Vanguard gallery

ART FAIR | Zhu Changquan’s Solo Project at NAFI 2022|B-02




Vanguard Gallery is pleased to present Zhu Changquan’s solo project featuring videos and the latest graphic works at Nanjing Art Fair International from 23rd to 25th at booth B-02.




I’m Disguised, Right in front of  You

Video, dual channel |3840x2160p10’00”



This project is a continuation of Zhu Changquan’s solo exhibition “OMNIPRESENCE” at Vanguard Gallery(2021), and will continue to deepen the core creative concept of “all-factor video narrative”. The core notion of his art which attempts to place equal importance on all factors interfering the progress of events and matters. In his conception, trivial details normally disregarded gain vital importance in decoding the subject, while the acquisition and recognition of such details lie in accordance with the viewer’s own experience, leading to distinct and individualized cognitive outcomes produced at the viewer’s “receiving end”.


The exhibition derives from the video work Dark, Beyond Deep (2019-20), with its artistic concept extending into I’m Disguised, Right in front of You (2021) and onsite sculptures. The video contains a computer-generated garden, a test site for cognitive formation, in which symbolic and allegorical items such as apple, snake, raven, or monkey take the role of “guides” or points of reference. These items lead the viewers to explore the garden so as to formulate their individual cognitions through diverse dimensions and perspectives endowed by the guides’ narration, action or shifting angles. Throughout the exhibition, the videos and sculptures become carriers of the variable, pivotal code embedded by the artist, taking form of symbols, stories, imagery, Morse code, and music sheet. The viewer’s perception and interpretation of the variable would inform the topology of the entire garden. The collective of Zhu’s works tends to dissolve the time-based linear narrative, with the contextualization of components and individual elements serving as potential entrances to the cognitive realm.



Dark, Beyond Deep

Digital simulation video, dual screen, dual channel|1920x1080px2|17’40’’



Zhu Changquan constantly seeks to disrupt the existing and rigid system of cognition, while attempting to negotiate and establish an alternative system that is diffused and tangled. Is it left to the viewer to decide which system contains more truth to our world?


Hello, New World No.01

Archival UV printing |on aluminum panel|31x45cmX2|2022





A sudden gust of wind at the entrance of the cave

Archival UV printing on aluminum panel|135x180cm|2022















Zhu Changquan was born in Shandong in 1989. He graduated from the Experimental Image Studio, School of Inter-media Art, China Art Academy in 2014. He won the Special Award of the 5th Huayu Youth Award in 2017. Zhu currently lives and works in Hangzhou and Shanghai.


His recent solo exhibitions include: “Murmur”, The Store, Seoul, South Korea(2022); Nanjing Art Fair International, Nanjing, China(2022); “Wild Cursive”, Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China (2020); “Zhu Changquan: A History of an Action, 2019”, Avenida da Nave Desportiva, Cotai, Macau (2019); “A History of an Action”, OCAT Shanghai, Shanghai, China (2018); “A Head without a Brain”, Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai, China (2017).


The recent group exhibitions he attende include: “Durational”, Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai, China (2021); “Audiovisual Obstructions”, PPPP Space, Beijing, China (2019); “The exhibition of annual of contemporary art of China 2018”, Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China (2019); “New Video in China—New Attitude since 2010”, Chengdu, China (2018); “The Post Southern Song Dyansty”, KWM Art Center, Beijing, China (2018); “PITY PARTY”, Sleepcenter, New York, USA (2018); The 5th Huayu Youth Award, Huayu Art Center, Sanya, China (2017); “The New Normal: China, Art, and 2017”, UCCA, Beijing, China (2017).