Zhang Enli Solo Exhibition is staged in Shanghai Art Museum from December 9th through to 22nd in 2011. And it is another crucial museum exhibition ever after the one in Minsheng Art Museum in the end of 2010. In this exhibition in the winter, important works from newly completed series Still Life and Space will be displayed.
Ordinary or tedious “things”, which are least attractive, the most widely utilized and the most unlikely to be noticed in everyday life, however, become the objects that fascinate the artist these years. They are rendered by his plain and yet accurate brushes to manifest the ultimate realness of life left in them. Moreover, “space” is another theme that captivates the artist’s eyes. From Zhang’s paintings, we often detect his discovery of aroma emitted from the passage and erosion of time under seemingly mundane circumstances. Again and again, he opts for the things that appear far too familiar to us as the themes of his creation and prompts our reconcentration on them.
As commented by Zhang Qing, curator of this exhibition, “In the era which forges globalization at an unprecedented speed, Zhang Enli leaves aside the general social significance and aesthetics and is obsessed with his empty sphere with “gray scale”. He takes a close look at the joint point in its deepest level where social activity and the structure of system meets —— everyday life, and constructs the real scenarios on both spiritual and mental basis.”
Zhang Enli was born in 1965 in Jilin Province. Graduated from Arts & Design Institute of Wuxi Technical University in 1989, the artist is currently working and living in Shanghai. He has displayed his works in Gwangju Biennale 2010 – 10,000 Lives (Gwangju Biennale Hall, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju Folk Museum, Korea), Trans Local Motion – 7th Shanghai Biennale 2008 (Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai) and Circulate, There is Nothing to See, Objectif Exhibitions (Antwerp, Belgium, 2007). The most recent solo exhibitions of the artist include Zhang Enli, Hauser & Wirth, New York, U.S.A. (2011), Zhang Enli, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2010), Zhang Enli, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland (2009) and Zhang Enli, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, U.K. (2009).