As early as the summer of 2016, when the Art For All Society moved to the Macau Art Garden, the first exhibition was that of Zhang Ke. At that time, Zhang Ke established a form of artistic expression that looked like the inner pages of ancient Western religious handmade books. Over time, In Zhang Ke’s works, the skills of hand-painted pen drawings become more and more sophisticated; the collage images are slowly receding.
The exquisite hand-painted decorative side is gone, replaced by a straight line that mimics the frame. The frame with rich specifications and symmetrical and orderly arrangement is transformed from the original pages of ancient religious handmade books into solemn altarpieces. This change also allowed Zhang Ke to determine the form of the current exhibition. Altarpieces are usually displayed in front of a Christian church, painted with the story of the Virgin Mary or Jesus, for the worship of the believers.
In this exhibition, a total of three works were drawn in the form of an altarpiece. This form itself has a sense of sacredness. The expectations of oneself are also drawn on the altar, and the artist borrows this form to gain strength. At the same time it is a statement of the eagerness to be understood. On a deeper level, it doesn’t matter whom you might choose to confide, these works are just saying and reaffirming the choices she has made for her life—live as an artist and be understood.
When: July 8–August 2, 2019
Where: Macau Art Garden, 265 Avenida do Dr. Rodrigo Rodrigues, Macau
How much: Free admission
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