• For Beijing Gallery Weekend, California- and Shanghai-based experimental ink artist Zheng Chongbin will debut Walking Penumbra, his latest immersive light-and-space video installation.

    Centrally featured in the 11th Shanghai Biennale, Zheng’s 2015 installation Wall of Skies confronted its viewer with a concrete, crystallized ink wall in a perception-shifting non-rectilinear white space. As a sequel to this acclaimed installation, Walking Penumbra places its viewers in an inchoate black space of layered shadow, skylight, moving image, and sound. By moving through the space, the viewer continually discovers his or her position and orientation in relation to a kaleidoscopic flux of images and sounds.



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  • b. 1961 in Shanghai, lives and works in San Francisco and Shanghai.

    Throughout his career of three decades, Zheng Chongbin (b. 1961, Shanghai) has held the classical Chinese ink tradition and Western pictorial abstraction in productive mutual tension. Systematically exploring and deconstructing their conventions and constituents—figure, texture, space, geometry, gesture, materiality—he has developed a distinctive body of work that makes the vitality of matter directly perceptible. Central to Zheng’s art is the notion of the world as always in flux, consisting of flows of matter and energy that repeatedly cohered and dissipated. Inherent in pre-modern Chinese and especially Daoist thought, this worldview enables contemporary inquiries into complex systems like climate and social behavior, artificial intelligence, and quantum physics. Through the interactions of ink, acrylic, water, and paper, Zheng’s paintings generate and record the processes that underlie the emergence of order (including organic life and human consciousness) and its inevitable dissipation. His paintings thus resemble natural structures ranging from neurons, blood vessels, and tree branches to mountains, rivers, and coastlines, but by instantiating their formation rather than by objective depiction.
    INk Studio
    +86 10 5127 3143
    info@inkstudio.com.cn
    Red No. 1-B1, Caochangdi, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China