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Zandvliet, Robert
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1970 in the Netherlands. Lives and works in Rotterdam.

“I’m interested in the figurative as well as the abstract, but the turning point between both is what interests me most. That’s what I keep going back to.” This statement summarizes Robert Zandvliet’s artistic practice. In his paintings, he does not refer to the landscape but rather devotes to the concept of the landscape in painting: his representations dissolve into a nearly abstract play of lines, colors, and surfaces in which the brushstrokes and the painterly gestures are accentuated. He has chosen to work with landscape imagery in part because it allows him to use looser, varied forms and to reinvent a subject that has a long tradition, especially in Zandvliet’s native country, the Netherlands.


Zhang Haiying
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013

Born in 1972 in China. Lives and works in Songzhuang.

Socio-political themes such as power, depression, vulnerability, and prostitution are a constant in the work of painter Zhang Haiying. Executed in monumental scale and in colored tones or grey nuances, his paintings are masterly executed in a style that alludes to political propaganda iconography. The artist uses the Internet as source of images that he manipulates and translates to the canvas, addressing issues concerning mass media aesthetics and its conflicting message.


Zhang Huan
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013

Born in 1965 in China. Lives and works in Shanghai and New York.

Zhang Huan is primarily a performance artist, but he also makes photographs and sculptures. Buddhism, with its temple music, sculptures and philosophy is a prevalent theme in his work. His performances always implicate the body, in one way or the other, usually naked, occasionally involving masochistic actions. By exploring at the same time the body and religious elements through simple repetitive gestures, Zhang seeks to discover at what point the spiritual manifests itself via the corporeal. His works are both highly personal and politicized, dealing with complex issues of identity, spiritualism, vulnerability, and transgression.


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Zonder, Jérôme
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1974 in France. Lives and works in Paris.

Jérôme Zonder is inspired by the style of black and white comics. That is why he only uses graphite, charcoal and Indian ink in his creations. One of his main interests lies in the aesthetics of materials such as skins, woods, fabrics and patterns. An intricate plastic language characterizes his work: many disparate styles coexist in his drawings. Zonder uses this graphic dissonance to create a ‘polygraphic system’ that matches his perception of the world. One of his favorite subject matters is childhood, which he explores in an unconventional way. Instead of associating it with innocence, he rather uses infancy to evoke the cruelty and violence of the world.