The Guesthouse Of Cascades 瀑布招待所
BY Zhang Wenxin 张文心

Size:285mm x 176mm
116 Pages
First edition of 800
Published in December 2017
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尺寸:285mm x 176mm
页码:116页
印量:800本,2017年12月出版

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About the artist

Wenxin Zhang was born in 1989 and currently lives and works in Anhui. She has received her MFA degree at California College of the Arts in 2013. Zhang was a receiver of the Magnum Foundation Atlantic Philanthropies Grant in 2015, and she was selected as British Journal of Photograph’s 2016 New Talent. She was also a finalist in 2014 Three Shadows Photography Award and the 2014 Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award. She has also participated in artist residencies and exhibitions in both China and overseas. Zhang utilizes video, CG, photography and installation, as well as combines writing and music to create process-oriented perceptual experience that usually starts from everyday experience and then grows into the continuous reflections on time and transcendence.

About the book

In “The Guesthouse of Cascades”, faint traces lead the readers to a journey that lies between reality and illusion. Departing from a mountain guesthouse that dates back in the 90s, the experience from the past and present entangles, the "beasts" that hides in the crevice slowly appear beyond the images. Every page of the book resembles a slice of time. It forms an entity with a fluid structure through folding/spreading, stacking/isolating and stitching/cutting. From straight photography to photos that are interrupted by simulated materials, and to 3D modeling and animations that use photographs as textures, this book is not merely a presentation of Zhang’s existing works, but a new body of work that is developed from an alchemy of imagery. Just like the cascades in the book title, these images construct the narrative as water shapes cliffs and the shallows.

关于艺术家

张文心1989年出生,2013年毕业于加州艺术学院,获纯艺术硕士学位;现工作、生活于安徽。她曾于2015年获得马格南基金会Atlantic Philanthropies奖金;2016年获得British Journal of Photography New Talent;2014年入选三影堂摄影奖和徕卡新人奖。她曾于武汉剩余空间、旧金山ATA Gallery举办个展,并广泛参加国内外展览与驻地项目。张文心运用录像、电脑动画、摄影与装置,并综合写作与音乐,建构以过程为导向的知觉体验,亦常常由日常经验绵延出对时间与超验的思考。

关于作品

由90年代的山中招待所出发,循着幽微的线索,张文心邀请读者由《瀑布招待所》开启一段穿行于现实与幻象之间的旅程。过去的记忆与经验贯穿在不明的当下,罅隙中的“巨兽”在图像之外渐渐显形。《瀑布招待所》的每一页都像是时间的切片,通过折叠/展开、覆盖/分离、缝线/切割,形成一个结构流动的整体。从“直接”摄影,到参入虚构元素的照片,再到几乎完全使照片成为素材的三维建模与动画,这本书不是张文心的某一组已完成作品的书面呈现,而是沿着她一直以来创作背后的隐藏路径,在繁杂的图像丛林中进行抓取、提炼之后生成的一个新作品。如同书名中的“瀑布”,这些图像自然地流溢倾斜,形成叙事,形成一道道断崖和浅滩。

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