Artist: Zhang Qikai's Self-discription to Work
Source:Artintern Author:Zhang Qikai Date: 2008-01-03 Size:
What I particularly like to do is to identify conflicting aspects in different situations and then bring together contradictory strivings into some form of conjunction of opposites.

 Zhang Qikai's work

Recent modernization of the whole world which has profoundly affected all aspects of our life, from our eating habits to our way of thinking and our attitudes to our traditional values, has prompted me reflect on our living space. I have attempted to understand through visual means the finer details of these significant changes which have affected our traditional society.

What I particularly like to do is to identify conflicting aspects in different situations and then bring together contradictory strivings into some form of conjunction of opposites. Then I like to observe the mysterious process of these contradictory movements, sometimes clashing between themselves, sometimes peacefully coexisting and sometimes even entering a state of perfect harmony. In this complex world, one’s emotions are being constantly affected, albeit to different degrees, by paradoxical perceptions emanating from conflicting situations. How to make sense of these? The interpretation is ambiguous. Do you focus on the figure or you rather focus on the ground in which the figure is situated. When you see a black dot located in a white space, do you perceive it as a black dot surrounded by white space or you see it as a white space ending in a black dot?

In my work, I employ all sorts of materials. I also like to discover the transcendental dimension behind a material and let this dimension generate further dimensions through interaction with other materials and even more dimensions through the viewers perception of these interactions. The success of the whole enterprises hinges on how much the concept one tries to express is conducive/lands to being expressed by visual means. This delicate relationship between the concepts and the means of expression is sometimes more concrete and sometimes less concrete. When people say that they can not understand the contemporary work of art, there are two possible explanations, either the work is meaningless in itself or that the viewer can not connect himself with the message immanent in the work due to the lack of understanding of the means employed to relate the message. What I try to achieve is that my work acts instantly on visual perception on both emotional and cognitive levels, so that my perception of the situation and people involved instantly resonates in the viewer.

[Editor] Zhang Shuo

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