Zhang Wenxin - Tide Pool (solo)
Date 2019.01.27-2019.03.17...closed
Opening 2019.01.27, 16:00, Sunday
Venue R Gallery
(Qujiang Creative Circle West Street S8, Floor 1, Xian)
Curator Hu Hao
Artist Zhang Wenxin


R Gallery is announcing with honor that we are going to hold artist ZHANG Wenxin’s Solo show "Tide Pool" from Jan.27 to Mar.17.
People find tides in many places. Black liquid with white foam washing over the coastal highway at night, lover’s lips passing silent words, shore sunken into pain with its bare muscles and bones, wet light-colored blouse hanging on the balcony, wind with unknown purpose... Here at another time, the tide was wild and grooving, but it was bound to turn into potential energy of peace, stirring people's consciousness, letting it emerge from the pond of experience that was as thick as a swamp. At a chance as rare as gold, in a moment disappearing, the fortunate and the prepared will gain the courage to rename everything. So the tides, too, have become tides that are only true to themselves.
Tide is the breath of water, giving and taking, appearing and disappearing, rising and falling, lighting and extinguishing, looping endlessly. The ancient metaphor is like the aquamarine pigment used by artists to sketch outdoors from light. It is also the subtle background color of “Tide Pool”. However, “Tide Pool” is not an evocation song of the past, nor does it intend to vainly restore the mystery of the age of barbarism, even though there is the structure of giving and taking in “The Daybreak”, clues of appearing and disappearing in “The Nightfall”, confusion of rising and falling in “The Cascade”. Even the whole “Tide Pool” in the concrete box grows naturally in between lighting and extinguishing. “Tide Pool” relies on the original energy of tides, uses actual new technologies, and provides a series of the present with the same actuality. Nevertheless, just like the varied liquid in “The Strange Water”, “Tide Pool” does not share stories. It is ultimately an effort of shaping: it uses the hardness and softness,
Text by HU Hao