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Exhibiting Artists: Zhang Kexin

Venue: F1 Pit Building > venue details

Dates: 14 Nov 2012 - 18 Nov 2012

Those outstanding people who created Chinese development by their technical knowledge seem to all have vanished. The only thing left is a transformed society and a tattered and torn environment: doctors have drinking parties with prostitutes, pocket a red packet, then pick up the scalpel; professors’ academic plagiarizing becomes common practice, not representing the high moral character a teacher should have; stars in show business only pretend to sing, behaving badly, creating scandal again and again; the Literary Arts domain has been raped by money and materialists, and has lost it’s psychic social sense of responsibility and chastity; former intellectual aristocrats follow and keep pace with the times, turning into the new aristocratic social stratum, who are also the key people of fame and fortune. The high tide sweeps across the bustling place: mansion gardens floating the “fairy smoke” of hemp, and the high-quality limousines driving around, powerful celebrities in San Li Tun luxurious bar, and night clubs, in their narcissism still not forgetting those who have big boobs and infatuated with eye lashes…

    Driven by cerebral workers, a dispirited transformation time approaches, but this time will also become China’s transition-period and the longest page as well. Artist Zhang Kexin has had the fortune to live in this multicoloured exaggerated time. Of course, as an artist he has a mind, Zhang Kexin surely uses his own work to describe and record this special time, “Sybarites” collection appears as a topical creation. It is Zhang Kexin’s most powerful new work, from installation, image, sculpture, painting are multi-artistic forms to display.

“Sybarites” series is Zhang Kexin’s challenge to Chinese contemporary art’s over-formalised generalisation, signifying, peeling realistic society, all kinds of problems. A brand-new attempt and breakthrough – wanting Chinese contemporary art to return to Chinese contemporary cultural life. In other words, creating artistic content higher than the artistic form, remaking a brand new Chinese contemporary art linguistic environment. The creation of the “Sybarites” collection manifests Zhang Kexin’s independent personalized artistic language, emphasizing the joy of painting poems. In these pictures, the artist gives personal art intelligence and skill. To its portrayal of a person or event, sometimes it is a smile of ridicule, sometimes it is black humour, sometimes exaggeration like a Hollywood farce movie, sometimes in the passing clouds and flowing water serious thought is exposed, sometimes flashes a knife edge analogy from the gentle, also in the mild romantic symbolic affective tone containing artistic depth.

“Sybarites” collection allows the Eastern and Western drawing language a chance to reform. Also, this inspires Zhang Kexin’s independent and bright artistic linguistic environment, the charm of eastern cultural art and the feeling of modern western cultural art. A worm damaged apple can still shine misleadingly lovely, a fresh flower's wilting is for arousing the memory of a most beautiful time. In ancient times, the "Hong Lou Meng" luxurious dream makes unexpected people fall in love until now, “Sybarites” gradually reveals its significant historical value. Zhang Kexin’s contemporary art world, still continues his self-inherent path, in human society’s two big domains “material and spirit”, seeks the balance spot, and to humanity's spiritual domain, places a fervently higher hope…   

Look over Zhang Kexin’s newest work, it is full of Eastern romantic poems and aestheticism and artistic colour, telling people of an artist’s aspiration: about his disappointment and expectation with current human capitalist society’s disassimilation phenomenon, also by implicit art criticism way, reposing the expectation of the future happiness of humanity.


  • Zhang Kexin


    Zhang Kexin (born Harbin, China in 1957) graduated from the art department of Harbin’s Pedagogical University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1982, and worked as the editor of Heilongjiang’s Provincial Fine Art Publishing House in 1989. His paintings were shown at the Chinese national art exhibition during 1984 to 1989. From 1992, he became a "nomadic artist", travelling to Russia and holding a touring exhibition in national art museums of all the Eastern European countries. He has made ac

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