Two Emerging Painters at Hong Kong’s Art Central Put Pattern in the Crosshairs
Zhang’s work juxtaposes a describes, “I wanted to see if I could develop a self-referential process in my way of working, so that the motifs in my work would evolve to inform the motif used in the next work and so on, denying the possibility of impetuous external references coming into play.” In works such as Folded Stencil (Generosity) (2013) and Untitled (2014), respectively, Zhang’s colorful, repeating grounds are highly regulated and the painterly perturbances are minimal.
Often, the images interpenetrate, as in Stencil Negative (Not Dragons Not) (2014), in which a repeated pattern is sometimes covered over by brushy white paint. In other places on the same canvas the patterns sit on top confusing the order of execution.
Jeong’s work is densely layered, often using patterns to build larger forms, or using small images accumulated into repeating shapes, similar to the work of
Both artists use references to modernist art and traditional forms as well as design and textiles. Their work utilizes careful discipline punctuated by moments of aesthetic unruliness. Jeong and Zhang are excellent examples of old-school technical prowess and contemporary free-spiritedness.
Visit Rook & Raven at Art Central 2015, Booth R2, Hong Kong, Mar. 14–16, 2015.