Past Exhibition

Ineffable Garden — Zhang Jian-Jun and Barbara Edelstein

16 Mar - 06 Jun  |  2020
Zhang Jian-JunEdelstein Barbara
Participating in Art Gallery Day organized by Hong Kong Art Gallery Association
Date: Friday, 24 April 2020
Time: 2-8pm

An e-catalogue is published in conjunction with the exhibition

Alisan Fine Arts is proud to present our first joint exhibition for the Chinese ink painter Zhang Jian-Jun and multi-media American artist Barbara Edelstein. Traditionally Chinese artists have focused on the subject of gardens and nature to communicate the artist’s personal relationship with the world and landscape. For this exhibition we have selected to showcase Zhang's "Rubbing Rain", "Flowing Water" and "First Drop" paintings that draw upon his fascination with water. Placed in poetic dialogue alongside Edelstein's photographs and sculptures exploring the structure and forms of leaves, the gallery environment morphs into an "Ineffable Garden" of contemplative curiosity.

Zhang Jianjun is an abstract artist preoccupied by the themes of existence, time, space, and transformation, and their effects on individuals and culture. His interest in the natural world and his fascination with water have inspired his creation of series paintings such as "First Drop of Water" series, “Rubbing Rain” series and also his "Flowing Water" series, which represent an extension of his philosophical exploration of water and the vehement visual force of ink. Further with his "Ink Rock" series with the investigation in scholars' rocks, Zhang takes his search deeper into time as a medium in depiction the integration of nature and culture.

The interface of nature and life serves as the foundation for Barbara Edelstein's artworks. Her internalised interpretations of leaves, with their intricate forms, membranes and patterns, are poetically interpreted in both two and three-dimensional artworks, including photography, ink painting and sculpture. Edelstein often employs industrial materials like silicone and current technology in combination with traditional techniques such as Chinese ink on paper. Her fascination with the structural forms of leaves has led to her series of leaf sculptures, photographs and drawings, through which the artist conveys a message of universal oneness.