Zhang exploits the potential of the ink medium to create powerful nonfigurative works. This piece from his Divine Light series presents abstract geometric fields interwoven with irregular bands in contrasting shades of ink monochrome. Animating the picture surface are webs of delicate crackles and clusters of water drops, producing a sparkling, vibrating visual effect. Part mountain vista and part extraterrestrial vision, Zhang's paintings push the boundaries of the category of landscape.
Signature: In the lower left corner of the painting is a penciled signature and date (in English): "Zhang Yu 2000/2." Below this is a single Chinese character ? di ("earth" or "bottom"), indicating the work's proper orientation.
Chung Ching-hsin , Taichung, Taiwan (until 2011; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China," December 9, 2013–April 6, 2014.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Traditions of China," August 26, 2017–January 6, 2019.