Zhang Wenzhi, Zheng Haozhong
Nov 28, 2023 – Jan 13, 2024
Opening: Saturday, Nov 25, 4pm – 6.30pm
Artist Talk (Mandarin): Zhang Wenzhi in conversation with Leo Li Chen,
Saturday, Nov 25, 5pm – 6pm
The gallery is pleased to present duo solo exhibitions Zhang Wenzhi: Tiger in Mountains, Deer at Ocean and Zheng Haozhong: Melodic Variations, showcasing the recent paintings of two Mainland Chinese artists. Zhang Wenzhi (b. 1993, Dalian, China) is deeply influenced by the colonial history of the Japanese and Russian Empire in his hometown in Northeast China. The cultural history of the region dating to the early 20th century and the subsequent industrialization and modernization of the area are fundamental to Zhang’s practice. He creates ink paintings that incorporate archival materials, exploring the enduring presence of histories, overshadowed by shifts in power and urbanization, in the region’s collective cultural memory. Zheng Haozhong (b. 1985, Shandong province, China) creates portrait paintings of close friends and acquaintances, finding traces of self-expression in the depiction of other individuals. His studio acts as a working space but also a source of inspiration, often serving as a backdrop in his paintings. The window on the studio wall emphasizes the interiority of the space, analogous to his connection to the exterior world. Zheng continued to practise the saxophone during the pandemic, harnessing the performative nature of music as a tool in his artistic language. His work is imbued with an expressive and uninhibited character, reminiscent of musical improvisation. The brushstrokes channel the sentiments of his sitters, and teetering on prescribed norms, they are like dissonant notes within order. Through different approaches, the two painters share a commonality in exploring how individuals navigate through complex realities, dealing with the internal and external, the past and present, the private and public. Their works reveal a poignant self-awareness that is explored through the language of painting.
Set up in 2010, Blindspot Gallery is a Hong Kong-based contemporary art gallery. The gallery began with a primary focus on contemporary photography and image-based art, and has evolved to include diverse media in contemporary art. The gallery represents both emerging and established artists, mainly from Hong Kong and the region but also beyond.
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