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Zhan Rui pays more attention to rationality and controllability in his creations. He prefers to analyse and judge towards specific issues instead of relying on perception and contingency. From the visual level, Zhan Rui’s works could be regarded as the abstract, due to the appearance of his works with the layer of abstraction skin or shell. But he neither pays attention to the pure beauty of the abstract,nor the metaphysical assumption of the traditional abstraction. He is in fact interested only in the mechanism of production.

 

Time has always been an important element in the construction of Zhan Rui’s works. He almost works in an "inefficient" way to produce. The result of this new series of work is expected to be a combination of metallic flat smooth and rough dryness on the linen canvas. Each of the basic shape (180 radial bars shape) will be accomplished by a very cool and repetitive process of brushing or painting. Over time, one “thing” will be transformed into another, and the linen finally will became something he calls "the metal plate".

 

The abstract shell of Zhan Rui’s works conveys data and information from the real world. The information is actually a kind of "appearance" outside the image in our daily life. It is one of the ready-made products produced and concerned by all walks of life in the society. In “The Metal Plate” series, the rise or fall of the share trading of the eight listed companies in 180 days determine the visual form of the image. The silky metallic texture corresponds to the rise of stock. The rough, dry metallic texture corresponds to a stock drop. The values of gold, silver, copper and stainless steel correspond to the market values of the companies each painting represents. Capital determines the rise and fall of a stock. The ups and downs of the stock determines the form, color and light of the paintings.

 

The materiality of the work comes not only from time but also from the paint itself. The numbering of the colors in the title suggests the importance of colors themselves. In the process of making, Zhan Rui’s control of the humidity of the pigment is very strict. The control of the picture is extremely specific and detailed. The luster of metallic colors themselves, the irregular alternation of smooth silky texture with rough dry surface, the fine patchwork of paint between strips, will eventually generate the most intriguing details and light on the surface of the linen in the light.

 

Zhan Rui was born in China in 1980. He graduated from Hubei Academy of Fine Arts with a B.A. in painting in 2004. He received a M.A. from the Fine Arts Dept., University of the Arts in London in 2006. Currently, he lives and works in Wuhan, China.