ShanghART Gallery is pleased to present XU ZHEN®’s latest global project — “SIGNAL” at Art Jakarta 2022. Collaborating with the art fair, “SIGNAL” at Jakarta will be its first station in the world.
At our booth, mobile phone-sized paintings from the “Passion” series will be displayed one at a time and replaced with another at hourly intervals. This succession of paintings on the wall constitutes the exhibition. The rotation of the paintings echoes the ever-changing nature of the mobile phone screen and the digital reality it reflects. In doing so, XU ZHEN® creatively extracts the mental states of the public on social media, and injects the “passion” therein into the art fair.
In collaboration with Art Jakarta, Xu Zhen gives as a gift one of his “Passion” paintings to local audiences in Indonesia including curators, collectors, artists, etc. Each recipient is invited to display the painting on their Instagram accounts. Therefore, during and beyond the art fair, there will be an "art exhibition" on Instagram.
“Passion”, a series of paintings in a seemingly abstract expressionist style, is both a derivative of smart social media and a representation of daily life experience on the Internet. The works are based on a great invention — screen capture on mobile phones. The abstract-expressionist free writing vividly pours various kinds of emotion commonly seen in chatrooms onto the picture. This series is not only an intense reaction to the mental state on social media, but also its release and reconciliation. Herein lies a brand new object of painting and way of representation. In a highly creative way, the artist exploits our digitized reality.
The caption of the paintings with the mobile phone size is a series of randomly generated numbers, which symbolizes countless art "signals" sent by the artist.
Related Artists: XU ZHEN® 徐震®