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Ineffable Garden: Zhang Jian-Jun and Barbara Edelstein, Guided tours: 3pm, 5pm, 7pm

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24 April, 2020
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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In response to the great success of our current exhibition, Ineffable Garden by Zhang Jian-Jun and Barbara Edelstein, Alisan Fine Arts is pleased to announce that the exhibition will be extended until Tuesday, June 6th, 2020.

Art Gallery Day
Date: Friday, 24 April 2020
Time: 12-8pm

Guided tours: 3pm, 5pm, 7pm

Alisan Fine Arts is proud to present our first joint exhibition for the Chinese ink painter Zhang Jian-Jun and multi-media American artist Barbara Edelstein.

Traditionally Chinese artists have focused on the subject of gardens and nature to communicate the artist’s personal relationship with the world and landscape. For this exhibition we have selected to showcase Zhang’s “Rubbing Rain” series, “Flowing Water” series and “First Drop of Water” series that draw upon his fascination with water. Placed in poetic dialogue alongside Edelstein’s photographs and sculptures exploring the structure and forms of leaves, the gallery environment morphs into an “Ineffable Garden” of contemplative curiosity.

Zhang Jian-Jun is an abstract artist preoccupied by the themes of existence, time, space, and transformation, and their effects on individuals and culture. His interest in the natural world and his fascination with water have inspired his creation of series paintings such as “First Drop of Water” series, “Rubbing Rain” series and also his “Flowing Water” series, which represent an extension of his philosophical exploration of water and the vehement visual force of ink. Further with his “Ink Rock” series with the investigation in scholars’ rocks, Zhang takes his search deeper into time as a medium in depiction the integration of nature and culture.

The interface of nature and life serves as the foundation for Barbara Edelstein’s artworks. Her internalised interpretations of leaves, with their intricate forms, membranes and patterns, are poetically interpreted in both two and three-dimensional artworks, including photography, ink painting and sculpture. Edelstein often employs industrial materials like silicone and current technology in combination with traditional techniques such as Chinese ink on paper. Her fascination with the structural forms of leaves has led to her series of leaf sculptures, photographs, drawings and video, through which the artist conveys a message of universal oneness.


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