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Ineffable Garden: Zhang Jian-Jun and Barbara Edelstein

Exhibition details

Opening / Event Date:
16 March, 2020
Time:
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Closing / End Date:
6 June, 2020
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Website:
http://alisan.com.hk

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.

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. Zhang has been included in several Alisan group exhibitions, dating back to 1987. Following the enthusiastic reception of works from Zhang’s “elemental ink” series at the Asian Cultural Council (ACC) First Annual Fellows Alumni Showcase hosted by Alisan Fine Arts in 2018, we were inspired to further collaborate with both Zhang and his talented wife 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.

 

“This Ineffable Garden is a link between culture and nature. Gardens have always been a cultural manifestation of nature, especially Chinese Gardens, which reflect the essence of ink art.”

──Zhang Jian-Jun & Barbara Edelstein

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