Artist creates unique 'dust' artworks

By Zhang Rui
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An artist has created a series of dust-themed artworks which will be shown in Beijing from April 8 to May 30.

Pieces are displayed at Zhang Zhenyu's solo exhibition, "Dust," which will be held in Beijing from April 8 to May 30, 2015. []

Presented by Pin Art, Zhang Zhenyu's solo exhibition, "Dust," opened on April 8. A range of artworks Zhang created using dust will be showcased, including paintings, sculptures, videos and a series of artworks based on online interactions.

"Dust" is a milestone for the artist, who has been working on the Dust Series since 2011. The show is also the fourth exhibition of N.B. PROJECTS, presented by Pin Art, curated by Wang Che with academic support provided by Liao Wen.

Zhang began creating artworks using dust as a major material in 2011. The artist collected dust from different places in China and then polished them again and again to create mirror-like paintings. As an ordinary substance in people's daily lives, dust is usually ignored and overlooked. However, the artist said, it is kind of meta-form and every day it is produced in the same way in life.

"People are not able to control it or change its form," the artist said, explaining that he adopted dust as a medium to transform his viewpoints into simplified and abstracted features in a kind of abstract art style.

Since dust plays a major role in the development of smog and lung cancer, which are currently hot topics in environmental protection, the artist also tends to build up his own discourse about these topics and express his personality and conscience through his works. In addition to paintings, Zhang also created dust-inspired sculptures and videos as well as artworks made through Dust Plan, a project launched in 2014.

After his graduation from the oil painting department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1997, Zhang has lived and worked in Beijing as a professional artist. His exhibitions have included "Attitude about Abstract ART," "Chaos: A Fragmental Eram" and "Collaborative Event with the 55th International Art Exhibition La Biennal di Venezia: Voice of the Unseen."

"Dust" will be held at Pin Art, No. 328-C, Cao Chang Di Village, Chaoyang District in Beijing from April 8 to May 30, with opening hours running from 10:00 a.m. to 18:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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