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Artist time traveler on canvas

TWELVE years ago, painter Zhong Biao wrote, "I have only one dream - that the people I paint will, many years later, pay a visit to the future on my behalf, taking along their chaotic world."

Today, Zhong draws on both China's past and future, melding them with a surreal present in a landscape of chiaroscuro that combines order and disorder, pavilions of the World Expo 2010 Shanghai, views of the city, Confucius holding a camera - and incongruous characters from other times and realms.

This sweeping work "To the Future" (440 x 723cm) and a companion piece "Light Years" (440 x 717cm) are highlights of Zhong's multimedia solo exhibition at Z-Art Center in Pudong, combining painting, installation and video.

It's titled "To the Future - Zhong Biao's Art Experience in Shanghai 2010."

"Light Years" depicts the universe as seen by ancient people. It involves video containing holographic and chaotic images.

The artist observes, "The movement of the boundless energy of the universe decides the certainty of the trend of events, the trend of events creates destiny, and destiny changes the direction of the next movement."

Zhong, in his early 40s, is very active on the modern Chinese art scene, seeking the serendipity, the fortunate coincidences in all things as well as the underlying trends. He presents richly colored scenes of social life, creating new pictorial memories.

In this exhibition of painting, installation and video, the artist breaks through the limits of a traditional solo exhibition by bringing the viewers large-scale event in multimedia arts that combine the elements of painting, installation and video.

Zhong ties a giant rose-colored ribbon around the entire Z-Art Center, making it into a giant gift package filled with his creations. The center itself becomes installation art.

In the darkened exhibition space on the first floor, visitors encounter massive paintings, dazzling video displays projected onto the floor, rows and layers of mirrors and mysterious music. The feeling is fluid, boundless and surreal.

Born in Chongqing, Zhong graduated in 1991 from the oil painting department of the Zhejiang Fine Arts Academy (now the China Academy of Fine Arts).

He teaches at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute.

Date: through July 4 (closed on Mondays), 10am-5pm

Venue: Z-Art Center, 419 Zuchongzhi Rd, Pudong


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