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Ink Studio(墨斋)
2015.05.30 Sat - 2015.09.23 Wed
Opening Exhibition
05/30/2015 18:00
Red No. 1-B1, Caochangdi, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China(中国北京市朝阳区机场辅路草场地艺术区红一号B1, 邮编100015)
+86 135 1100 3034
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Tuesday – Sunday 10.00am – 6.00pm(周二至周日 上午10点 - 下午6点)

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[Press Release]

Throughout his career of three decades, Zheng Chongbin (b. 1961, Shanghai) has held the classical Chinese ink tradition and Western pictorial abstraction in productive mutual tension. Systematically exploring and deconstructing their conventions and constituents—figure, texture, space, geometry, gesture, materiality—he has developed a distinctive body of work that makes the vitality of matter directly perceptible, not picturing but instantiating nature’s entropic processes and fractal structures in the interactions of ink, acrylic, paper, and light. In him painting is both ontology and phenomenology, at once immanent in the world and realized in perception.

Zheng Chongbin 郑重宾, Wall of Skies 層層天墙, 2014

Zheng Chongbin 郑重宾, Wall of Skies 層層天墙, 2014

Maintaining his commitment to painting, Zheng Chongbin now extends his conceptual explorations into the dimensions of space and time. With two light-and-space installations entitled Wall of Skies, he transforms the first-floor galleries into an immersive environment. He mounts a monumental work of ink on paper on a complex folded structure fully enclosed by a tilted ceiling and slanted walls, creating a delicate interplay of nonparallel lines and planes. Freed from architectural and perspectival positioning, the viewer continually recreates the space by navigating the installation’s surfaces, recalling the sanyuan or “three distances” of classical Chinese landscape paintings. Resolving neither into painting, nor sculpture, nor pure light and space, Wall of Skies insists on its material presence even as its objecthood is dissolved in a spatial experience.

The video room screens a rendition of Chimeric Landscape, an environmental video installation concurrently on view at the 56th Venice Biennale. It presents entropic processes and emergent order in a stream of homologous microscopic and macroscopic imagery. An accompanying soundscape is similarly dilated or contracted to human scale. As images and sounds morph into each other, as they arise from and dissipate into silence and blankness, time itself becomes unsettled, textured, and vital. Just as the paintings and installations both suggest and resist perspective, Chimeric Landscape releases the viewer into the infinite flux of the world only to make it perceptible as form.

Zheng Chongbin has previously exhibited at Daimler Contemporary Berlin (2015), the Microsoft Innovation Center, Beijing (2014), the Shanghai Himalayas Art Museum (2014), Ink Studio, Beijing (2013), Christie’s New York (2013), Zhejiang Art Museum (2013), the Hong Kong Art Center (2012), Saatchi Gallery (2012), Shanghai Gallery of Art (2011), the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (2010), Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art (2009), the Pacific Asia Museum (2009), Busan Museum of Modern Art (2008), China National Academy of Painting (2008), and the Third Chengdu Biennial (2007).