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Zhang Hui, Overgrown (Happy New Year), 2016, oil on canvas, 6' 6" × 13'.

Zhang Hui

Long March Space 长征空间

Zhang Hui, Overgrown (Happy New Year), 2016, oil on canvas, 6' 6" × 13'.

It seemed surprisingly pertinent to think of Pokémon Go, the popular mobile game app, when standing in front of Zhang Hui’s large new painting Overgrown (Happy New Year), 2016, which looks like a postcard landscape with a handwritten New Year’s greeting on the upper left—an impression the artist undermines by adding a floating yet very tangible blue line at the top, casting a shadow that clearly indicates a three-dimensional space. One branch that sticks out from the greenish background scenery is painted dark green, while two other similarly shaped green forms are imposed across the canvas where they don’t seem to belong, serving to remind the viewer that this is still a painterly surface. In front of such a work, one’s eyes and mind shuttle back and forth between the intertwined layers, trying to figure out where the world in this image begins and ends, which layer is

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