Art Projects International is pleased to announce Zheng Xuewu: Meditation from October 28 to November 21, 2008. In his second exhibition with the gallery, Beijing based artist Zheng Xuewu presents his major work Meditation and folk art inspired Chinese Style Blessing series. Zheng has become celebrated for creating an art of unorthodox methods that is in unique dialogue with quotidian Chinese imagery and characters. Meditation has as its foundation, as do his earlier signature Ink Pieces series, multitudes of characters which are printed on the paper one by one using lead type found by the artist. The artist carefully orchestrates the characters positions and works into the negative spaces, between the characters, by hand; Zheng says he tries “to cancel the meaning of the characters and just use them as pattern.” In his Chinese Style Blessing series Zheng reaches into folk traditions to add to his repertoire of mark making techniques and image sources. Zheng uses sprayed paint and paper cutouts as stencils, working the images into colorful arrangements that visually pop-out and fade into dark paper grounds. Each new year, paper cutouts are put up around families’ homes in China; different symbols and images represent different wishes. Offerings in Zheng’s Chinese Style Blessing series include the characters for “good luck,” “prosperity,” “longevity,” and “happiness” and, in the same spirit, the symbolic imagery of roosters, flowers, dragons, phoenixes, babies and Mao Zedong.
Born 1964 in Heilongjiang Province, China. Lives and works in Beijing.
Art Projects International, New York, NY (2008); Red Gate Gallery, Beijing (2007); Art Projects International, New York, NY (2005); Impact 4 Printmaking Exhibition, Kollwitz Museum, Berlin, Germany (2005); Strong, Espace d’Art Contemporain, Antibes, France (2005); Asia Contemporary Art Exhibition, Gwangju Art Museum, Korea (2004); Hanes Art Center, Chapel Hill, NC (2004); Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC (2004); Red Gate Gallery, Beijing (2004); Art Scene China, Shanghai (2003); Ink and Paper, Arras Museum, Paris (2001); The Emancipated Brush, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, CA (2001); National Art Museum, Beijing (2000).
“No Border: Zheng Xuewu Solo Exhibition,” Time Out Beijing, Beijing, August 2007; Jonathan Goodman, “Zheng Xuewu at Art Projects International,” Art Asia Pacific, reproduction, New York, Fall 2005; Xenia Tetmajer von Prxerwa, Zheng Xuewu’s Lone Journey into Abstraction, exhibition catalog, Redgate Gallery, Beijing, 2004; Zheng Zuoliang, My View of Xuewu Print, catalog essay, Beijing, 2003; Xenia Tetmajer von Prxerwa, A Labyrinth of Reality, catalog essay, Beijing, 2003; Judith Farquhar, Introduction to Zheng Xuewu’s Work, exhibition catalogue, reproductions, Art Scene China, Shanghai, 2003; Song Xiaoxia, “The Visual World in the Eye of the Urchin,” Chinese Art, 1999; Li Chun, “To the Tune of a Different Drum: The Paintings of Zheng Xuewu,” Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, September 1994.
National Art Museum of China, Beijing; Kollwitz Museum, Berlin, Germany; Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC; Gwangju Art Museum, Korea; BHP, Australian Embassy, Beijing; Westinghouse, Beijing; Beijing International Art Palace.
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