ESLITE GALLERY is pleased to present Zhan Wang: The Invisible from January 12 to February 17, 2019. An extension of Zhan Wang's major retrospective at Long Museum in Shanghai in 2017, this exhibition will feature over 20 representative works Zhan Wang made between 1994 and 2017, with many series including Mao Suit, Heart, Concealed Rock, Forms in Flux presented in Taiwan for the first time.
Made in 1994, Mao Suit was Zhan Wang's one of earliest artistic attempts. It consists of upholstered mannequins dressed up in Mao Suits, whose struggling motions contrast with their vacuous core, serving as an analogy for the conditions of contemporary society and culture. In the video Heart, Zhan pointed a laser beam onto the ground and reflected the light onto the wall in front of him to create a configuration of kaleidoscopic images as the light throbbed with his own pulsating heart. This work marked a transformative direction for Zhan in 2009, as he was inspired by the relationship between the natural and the spiritual worlds. Another newly presented Forms in Flux series deploys algorithms derived from the study of fluid dynamics, 3D printing and tinkered stainless steel to bring to life the artist's imagination of throwing himself in lava. The result is a fluid form of his granulated, morphed self.
Nine years have passed since Zhan Wang's last exhibition Reflection was held at ESLITE GALLERY. This new exhibition, Zhan Wang: The Invisible, is a comprehensive overview of Zhan's seminal works from different periods over the last two decades. By bringing together a diverse range of works, this exhibition seeks to reveal the unlimited bounds that characterise Zhan Wang's oeuvre and his constant exploration and contemplation of the outer and inner worlds using forms.
Press release courtesy Eslite Gallery.