Sep 12 – Nov 9
The gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of the Beijing-based artist. This exhibition is the first ever showing such a comprehensive array of his internationally recognised fingerprint series, which has evolved since 1987 in various combinations of works on paper with experimental performance. The “fingerprint method” emerged from the artist’s fervent preoccupation to advance ink painting beyond his classical training and the expressive limitations of brush and paper into a novel contemporary format. Through an exploration across media, including installation, video, and performance, Zhang Yu has employed the fingerprint method to increasingly divorce his art from painterly qualities while addressing cultural questions regarding identity and society. For this exhibition, the artist has crafted two and three-dimensional works from Chinese ink, nail polish, stones of jade and stainless steel, acrylic boxes, and glass bottles. The resulting showcase adds a completely fresh and contemporary dialogue to the discourse around the question of what defines ink painting, to which the artist convincingly declares, “ink art is not ink painting.”
Alisan Fine Arts was founded in 1981. Over the years it has organised more than 100 exhibitions for Chinese artists living around the world. Through these exhibitions and other events, Alisan has brought to Hong Kong and other parts of Asia established international Chinese Artists including Zao Wouki, Chu Teh Chun, Gao Xingjian, Chao Chung Hsiang, John Way and Fay Ming, Walasse Ting and Hsiao Chin.
Chu Teh Chun
Lui Shou Kwan