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Tuesday, 20 November 2012–Saturday, 19 January 2013
There is a really exciting exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery in London, with a number of paintings on display by the artist Zeng Fanzhi. The paintings surprised me, as they seemed to be composed of multiple lines of woven paint, sometimes thick and carved into with fresh colour, splashed over or deeply layered on top of the large canvas’. I first saw a flyer depicting an Albrecht Dürer rabbit, advertising Fanzhi’s upcoming show and was interested by his approach to this iconic image.
My favourite artworks were the landscapes that looked like fire and brambles. They convinced me as representational and believable spaces, which quite readily disintegrated as I approached, into abstract marks and gestures. Leaves were created with vibrant splashes of vivid green paint and highlights around branches were created by running black paint through yellow, whilst seemingly still wet. There was a speed and looseness to the paintings, with chaotic layers and lurid flashes of colours, all meshed in behind the black Pollock-esque scrub.