Rén Space is delighted to present Yang Zhenzhong solo exhibition, Exposure, opening on 1 November 2020. As Yang Zhenzhong's first solo exhibition with Rén Space, the works presented are his new sculptural installation and video works from his recent collaboration with Rén Space using the latest robotic carving technologies.
The exhibition includes a series of stone carvings made in the Chongwu area in Fujian province, and a short film shot in the area of the local craftsmen. The stone carvings are chained and intertwined, frequently seen as stone barriers in different natural tourist areas in China. However, the difference is how the chains are essential and inseparable from the conception in literal and physical sense. While taking full advantage of the latest technology, Yang Zhenzhong deliberately denies the totally automated creating process. He interrupts the flow and embeds his individual artistic knowledge by hand to announce that 'the double premises of human-nature binary opposition and human superiority have failed.' 1
The film Refreshing establishes the critical foundation of this work, declaring that it is not to be evaluated solely on artificial intelligence and technology. It does not stop at realistic documentation of the whole creative process, but also amplifies the artist's intention through interruption recorded at higher than normal frame rates. These new works deeply resonate in Yang Zhenzhong's interplay between commentary of the most relevant issues at hand, and material experiences through different techniques that may lead to a sense of an immense, and perhaps ambitious discoveries. It also marks a new stage in Yang Zhenzhong's continued evolution of distinctive vocabulary whilst also reflecting his keen observations of current society.
Press release courtesy Rén Space.