Zhang plays with transmuting a revered art form—Chinese scholars’ rocks—through the use of industrial materials to reflect upon China’s cultural identity in contemporary conditions. This piece recreates a garden rock in purple silicone, playfully demonstrating how Chinese traditions may evolve within a new global context. According to the artist, the work, as “a societal landscape specific to our time,” comments on the sometimes incongruous collision of cultures that is modern China.
Acquired directly from the artist in 2008 by Uli Sigg, a Swiss private collector and the current owner.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China," December 9, 2013–April 6, 2014.