“Water in Dripping – Group of Warblers” (2022), stainless steel, 102 3/8 x 68 7/8 x 122 inches. All images © Zheng Lu, shared with permission courtesy of HOFA Gallery

Harnessing the energy of water in motion, Zheng Lu’s metallic sculptures appear frozen in time. The Beijing-based artist defies utilitarian or industrial associations with steel, creating tension between the material and the fluid forms. Challenging our expectations and understanding of physics, smooth, chrome-like surfaces reflect the surroundings and change in the light as the viewer moves around them, further adding to the perception that the sculpture itself is in motion. In some of the works, Zheng composes surfaces of thousands of Chinese characters derived from historical texts and poems, nodding to early Chinese philosophers who studied physical principles of the natural world to better understand cosmological mysteries.

Zheng’s exhibition Liquid Narratives runs March 16 to 29 at HOFA Gallery in London, marking the artist’s first show in the U.K., and you can find more of his work on his website.

 

“Water in Dripping – Heartflower” (2022), stainless steel, 39 3/8 x 35 3/8 x 61 3/8 inches

Detail of “Water in Dripping – Heartflower”

“Water in Dripping – Yong” (2019), stainless steel, 92 7/8 x 30 1/4 x 40 1/2 inches

“Water in Dripping – Music and Dance” (2022), stainless steel, 59 x 40 1/8 x 76 inches

“Water in Dripping – Water is Silent” (2022), stainless steel, 61 x 48 3/8 x 92 1/2 inches

Detail of “Water in Dripping – Water is Silent”

“Water in Dripping – Winter Rain” (2019), stainless steel, 46 1/2 x 48 x 76 3/4 inches

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