NEW YORK.- The Tilton Gallery will be exhibiting a solo show by Zhang Peili, January 11 February 16, 2008. Zhang, described by The New York Times as an influential figure in contemporary Chinese art and part of its growing international profile, will be showing a series of photographs as well as a number of video installations. A reception will be held January 11, 2008 from 6 PM to 8 PM.
Known for his clean, incisive style, Zhang uses photography and video to challenge contemporary Chinese social constraints while playfully targeting traditional authoritative roles. His work also plays on more universal themes of progress and time, and the human perception of both. Zhang primarily works in video, a medium he deftly uses to bridge the mental and physical, while subtly addressing the viewer.
The show will include Venice as series of black and white architectural photographs taken in China, focusing on a fictitious, theme park-like interpretation of the city. Zhang will also present a video installation entitled Sex Education, an interactive video work in which he muses on the instinctual intrigue in the subject in an entirely PG fashion. Happiness another video installation, will be included as well, and uses a two channel video to explore heroic images of happiness taken from films. Lastly, Zhang will be showing a brand new work, in which an object, both live and on video, will perform its decay.
Zhang Peili (b. 1957, China) lives and works in Hangzhou. In 1984 he obtained his BA in oil painting from the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. Today he remains one of Chinas foremost video artist and his been shown in galleries throughout the world. He has shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Venice Biennale, and this is his second solo show at the Tilton Gallery.
The Tilton Gallery is located at 8 East 76th Street, between Madison and Fifth Avenues. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 6 and Monday by appointment. For more information, please visit our website at www.jacktiltongallery.com, or call 212-737-2221. Take the 6 Train to 77th Street. Admission is free.