Revisit of Soul Mountains – An Exhibition of Li Zhi’s Photographs and Paintings

The opening reception of “Mountains in hometown and their elegy – Li Zhi Photography and Painting Exhibition” was held at Yanerwan Contemporary Art Museum of Lanzhou, Gansu Province and View Are Gallery at 2 pm on Nov. 24, 2018. The exhibition was hosted by Propaganda Department of Lanzhou Municipal Committee, View Culture and Art Center and Yanerwan Contemporary Art Museum, co-sponsored by Lanzhou Enjoy Sunshine Culture Communication Company and Gansu Dongchen Culture Development Company, undertaken by View Art Gallery and curated by Niu Hengli.
The exhibition has luckily invited Zang Ce, the famous Chinese writer and literary theorist, to serve as the academic director. The exhibition has displayed 82 pieces of works in the three series of thematic photographic works by Li Zhi: Inquiring Water, Walking in Mountains, and Honggu. There were also 32 pieces of oil painting and paper-based works as well as hand scrolls and high-quality albums worthy of collection. Li Zhi’s latest series photographic work Xishan was also published during the exhibition.
The exhibition is Li Zhi’s biggest solo exhibition with the most comprehensive presentation of his works. It is also very important to View Art Gallery in that it is the first solo exhibition organized by the gallery for top domestic contemporary artists since its foundation.
The exhibition invited Ao Guoxing, Mu Ge, Zeng Han, Zhang Lanpo and other famous domestic artists as well as many famous figures and artists in Gansu to attend the opening ceremony. Li Zhi’s academic lecture and seminar were later held.
Li Zhi, born in 1975 in a humble family in Fengqiu, Henan, is now a professional artist who lives in Beijing and conducts artistic practice and creation through painting and photography. In the creation, based on his knowledge from ten years of learning and the nourishment of traditional poetry and books, he traced back to find the origins of the two traditional paintings of China and Western Europe from the perspective of artistic form, and in the aspect of spirit he turned gradually from the spirit of Confucianism to the root of the Chinese Taoist thought. He went out of the study and the studio to the mountains to relish in the nature of the mountains and rivers. As a result, his photography creation has also changed gradually anew during his journey. His creation is not only the endless chanting of photographic films in the mountains and rivers, but also the mournful chanting of nature bearing the heavy burden of industrial civilization.