maandag, september 16, 2019

Zhang Huan #3

Zhang Huan's studio complex, Shanghai, 2014.

Zhang Huan’s studio in an old hydraulics factory in the far distant outskirts of Shanghai, 2015.

The woodworking shop.

The metalworking shop.

Outside. (bron: Charles Saumarez Smith en Charles Saumarez Smith)

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Installation view of Ash Buddha, Zhang Huan studio, Shanghai, 2007. (bron: The Telegraph, foto's: Tom Uglow)

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Zhang Huan in his studio, Shanghai. (bron: Vanity Fair, foto: Patrick Wack)

Zhang Huan's studio, 2015. (bron: China Art Management)

Rescued Ming-era bricks stacked in piles at Zhang Huan’s studio complex in Shanghai, 2015.

"A gaggle of Zhang Huan’s people receive me when I arrive at the artist’s eight-acre art factory in Xinqiao, a town buried in the southwestern suburbs of Shanghai. There are two publicity people who double as translators and two photographers who record my every move. I feel a little uncomfortable as their cameras constantly click. The studio curator is also hovering attentively close.

The studio site is immense—a conglomerate of cathedral-like spaces that was once a hydraulic factory until Zhang took over in 2008, three years after his return to China after living in New York for two decades. With the help of his 180 or so studio workers, Zhang breathed new life into the 1960s buildings, turning the estate into an art factory on an industrial scale.
But there is one particular workshop that stops me in my tracks. Its windows and doors are covered in heavy drapes and its interior is spotless, but a soft light filters through from the building’s clerestory windows. Nothing seems to stir. I do not see one speck of dust. The space is virtually empty but for one wall, where a monumental ash painting of breathtaking proportions hangs.

Zhang Huan’s new 37-meter ash painting, entitled June 15, 1964.

Zhang Huan in his Shanghai studio, 2015. (bron: ArtAsiaPacific, foto's: Michael Young)

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vrijdag, september 13, 2019

Zhang Dali #5

Zhang Dali, Beijing, ca. 1999(?). Still from the video "The Beijing Graffiti Artist Making a Statement". (bron video: YouTube)

Zhang Dali, Beijing, ca. 1999(?). Still from a video. (bron video: artlinkart)

Beijing-based artist Zhang Dali opened the city up to street art in 1995, after spending several years in self-exile in Italy, where he became familiar with the techniques of graffiti and its ability to arouse spontaneous communication. Upon returning to Beijing, he started by spraying in the hidden side streets and underpasses of a city that seemed more like a gigantic construction site. Later he left his mark on old, run-down buildings scheduled for demolition, claiming back the space that had once been important to people living there. His symbol was his spray-painted profile, appearing like a ghost in alleyways and creating a mysterious presence, as well as his tag “AK-47”. Several days after spraying for the first time on an overpass in Beijing, Zhang walked by and saw that someone had written underneath “What the hell are you doing? Who are you?” He took a picture of it and titled it “Dialogue”.
(bron: Global South Development Magazine)

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Zhang Dali in his studio, Beijing, ca. 1999(?). Stills from the video "The Beijing Graffiti Artist Making a Statement". (bron video: YouTube)

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Zhang Dali #3

New wax sculptures at the studio in Beijing, 2017.

Square sculptures at Zhang Dali’s studio in Beijing, 2017.

A glimpse of the studio, 2017.

Zhang Dali at his studio in Beijing, 2018.

Film Director Zheng Hao at Zhang Dali’s studio to shoot a documentary about the artist ‘s career, 2018.

Zhang Dali in his beijing studio, 2019. (bron: ZhangDaliArt | facebook)

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Zhang Dali painting at his Studio in Heiqiao, 2014.

New sculptures in stainless steel, 2015.

Zhang Dali working signing the molds, 2015.

Zhang Dali prepares a new group of bronze sculptures "Yu Gong moves the Mountains", 2015.

New cyanotype, 2015.

Zhang Dali making a new series of cyanotypes at his studio in Heiqiao, Beijing, 2016.

Zhang Dali working at a cyanotype at his studio in Heiqiao, 2016.

Zhang Dali making new Brownian Motion sculptures at his studio in Heiqiao, 2017. (bron: ZhangDaliArt | facebook)

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