Echo Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD.