Born in 1983 in Zhoushan,China
Graduated from Sculpture Department, Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai Normal University
Currently lives and works in Shanghai
Zheng Huan’s Project: Intimately Moulding You.
“Industrial Revolution” (2014), this piece is a perfect plaster sculpture of an ankle, the position of this ankle is on the top of a light bulb and it looks like it’s going down the stairs. The second industrial revolution was caused by the invention of electricity. This work is a metaphor of the decline of human civilization in a way. Zheng Huan often uses objects seen as key objects in a period of time, or the turning point of an era.
Omission of function
That is the reason why Zheng Huan’s work seems so ready-made, but not entirely a ready-made piece, they are metaphor for each event. The object loses its original function, and converts into both decorative and metaphorical function. The above-mentioned “industrial revolution” piece is a good example. The most striking work in this exhibition is “The Corporal Need Inspired Anatomy”, consisted of two billiard tables, the removal of their function is obvious, the billiard tables are treated as painting which are hung on the wall, the pool cues, which have been carefully cut into the shape of the landscape, cling onto the table. If you see it from a distance, it becomes Joy Division’s album cover. Zheng Huan deprived the billiard tables’ purpose, making it subservient to the arts, becoming the medium of art, which lost the original function.
Zheng Huan’s work “Rainbow” (2014), used neon lights to simulate the Chinese landscape painting, but also to create the rate of an ECG . If the Shan Shui (山水, landscape painting) in Chinese paining is expressed by the state of mind, then we could say this Shan Shui does not express reality but the abstraction of mind. Therefore the Shan Shui of this Grand world is also the inherent mind of the artist (the pulsing of an ECG).
(Photo credit, all right reserved, courtesy of the Artist and Antenna Space)