Journey, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 97 x 13 cm.
Fragmented, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 280 x 200 cm.
Blank Pages, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 280 x 200 cm.
Home Is Where… , 2011, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 280 cm.
Times To Come, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 75 x 55 cm.
Leisure, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 150 cm.
Humid Season, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 97 x 130 cm.
First exhibited at Frey Norris in 2003, Zhong Biao has developed into an iconic Chinese artist, his imagery reproduced around the world in publications like the Economist and in conjunction with events like the recent World Cup in South Africa. His massive installation, Mirage, including a 13 x 60 foot painting, wall of mirrors, video and sound projection for the Denver Art Museum’s Embrace exhibition (2009), responded thoughtfully to Daniel Liebeskind’s design of the galleries, spatially resembling shards of quartz crystal. Other recent exhibitions have included Zhong Biao’s art throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Reflected on Air is Biao’s first solo show with Frey Norris since his American debut in 2007. Seven paintings reflect a sensibility tied to new ideas around time. Biao’s vision embraces a simultaneity of time, past, present and future, and the imagery projects something of both the transcience of chronological time and its transcendence, all at a frenetic and celebratory pace. Depicted children, young and old travelers spin and float in bewildering spaces that bring the materiality of paint on canvas to the forefront through abstract and explosive constellations of vividly colored brushwork over areas of raw canvas.