Zheng Lu’s, (based in Beijing) Water in Dripping series explores the Zen Buddhist concept of the “ripple effect”, which refers to the recognition of the self and the fact that a single drop in still water can cause an unstoppable, cascading effect. While viewing the spiral traces of stainless steel, one is met with juxtaposed impressions: Nature is in flux, yet also standing still; heavy, cold metal appears light and airy.
You Jin, (based in Beijing). The Buddhist perspective on time and space is that if we can penetrate to the ultimate truths, we will find that space and time are boundless. We are liberated from space as defined by the four directions of north, east, south, and west, and from time as defined by days, months, and years.
Gao Weigang (based in Beijing). Like Zheng Lu, Gao Weigang challenges the audience’s conventional perceptions of the world in his two paintings. They appear to be realistic images of Nature, but the artist has used a floating stone and a straight line of steel to divide the space.
Yang Yongliang, (based in Shanghai and New York). From afar, his landscapes appear to be traditional 山水, but on closer inspection, the mountains are revealed to be made from collaged photographs of high rises, apartment buildings, and factories from cities he has visited all over Asia.
Mountains and Streams will be the fifth exhibition at CFHILL in recent times to highlight one of the current hot spots of the art world. Previous zeitgeist-inspired exhibitions visited New York, Tel Aviv, and London, and this spring, we showed LA Dreams, which, like Mountains and Streams, was curated by the American-Chinese art scholar Melanie Lum. Apart from keeping track of recent developments in these regions, she has been involved in spreading knowledge and educating a new generation of enthusiastic collectors.