Join us on Tuesday 15 October from 6pm until 9pm for the opening of Zhang Enli: Space Painting. This unique project with Shanghai-based artist Zhang Enli transforms the ICA Theatre with a painting encompassing the floor and walls.
Enli’s previous paintings featured seemingly mundane urban objects such as tangled wires, empty cabinets, cargo netting and stacked cardboard boxes. As with the objects he paints, the spaces are empty rooms that show signs of decay and come complete with dirt marks. Semi-transparent layers of paint and the traces of brush strokes draw the viewer’s focus to the materiality of the painting, and in turn the newly created spacial environment.
Enli always paints with artificial light in a studio located in Moganshan Road art district, an industrial compound filled with galleries and artist studios in Shanghai. Looking at the tones and colours that permeate his work this lack of natural light is evident and enhances the presence of an artificial atmosphere. Enli’s work embodies a very personal relationship with his surroundings and for the ICA he aims to stretch colours across the space ‘like human skin’ with thin washes of pigment creating a ‘space painting’.
We hope to see you there.