Hauser & Wirth, New York is presenting an exhibition of new paintings by Zhang Enli.
In his latest body of work, Zhang Enli’s uninhibited, intuitive approach to color and form ideally complements his signature focus upon the quotidian. "The Garden" series — featuring works such as "The Skeleton," "The Classical Painting," and "The Gold Arowana" — advances his unique approach to abstraction and explores the deceptively poetic aspects of everyday contemporary life.
A champion of overlooked spaces and objects, Zhang Enli works from sketches, photographs, and memories to render his experience of the world in variegated brushstrokes and intimations of figures. His works, grounded in his immediate surroundings, involve a ceaseless scrutiny of ways of seeing. For the paintings on view in "The Garden," Zhang Enli has drawn inspiration from the gardens that populate the industrialized cityscape of Shanghai, articulating his impressions of their organic forms through expansive, immersive paintings that envelop viewers in an uncanny sense of recognition.
Zhang Enli often magnifies his subjects until a specific fragment of a scene is depicted, as if enlarged through the viewfinder of a camera. In the suite of five works titled "The Garden" (2017), the palette shifts from verdant greens to earthy browns in landscapes evoking the foliage that lines Shanghai’s streets. Rather than sweeping vistas, Zhang Enli hones in on sections of dense vegetation to offer renderings that are not faithful duplicates, but highly personal impressions.
The exhibition is on view through April 7, 2018 at Hauser & Wirth, 548 West 22nd Street, New York 10011- USA.
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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.