Pearl Lam Galleries is pleased to present Noises in Silence, the first Shanghai solo exhibition of works by Chinese artist Zhu Xiaohe (b. 1956). The exhibition features 13 of the artist’s abstract paintings created from 1999 to the present as well as two of his drawing series.
Zhu participated in the 1989 China/Avant-Garde Exhibition at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing. In the mid-1990s, he began to retreat from the mainstream and started to use short lines as the basic element in his works. Zhu’s paintings are characterized by an endless and irregular repetition of lines as well as the accumulation of unidentifiable symbols built up through the deconstruction of daily imagery. The artist views his process-based painting practice as “complex and interpretive writing”, while the art critic Gao Minglu classifies Zhu’s work as Maximalist. Zhu Xiaohe approaches abstraction through a metaphysical approach.
The exhibition title Noises in Silence describes Zhu’s obscure painting surface as a field of muted silence, a place where common sense and habitual consciousness have no place and conceptual generalization would be insufficient to define it. The title also refers to how Zhu’s paintings resemble a construction site filled with nameless remnants produced through the disassembly of his visual resources, most of which the artist has intentionally limited to comic books. Zhu sees the process of setting up this image archive as one that involves interaction with the real world, a modified approach to pure abstraction, which in the end prompts a completely different way of seeing.