Qi Mu Space presents "How and Why: Zheng Lu Solo Exhibition" in Beijing

TEXT:Sue Wang    DATE: 2019.7.29

Qi Mu Space presents Zheng Lu’s solo show entitled “How and Why” in Beijing. At the exhibition there is a large-size two-hour installation based on two of the events the artist experienced in 2017 and 2019.

In this exhibition Zheng Lu continues to explore “root metaphor” (his exhibition“Root Metaphor”is now on show at Sundarm Tagore Gallery in New York). As a concept, “root metaphor”, inherent in the conceptualization of abstract ideas, has nothing to do with the everyday, identifiable phenomenal world: it is a hidden, invisible kingdom that prioritizes reflection about the essence of life.

According to the American sinologist Sarah Allan, “root metaphor” is not a literary device but a concrete model that derives from a metaphorical structure whose connection involves a hidden law and order. The two seemingly unrelated occurrences run across at the miraculous moment, but it seems more like an appointment. It is interaction that inspired “How and Why”. When a brook runs into a stone or milk into coffee, the world of regularity gives to confusion. The artist produces a two-hour torrent in this light. Due to the limitation of the material used for the exhibition, a demonstrative performance is available only on the opening day.

The exhibition will remain on view till November 4th, 2019.

About the artist

Zheng Lu, born in Inner Mongolia in 1978, holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Department of Sculpture of Luxun Academy of Fine Arts and a Mater of Arts from the Department of Sculpture of Central Academy of Fine Arts. In 2005 he won a LVMH Prize and got three months’ training at The École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts, ENSBA, Paris. His exhibitions include “Root Metaphor” (Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York), “Partial Phenomena” (Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai), “Re-sist-ance” (Long Museum, Shanghai), “Reflection on Still Water” (Parkview Green, Beijing), “Shiaosai” (Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei), etc.

About the exhibition

Dates: Jul 27, 2019 - Nov 4, 2019

Venue: Qi Mu Space

Courtesyof the artist and Qi Mu Space.