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Zhang Dali – Solo Exhibition: Monumental Nature

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Date(s) - 10/03/2018 - 20/05/2018
All Day

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Pékin Fine Arts (Beijing)

Location Address No. 241 Cao Chang Di Village Cui Ge Zhuang, Chao Yang District

City Beijing

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Pékin Fine Arts presents Zhang Dali’s latest cyanotypes and figurative marble sculpture in his 3rd solo exhibition with the gallery.

Zhang Dali, China’s most well-known graffiti artist, stopped tagging buildings marked for demolition and construction in 2006. However, his deep-rooted connection to urban street life remains very much at the core of his practice.

Economic reality and government policy work together to push city dwellers away from traditional homes at street level into high – rise concrete apartment blocks. Artists including Beijing-based Zhang Dali witness and record this remarkable transformation, with outrage, concern, helplessness, and finally, wry resignation. Zhang Dali’s practice is research-based, recording daily encounters with the urban space of his living and working neighborhoods on the outskirts of Beijing, surrounded by vacant lots slated for redevelopment. His aim – whether graffiti or cyanotype or marble statuary – is steadily consistent: Immediate contact, unalterable direct impressions of everyday life at street level. Using the shadow-subjects of cyanotypes and the full body casts of sculpture-figures, the artist records a rapidly disappearing street life: Depicting the hyper – realist, monumental nature, of urban “survivors” – both human and vegetative – he steadfastly chronicles big city change and traces what remains.

– Beijing, March 2018

Zhang-Dali---Bamboo-Series-No10
Zhang-Dali—Bamboo-Series-No10

Artist: Zhang Dali 张大力 (b. 1963, Harbin, China)
Title: Bamboo Series No.10
Medium: Cyanotype on Canvas
Dimension: 242 x 512 cm
Date: 2016

Zhang-Dali---Bamboo-no-3
Zhang-Dali—Bamboo-no-3

Artist: Zhang Dali 张大力 (b. 1963, Harbin, China)
Title: Bamboo No. 3
Medium: Cyanotype on Canvas
Dimension: 330 x 200 cm
Date: 2015

Zhang-Dali---Bamboo-Series-No12
Zhang-Dali—Bamboo-Series-No12

Artist: Zhang Dali 张大力 (b. 1963, Harbin, China)
Title: Bamboo Series No.12
Medium: Cyanotype on Canvas
Dimension: 108 x 86 cm
Date: 2016

Zhang-Dali---Blue-Blue-Sky

Artist: Zhang Dali 张大力 (b. 1963, Harbin, China)
Title: Blue Blue Sky
Medium: Cyanotype and Oil on Canvas
Dimension: 220 x 410 cm
Date: 2016

Zhang-Dali---Pine-28

Artist: Zhang Dali 张大力 (b. 1963, Harbin, China)
Title: Pine (28)
Medium: Cyanotype on Canvas
Dimension: 150 X 120 cm
Date: 2016

Zhang-Dali---sculpture
Zhang-Dali—sculpture

Artist: Zhang Dali 张大力 (b. 1963, Harbin, China)
Title: Sculpture
Medium: White Marble
Dimension: 146 X 40 x 46 cm
Date: 2016

Zhang-Dali---sculpture
Zhang-Dali—sculpture

Artist: Zhang Dali 张大力 (b. 1963, Harbin, China)
Title: Sculpture
Medium: White Marble
Dimension: 168 X 45 X 35 cm
Date: 2015

 


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