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Zheng Chongbin

Boundless Ink

BY TIFFANY WEI-YING BERES

WALL OF SKIES (detail), 2015, installation with ink, xuan paper and steel, dimensions variable. 

All images courtesy the artist and Ink Studio, Beijing.

It might seem surprising that Zheng Chongbin was once an instructor in figure painting. Although his multilayered paintings and installations contain the elements that are essential to the Chinese art tradition—the ink, the paper—in Zheng's hands they are completely unfamiliar at the same time. His visceral, abstract style, with its eschewing of brushwork and its emphasis on redefining compositional structure, highlights the materials themselves. His former

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