Posts Tagged ‘Zhan Wang’

Zhan Wang: Morph at Long March Space

Zhan Wang. Morph, 2014-15; installation view, Long March Space, Beijing. Courtesy of the Artist and Long March Space.

Quiet, cool, and dimly lit, Long March Gallery is an ethereal sanctuary for the five sculptures of Zhan Wang’s Morph. A tall, abstract sculptural form perches on a marble pedestal in the first gallery; next to it is a large, shiny work from Zhan’s ongoing Artificial Rock series. Together they create an intriguing juxtaposition. Immediately it seems odd to view such a work inside a[…..]

Zhan Wang: Universe

Zhan Wang, My Personal Universe, Video still, 2012. Image courtesy of UCCA, Beijing.

In The Savage Mind (1962), Claude Lévi-Strauss made a case for “the intrinsic value of a small-scale model” of art, legitimising the art of the miniature because it “compensates for the renunciation of sensible dimensions by the acquisition of intelligible dimensions”. The miniature or the microcosmic representation is, as Lévi-Strauss rationalised, a schematic reduction permitting immediate intelligibility, because it essentially constitutes a bona fide experience[…..]