The Images of Six Artists Focusing on Metamorphoses

The Images of Six Artists Focusing on Metamorphoses
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The Pearl Lam Galleries Shanghai presents a collective exhibition which brings together a diverse group of artists whose only link is their interest in materials, their aesthetic and semantic metamorphoses, along with the continual physical and spiritual regeneration of their artistic practice. The exhibition is inspired by the philosophical writings of Nietzsche on the three metamorphoses of the spirit - first into a camel, then into a lion and then into a child. The Chinese translation of the title - Hua - on the other hand, refers to the constant process of change and evolution which is at the centre of Chinese thought. Six Chinese and international artists, Leonardo Drew, Golnaz Fathi, Huang Yuanqing, Pang Tao, Gatot Pujiarto and Zhang Huan, are the stars of the exhibition. The work of Golnaz Fathi (one of only a few women specialised in traditional Persian calligraphy), Huang Yuanqing and Pang Tao focus their attention on the spiritual force that an artist acquires during their work, the evolution of which is the cause and effect of such force and meditative capacity channeled through the creative act. The other three artists on display look at cyclical growth through a more materialistic approach, such as with the sculptures of Leonardo Drew who uses natural materials and recycled pieces gathered out of the urban landscape. The incense paintings of Zhang Huan summon the metaphor of individual desires and collective memory while Gatot Pujiarto presents a work that invites the spectator to lose themselves in a boundless world of order and disorder, reason and impulse.

Manuela Lietti - © 2020 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Shanghai