Art Projects International

The Brooklyn RailJuly 1, 2004

Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China



The exhibition by Jian-Jun Zhang at the Dance Theater Workshop, entitled Time Chapter: Chelsea, features the artist’s projected architectural ruminations on what may happen to the neighborhood in the future. Each photograph includes a subtle invention in which Zhang has painted a biomorphic shape, suggesting a kind of pod or virus taking effect. The implication is that over time the pod will grow, expand, and develop, erasing the presence of the buildings as we know them today. Zhang’s work is conceptual and deals with time, specifically with slow time, with the evolution of forms gradually transmuting what we know and believe is real today. Given the history of a country such as China, the long view (which includes a human quality known as patience) is close to Zhang’s aesthetic and perhaps embedded with his consciousness.

– Robert C. Morgan and Nick Stillman

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