‘Soft fire makes slow melt.’
Artist Zhang Huan offers this elegant introduction to his mirror-finished stainless steel sculpture, Slow, installed in 2017 at 39 Smithe Street.
The internationally renowned Zhang Huan – born 1965 in An Yang City, He Nan Province, China – now lives between Shanghai and New York. ‘High quality artworks,’ he writes, ‘come from slow but meticulous creations, that is the essence of the sculpture.’
‘The mother panda and the baby panda stroll idly,’ Zhang Huan goes on to explain, ‘expressing deep love and intimacy through their charmingly naive figures.’ The artist hopes ‘that people can slow down their paces and balance their life, cherish precious emotions and appreciate confidence and hope.’
Zhang Huan’s work extends from sculpture to painting, drawing, photography and performance art. He has exhibited in museums and galleries across the world. In 2011, The National Gallery of Canada purchased one of his particularly well-known pieces – 1997’s To Raise the Water Level in a Fish Pond. You’ll see it at the end of the following Museum TV survey of some of his work.