Zhang Xiaoli, The Enigma of Time 时间之迷 (detail), 2022, Chinese ink and colour on silk 绢本水墨设色, 58 x 25 1/2 inches (147.3 x 64.8 cm)
Zhang Xiaoli: Whimsical Maze 张小黎: 清妙奇踪
January 4 – February 3, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 4, 5-8 pm
As the new year approaches, Fu Qiumeng Fine Art is delighted to present Whimsical Maze 清妙奇踪, the inaugural North American solo exhibition of contemporary female artist Zhang Xiaoli. The exhibition traces the poetic experiments of Eastern aesthetics intertwined with scientific concepts. Using the gentle and delicate technique of fine brushwork on silk and paper, Zhang Xiaoli constructs ethereal and wondrous parallel worlds, narrating realms of free interest amidst distortions and imagination.
Zhang Xiaoli seeks to transcend the inherent forms of traditional Chinese painting within the contemporary art scene. She integrates concepts such as LEGO components, puzzle games, box and containers, scientific themes, and mysticism, building a multi-dimensional spiritual landscape and a space of interweaving, overlapping, and looping that crosses the boundaries of East and West. Viewing her works is like stepping into a fantasy world, where different elements are intertwined and combined, building a parallel universe that transcends time and space through multiple planes. The traditional Gongbi technique, elegant gardens, and the symbolic components from traditional paintings are juxtaposed with Western scientific experiments and philosophy, exploring the spatiality and relationships between objects. The two-dimensional surfaces present multi-dimensional depth, thereby breaking traditional notions of flatness.
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