The Invisible Forms of Zhang Wei

The Invisible Forms of Zhang Wei
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Born in 1984, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, he has participated in numerous group shows in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo, international art fairs and won various prestigious awards, as well as having his work placed in the collection of the White Rabbit Gallery Museum in Sydney. Zhang Wei is a young artist whose work has already received praise from critics and collectors alike and, now, the Art+ Shanghai Gallery has dedicated a personal exhibition to him. The artist uses mineral-based paint on canvas, which gives his work intense depth, subtlety and softness. His geometric compositions are based around the ideas of folding, superimposing, layering and accumulating; a gathering of materials that lies between the plane and the space, creating a sense of “dimensionality.” Its execution is soft, light; there is always a tension originated by the rigorous placement of the paint and the casually generated texture over the surface of his works. It isn’t quite right to define the art of Zhang Wei as abstract - the artist prefers to invoke the ideas of “sensation” and “sentiment” in defining the form of his works. Yet, his works stray from concrete form and pure representation. The artist invites us to explore our more familiar visual experience, that of the figurative, and accompanies us, step by step, in looking for the “potential” and “the invisible” that are behind his canvases.

Chiara Vedovetto - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Shanghai