Zhang Enli 张恩利, ‘Space Painting’, 2016, Qiao Space

Zhang Enli was born in Jilin province in 1965. He graduated from Wuxi Technical University, Arts and Design Institute in 1989 and currently living in Shanghai. Recently solo exhibitions including: ShanghART Gallery Main & H-Space, Shanghai; Art Basel Unlimited, Basel, Switzerland; Shanghai; Hauser & Wirth Somerset U.K.(2015); K11 Art Foundation, HK (2014); Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genova, Italy; ICA, London, England (2013) Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai(2011); Hauser & Wirth, New York, U.S.A.(2011); Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai(2010); HAUSER & WIRTH, London, U.K.(2010); Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland(2009); Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, U.K.(2009); ShanghART H-Space(2008) etc.
And recently group exhibitions including: Kochi-Muziris Biennale (India), India(2012); The 6th Curitiba Biennial, Brazil (2011); Gwangju Biennale, Korea(2010); The 7th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai(2008); Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, U.K.(2007); Infinite Painting, Contemporary Painting and Global Realism, Villa Manin- Centre for Contemporary Art Passariano, Italy(2006) etc.


Venue: Qiao Space, Shanghai (2016)

Artist Statement: My "Space Painting" series are all painted directly onto the walls. I began the series in 2007, and I think this work is very representative of my sentiments towards the studio. In actual fact, when artists are in the studio, most of their time is spent aimlessly sketching or smearing paint - it is a process, and also a kind of technique. Many of these works will even become sellable. They portray the fact the majority of an artist's life and spirit is spent in the studio in concert with themselves.

This artwork itself is very important to me. Once it leaves the canvas, the space itself also becomes incredibly important. "Painting" doesn't change it into a framed artwork in the traditional sense of the word, but rather gives it an intimate relationship with the artist's space and the viewers' area. This kind of thing is also very open; it is not limited to the confines of a painting, but instead reflects the very essence of "painting". This essence is both primitive and simple, and is also a way in which we might first come to understand the idea of "painting" itself.

About Zhang Enli 张恩利