March 14, 2017 - Mirrored Gardens - Zheng Guogu: The Winding Path to Trueness
March 14, 2017

Mirrored Gardens

View of Zheng Guogu’s home environment, where he transformed his living space into a spatial project Seven Condos (2001–2005), 2017. Photo: Vitamin Archive. 

Zheng Guogu
The Winding Path to Trueness
March 19–June 3, 2017

Opening: March 19, 2–6pm

Mirrored Gardens
Hualong Agriculture Grand View Garden
Panyu District
Guangzhou
China
Hours: Wednesday–Sunday 11am–5pm

mirroredgardens@vitamincreativespace.com

www.vitamincreativespace.com/en/mirrored-gardens
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Zheng Guogu
The Winding Path to Trueness
March 19–June 3, 2017

Opening: March 19, 2–6pm

Mirrored Gardens
Hualong Agriculture Grand View Garden
Panyu District
Guangzhou
China
Hours: Wednesday–Sunday 11am–5pm

mirroredgardens@vitamincreativespace.com

www.vitamincreativespace.com/en/mirrored-gardens
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In the environment of Zheng Guogu’s Liao Garden (an ongoing garden/land project initiated in 2005), there is the circling of the koi, and there is the intricately layered aquatic system; there is the house made of reinforced concrete, and there is the overgrown plant life; there are the tea leaves that are the compressed distillation of vegetal essences, and there is the “symbol-less” “world of pure energy” to which Zheng Guogu aspires. As though in response to this carefully constructed environment, Zheng Guogu’s paintings are dedicated to the transmission of visions of sensory energy—visions that develop according to diverse trajectories across different temporal processes until they turn into colors and images.

The research into energetics that emerged from Liao Garden may seem to be a radical departure from the transformations of consumer culture that Zheng Guogu has pursued since the 1990s, but in fact he has always had an intense interest in the relations between self-conception and the image mechanisms that influence individual perception in the contemporary world—systems of consumption and systems of belief both rely on images, text (and the sounds associated with it) and color to guide people to their life’s desires and dreams.

It is precisely through the aid of digital image reconstruction that Zheng Guogu’s "Great Visionary Transformation" series extracts traditional thangka paintings from the center of “classical multimedia power,” and “transforms” the projection of people’s visions into a vague semblance. Given the current disintegration of the “human figure,” is it possible to use the existential properties of this “transformation” itself as a support for those forms that are constantly changing and disappearing due to their own self-identification?     

In contrast, the "Aesthetic Resonance of Chakra" series is more like a manifesto on the aesthetics of energy: the painting becomes an image not through a process of producing information/signs, but as a practice that can capture invisible bodily energies and detect different sensory dimensions; and all of this can be linked to the investigation of dark mental space in the "Brain Nerves" series. Such investigations necessarily require the self as the medium for sensing indescribable flows of energy, and although it may seem to have the inevitable randomness of personal methods, as a shareable space for investigating energy the painting ultimately also welcomes the corroboration of other individuals.

Even though the “human figure” dissolves into the trembling of the light waves, when we enter the exhibition space of Zheng Guogu's The Winding Path to Trueness we can still faintly discern the state of these energy convergences: those with extreme ups and downs, and great sorrows and happiness; the rational person, the recluse, the one who makes something out of nothing; the individualist, the objectivist, the projector; the wealthy, the creator, the adventurer; the cosmist, the mystic, the deformed; people who are calm and at peace, or people who are weak and indecisive; the featureless, the featured, and the unfathomable. And these energies we each carry with us—could we turn them into an encounter with art that leads us to transcend our own aspects?     

Documentation reference
Zheng Guogu: Liao Garden



About Mirrored Gardens
Inspired by the natural and traditional characteristics of the surrounding villages, the project space of Mirrored Gardens seeks to merge with its environment to construct a “nature,” where contemporary art practices, daily life and farming-oriented life practices can be nurtured and cultivated in tandem. The architecture of Mirrored Gardens is designed by Sou Fujimoto Architects.

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