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October 25, 2021

'Boat' — Zhu Jinshi


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More than 12,000 sheets of delicate Xuan paper form the ruffled exterior of Zhu Jinshi's suspended "Boat" sculpture.

The renowned artist, currently living and working in his hometown of Beijing, is widely regarded for pioneering Chinese abstract art, and this monumental installation from 2015 is a reflection of his conceptual, meditative practice.


18 meters long and seven meters wide, "Boat" is comprised of wrinkled paper layers draped around bamboo frames.

Countless thin cotton threads hold the individual components in place and intersect the curved, tunnel-like form with straight lines that extend vertically to the ceiling.


Bisected with a central space for viewers to pass through, the metaphorical work considers the passage of time and space.


The artist is exhibiting at West Bund Art and Design 2021 in November and is opening a solo show in Shanghai at the end of the year.

Until then, explore an archive of his works at Pearl Lam Galleries and on Artsy.

October 25, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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