Zhipeng Tan’s Environmental and Figurative Contemporary Art

I Lobo You has been seeing Zhipeng Tan‘s work all over Gallery All‘s art exhibitions and we were completely mesmerized by these contemporary art pieces, so this time we decided to explore further this modern artist‘s skills.

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Zhipeng Tan’s practice, since graduating from the China Academy of Art, has been focused on the ancient technique of lost-wax casting. This ancient foundry process has created an intersection between Tan’s interest in heritage casting techniques and organic forms, all shown through his contemporary art.

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The modern art forms designed by Tan vary from being environmental (water drops, tree roots) to being figurative art (spinal cords, pelvic structures). The Lily collection brings together the botanical and human motifs most explicitly. In Tan’s contemporary art, the tension between the two references causes the works to become abstracted and take on a slightly surreal quality, whilst maintaining functionality in his furniture design.

The 33 Step chair is the most visceral work to come of out Tan’s studio. There are 33 vertebrae in a human spine, hence the name for this decorative art chair that inverts the body and places the cervical vertebrae on the floor and the pelvis as the seat.

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The pelvis seat motivates us to think about this central part of the human skeletal structure. The fulcrum between the spine and the legs, the ‘basket’ of female reproductive organs, the space we all pass through. The gold color of the contemporary art chair makes it appear somewhere between a classical sculpture, a Rorschach Test, and a functional piece of art furniture.

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Tan’s practice continues to focus on the intersection between the craft of lost-wax casting and the creation of organic forms, at once thought-provoking and beautiful. Gallery All is the commissioning gallery of Tan Zhipeng’s edition works.

 

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