Opening on May 7, 2016 at Triumph Art Space, “Historic Landscape — Solo Exhibition of He Jie & Dissimilation — Solo Exhibition of Zheng Hongxiang” will continue until June 12, featuring 34 new works by He Jie and Zheng Hongxiang.
Social architecture adheres to the pendulum of power. Power, like blood capillary, infiltrates top down into every aspect of daily life and constructs a set of organic organizational form, toward which all men move self-explanatorily. He Jie reproduces the phenomenon of collectivism or authority artworks, showing audiences “the coquetry of power” with images. High-rise buildings and artworks bridge the gap between people but restrict the possibility of self-consciousness with romantic imaginations in a holistic way. His works are shaded with gray, as if there were a light-tight wall erected in front of the audiences which pushes them away from the artwork and makes what the artist wants to express obscurer. Upon profound reflection, audiences may be able to see through the fabrication and come back to their true feelings. The artworks’ aim in representing the rediscovery of human nature can thus be realized.
All kinds of voices reverberating in his surroundings, Zheng Hongxiang, as a younger-generation artist born in the 1980s, gradually develops in his mind an aesthetic value scale measuring each individual artwork accurately with true feelings and rational contemplation, and promotes his own artistic creation with the help of the scale. Similarly, the process of Zheng’s creation also goes from imagination to actual realities step by step. He adopts several techniques of expression, including juxtaposition, repetition, shifting and subjective conjecture, to destruct and reorganize his drawings and then construct a juxtaposition of various visual elements. The juxtaposed elements, in this way, share a delicate relationship, as methodologically manifested in the noumenon of the artwork. In this path of “dissimilation”, Zheng’s artworks are a full expression of his understanding and feelings of drawing and guide audiences into a pure world of art.