- Zheng Lu is an artist.
INTERPRETING NONEXISTENCE - SCULPTURES BY ZHENG LU SOLO EXHIBITION (solo)
EXHIBITION SYNOPSISInterpreting Nonexistence - Sculptures by Zheng Lu Solo Exhibition
Beijing New Age Art Gallery, which is committed to discovering and introducing the public to young contemporary artists, is pleased to present Interpreting Nonexistence: Sculptures by Zheng Lu. This exhibition marks Zheng Lu’s first solo show and offers a broad overview of his artistic career.
Interpreting Nonexistence refers to reading or reading aloud. The sculptures are based on Chinese characters composed of text from reading passages, which establish a connection between the artist’s voice and exhibition theme. On one hand, nonexistence is derived from the form of the sculptures to represent the visual detachment from the physical reality and the “existence” of a hollow frame. On the other hand, nonexistence implies emptiness and an ethereal quality that concentrates on the intrinsic beauty of life particular to eastern philosophy.
The seven works on exhibit are composed of more than 20,000 stainless steel Chinese characters that are welded together so the poetic text becomes legible. Combining a Chinese calligraphic aesthetic with sculptural forms, the outcome is complementary and independent. Chinese calligraphy is known for its formal beauty, while the characters in Chinese literature produce a rich undertone. A sculpture composed of text lends itself to become a medium that expresses life experiences and artistic expression. The charm of the words and their connotations are emphasized while the concepts of “emptiness” and “hollowness”, “Yin” and “Yang” are also reflected. The luminous sculptures play tricks on our eyes and drift between the ideas “to be or not to be” and “life in a fantasy versus reality”.
Zheng Lu has had a deep passion for Chinese calligraphy since he was a child, and understands the importance of balancing text with Chinese brushstroke and the signature seal in traditional Chinese painting. He draws inspiration from the harmony between the meaning and the inscriptions on ancient bronze sculptures that record the history of China. His sculptures focus on Chinese characters and their aesthetic charm.
Zheng Lu uses text in his work as a way to communicate information through powerful visual imagery where the characters are balanced and in accordance with nature to express emptiness. The characters transmit culture and Zheng lu turns the two-dimensional into the three-dimensional. From ideograms to imagery, the essence of culture is transmitted by enriching and expanding the aesthetic space of the Chinese language. The words penetrate our soul through Zheng Lu’s sculptures.