Zhang Kexin: Pilgrim of Life
Written by Suwarno Wisetrotomo
For a pilgrim, the past, present, and the image of the future meet, dissolve with the possibilities it encounters. A pilgrim does not have time to feel disappointed when something encountered looks bad, because it is also part of the enriching experience. That is how pilgrims often become anxious to continue their pilgrimage, from one place to the next with a passion.
Zhang Kexin's works are based on the main idea of "the relationship between man and nature, the balance between the body and the spiritual world". His works are completely under the control of mind, soul and body which is very organized. Visuals with high ornamentation, bright colors, enveloping and filling complex forms; between realistic and deformative. He is worried about the issue of global warming, plunder of nature, forest fires, floods, and also the COVID-19 outbreak, that invade human life today. That is the driving force and energy behind his current works.
This solo exhibition at Tirtodipuran Link, he presents the latest works created during his stay in Muntilan. He perpetuates global experiences and problems. For example, the Dream Prince Cruise painting (new worlds and experiences: celebration, arrogance, cunning, combined with humility, honesty and spirituality); Butterfly Garden (tragedy and irony, garden looks beautiful but hides fragility); Aquarium (looks beautiful, but it is just a "decoration" replicating reality for entertainment); Goodbye Komodo Dragon (in the name of tourism, often sacrificing organic life).
Kexin's works show the condition of his soul that looks at life warmly and optimistically. He responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by withdrawing from the crowd, mostly in the studio, compiling a puzzle of his pilgrimage experiences. The works in this pandemic era are colorful, hinting at hope, although here and there are codes that send messages about irony and tragedy. Kexin and his works are important to be absorbed as a reflection of the journey of the universe and humanity.