2008-11 by ZHENG De Long | Somo
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2008.11 depicts an overlapping pair of spectral skulls. It is part of larger series based inspired by the Zheng’s reflections on death. The skulls are shown in profile with their deep, disproportionately large eye sockets facing the to the left. Zheng’s undulating brushwork creates a powerful impression of energy and and motion, complicating subjects’ usual association with mortality. The painting’s monochrome green palette blurs the distinction between the skulls and the background – it is not clear if we are looking at the skulls themselves, or only the ripples in the electrified atmosphere as they fly past us. While their facial outlines are nearly identical, their states of existence appear quite different. In the background, the larger cranium appears static and dark, possibly fading with the passage of time. In contrast, the skull in the foreground is luminous and dynamic; apparently leaving a wake of sparkling, swirling green energy. Is this a portrait of companionship, a progression from past to present, or a contrast of physical and spiritual? The effect is similar to a doubly exposed negative; the two images intimate a photographic progression. This suspension in space and time has made an object of movement itself, leaving its viewers to contemplate the relationship between permanence and transience.

A word from The Artist

My works do not reference to anything reality-based values, they refer only themselves. I use flowing lines and deliberate, controlled strokes to construct a world of the id. Living is a form of euphoria; the moments consciousness and unconsciousness stir up a wave of forms, billowing with all of life’s power and intoxication.

2008-11

 

By ZHENG De Long 由郑德龙创作
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Each print comes with a certificate of authenticity numbered and signed by the artist.

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