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Resurrection of Materiality: Dual Exhibition by Zhuang Hong Yi and Zhang Zhenxue

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Resurrection of Materiality: Dual Exhibition by Zhuang Hong Yi and Zhang Zhenxue

Exhibition Duration: May 8 to June 19, 2016
Participating Artist: Zhuang Hong Yi, Zhang Zhenxue

 

In art history, the role of material has been repeatedly questioned, denied, deprived of any function, overly emphasized and completely ignored. Recently, however, there seems to be a resurgence of crafting and materially-focused work in contemporary art and architecture. This renewed interest in the “surface” of artwork can be identified in the works of the two featured artists Zhuang Hong Yi and Zhang Zhenxue. Zhuang Hong Yi’s works present composed images made out of multicolored flower petals on rice paper. In his “flower paintings” inspired by aerial views of the flower fields in the Netherlands, the Beijing-Rotterdam based artist applies colors and varnish on rose and lotus petals, arranging them on the surface in a process akin to action painting. Emphasis on material is also a major characteristic of the other featured artist, Zhang Zhenxue.

Works filled with chandeliers, staircases and marvelous princess beds of the Chongqing-based artist are marked by increased involvement with materiality rendered in thick layers of oil paint and occasionally glass fragments. Resurrection of Materiality: Dual Exhibition by Zhuang Hong Yi and Zhang Zhenxue marks the ongoing trend contemporary art is witnessing at the present moment. Resurrection, a term that denotes a condition of having been restored to life, serves as a lens through which displayed works of rather sculptural quality are examined. Accentuating the role of material in their works, both artists share a common vision of material as a means not only to transmit meaning, but rather as a means to create meaning. Treatment of the surface is therefore a technique as well as an artistic statement that underlines a new tendency in the contemporary art landscape.

材料的复兴: 庄红艺和张振学双个展

展期: 2016年5月8日至6月19日
参展艺术家庄红艺张振学

 

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