ZHANG HUAN: FREE TIGER RETURNS TO MOUNTAINS
Published in conjunction with the exhibition Free Tiger Returns to Mountains 张洹 (May 20, 2010 – Jul 20, 2010) held at Pace Beijing.
From the press release: "Zhang Huan is well-known for his ability to work in multiple mediums. He initially gained fame as a performance artist in the 1990s, but in recent years has returned to painting, sculpture, and large-scale installations. Free Tiger Returns to Mountains will include ash paintings and cowhide sculptures. This new series of ash paintings are different from his previous paintings. Whereas in the past they were based on existing photographs, the new works are imagined wildlife scenes. The brushwork has a more expressionist and looser feel than before. The ash paintings focus on the Chinese tiger. One of the most endangered animals on earth, the Chinese tiger is revered but under extreme threat. The species desperately needs further protection and land to ensure it will survive. China’s rush towards urbanization and economic growth has only furthered the stress on already endangered animals in the country. Finding protected land or private space is increasingly a bigger problem for animals and humans alike. Like the tigers need for more protected land, Zhang Huan believes that humans need to return or refer to nature more frequently. His new series compares people to the tiger; both need their privacy within nature. He sees their relationship to nature as essential to their survival; they are dependent on and inspired by the sanctuary that nature provides."
Paperback; 104 pages
Pace Beijing, 2010