ZHIMING ZHENG SOLO EXHIBITION 10/18-11/13
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艺术家的故事是一个与宗教很少勾连的故事，是一个关于艺术家与艺术“涅槃”的故事。痛来但超脱于痛，苦去却不止于苦 —— 妙明真心才是故事本来面目。
如相 (1 - 98 ) | Phases (1 - 98 ) | 纸上丙烯 · 水彩 | 37.5x27.5cm | 2018-2019
2015 - G5 | 纸上丙烯 · 水彩 | 198x153cm | 2015
元元系列 | Yuan Series | 水彩 | 180x107cm | 2014
‘Understanding, seeing and asking for Bodhi’. This is what we want to say but cannot say.
"Ruxiang (Phases)" exhibits 108 face-related works created by Zheng Zhiming in recent years. The 108 faces represent sentient beings and heroes, who are all alike, all who are Buddha. Zen said: ‘it is wrong to speak, and it is wrong to desire.’ When words fail, we allow the vision to say what cannot be said by mouth. Perhaps this is the origin of ‘Ruxiang (Phases)’.
The story of the artist is one that has little to do with religion, but about the artist himself and the nirvana of his artworks. The works depict pain, yet are detached from the pain; bitterness, but beyond physical suffering— they are the exploitation and expression of one’s true self.
2015 - G2 & G3 | 水彩 | 198x153cm | 2015
As a pure artist, his works can be clearly divided into two stages: realistic and freehand, respectively focuses on scene and emotion. Between the two stages, Zhiming had a serious illness. Having gone through the test of life and death, Zhiming completely abandoned all his artistic skills and techniques of realism, as well as the painting pattern he was used to. Instead, he started the pursuit of the truth in the chaos of nothingness. This required perseverance. To a certain extent, these works reproduce the artist’s experience of the moment between life and death.
The exhibition ‘Ruxiang (Phases)’ illustrates artist’s anxiety and reflection on the issue of ‘emotion’, with the title of 108 heroes, the artist clearly has something to say: ‘In pain I learnt that what is truly important in life: the longing and pursuit of the spiritual world is the essence of one’s being. I talk with myself through the paintings, and express my attitudes towards life. Essentially, all my paintings are related to my current surrounding, causing myself to subvert and return to my true self’
2019 - G7 | 纸上丙烯 · 水彩 | 99x71cm | 2019
In the studio, I have seen hundreds of works related to face, which are the proof that the artist has been immersed in his works for all these years. I read the deep fear in those faces that are ready to be seen and shock whoever sees them. Behind the fear is the essence of life—the soul, which is not only generally visualized, but depicted as symbols of the entire human race, as well as the existence and demise of history, politics, culture and the society created by man.
With a strong and powerful artistic style, these works are full of tension and directly connect with each audience’s inner self and the exploration of personal values. Zheng Zhiming said that he always wanted to show the inner extreme psychological state of the characters in his paintings, creating a moment of stillness of these characters, the air, memory and time. Art not only regards spirituality as anecdotes, but also the only way to created concrete existence. It is full of sudden existence and stillness. After all, ‘Ruxiang (Phases)’ depicts the complex spiritual world of man.
The artist visualizes fear, melancholy and loneliness, and displays the contradictions and pains of vision after abandoning the structure. With bold and unrestrained brushwork, calm and rich color, these works stimulate complex feelings: a mix of tension, anxiety, depression and sadness. The characters are not just symbols, but body, mind and chaotic senses in one. There are emotions that explore the limits of life. These are reflected within these shocking, resisting and helpless emotions with evidence of also sour and sorrowful shouts of the soul. This is an art experience that is so deeply touching physically and mentally that leave people at a loss for words.
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