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Zhang Enli, Watercolour on the Wall, 2019, watercolor. Installation view.

Zhang Enli, Watercolour on the Wall, 2019, watercolor. Installation view.

Zhang Enli

Galerie Xavier Hufkens | 107 rue St-Georges

Zhang Enli’s most recent wall painting deserved to be seen, rather than described, but it existed only for the duration of the exhibition at Galerie Xavier Hufkens, so it makes sense to tentatively capture it here. Zhang’s swirling tangles of green watercolor were applied so thinly against the white wall that the hues appeared luminous. The sweeping gestures recalled action painting, and the overall effect was optical, unashamedly pleasing to the eye. The mural shared this quality with the other highly accomplished abstract paintings in the solo show. Each tone felt like an expression of a life-form, or a fringe of space, rather than a record of an eye’s experience. Abstraction here did not make itself felt as an ideology or as a mode of representation, but as a kind of emptiness, a withdrawal of presence, the concluding chapter in the history of the diminution of a strong emotion.

It has

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