New works by Zhang Huan, on view at Pace Wildenstein‘s 22nd Street space, is a dramatic departure from his iconic work.
Still heavily referencing his Chinese culture but moving away from the self reflective performative work we are so used to expecting from Huan.
Rulai is a massive 5.5meter tall sculpture created with ash steel and wood. Skulls, bones, and unidentified remnants build up the layers of this pensive Buddah.
Encircling Rulai are 3.5meter tall ink drawings made on handmade paper, featuring fleeing animals in dark dramatic pursuit. Huan’s use of feathers gives an lightness to the solemn imagery.