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Artist Feature: Ren Zi

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Artist Feature: Ren Zi

Ren Zi focuses on the role memory plays in our sense of identity & the world. This comes from having majored in psychology & the sense of loss growing up in a country whose past has all but been erased. Far from nostalgic, his works seem more like open-ended stories. They juxtapose scenes & figures from personal memory, history & mythology as invitation to weave your own connections/conclusions. His "7 elements" series, presented in his first solo show early 2013, draws upon the metaphorical elements that make up his personal cosmology to depict the transformational nature of memories.Returning to art after having spent his working life in the business of words, Ren Zi channels the mutative influences of popular culture, science & the multi-cultural strains that sift through the consciousness of his country.

See a selection of new works from the artist below: 

"Codices Form the Future: slipstreamslide" (2015)
UV-resistant ink on clear acrylic & dichroic film
"Codices Form the Future: allunion1" (2015)
UV-resistant ink on clear acrylic & dichroic film
"Days of Our Burning: Hour of the Wolf" (2015)
UV-resistant ink on clear acrylic & archival photopaper
"Days of Our Burning: Introducing the Night" (2015)
UV-resistant ink on clear acrylic & archival photopaper
"Elsewhere, A Negative Mirror" (2015)
UV-resistant ink on clear acrylic, opaque acrylic & moire optical film
"Mnemosyne #4" (2015)
Installation with glass curtain, ikea furniture, CDs, books, vintage ibook, projection, digital print on clear & adhesive acetate
(Image Credit: Lin Sheng)
Detail view of "Mnemosyne #4"
(Image Credit: Lin Sheng)
Installation view from "Naming the Bright & Dark Stars" exhibition

 

Information on Ren Zi's Upcoming Exhibition:

∍∆∅∫⊥∞ : Invisible Frequencies

26 October - 13 November 2015

OCBC Art Space, 65 Chulia St

About the exhibition:

Eschewing logic as the dominant means of understanding our world & ourselves, Yen Phang & Ren Zi have sought to apprehend our experiences through other ways of perceiving & processing information.

In many ways, their practices could be seen as chiral images of each other. Both deal with the phenomenological, yet adopt diametrically opposite foci (somatic vs psychological) & strategies (the language of science vs mythic archetypes).

∍∆∅∫⊥∞ : Invisible Frequencies seeks to capture a segment of their ongoing conversation, which follows a tradition of artistic correspondences, through conventional means & creative output. Also included among the works on show are selected email exchanges that serve as signposts to the spirit underlying their practice. 

 

More works from Ren Zi:

"Lightning #1by Ren Zi
Archival U.V ink on bamboo paper / 2013 / 80cm x 80cm / 31.5″ x 31.5″ / Edition of 6 / USD $1,515
"Fire #1by Ren Zi
Archival U.V ink on bamboo paper / 2013 / 80cm x 80cm / 31.5″ x 31.5″ / Edition of 6 / USD $1,515
"Portalby Ren Zi
Archival U.V ink on bamboo paper / 2013 / 80.0cm x 80.0cm / 31.5″ x 31.5″ / Edition of 6 / USD $1,515

Find out more about Ren Zi here.


 

Images courtesy of the artist

Any views or opinions in the interview are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors.


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