Suffice it to say, Zhang's often large-scale canvases each stand alone in a world all their own, boiling with color and some kind of Xi-ness that only the artist can understand. And that's enough for Zeile, who's just plain thrilled to be hosting the new solo of a major emerging artist who's still in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen.
"It's been a thrill to develop with him," he says. "I've come to see him as a pure, raw talent who is truly driven to do what he does, and the cultural context of his work is one of its most unique elements. It's so much more than his being from China. Part of the experience with Xi is that I think he really does perceive himself as a Colorado artist, just because his career has blossomed so much here."
See why Zhang is destined for recognition: 11 Ceremonies opens tonight with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and continues through April 14 at Plus, 2501 Larimer Street; the artist will also give a free talk at 6:30 p.m. on March 28. Visit www.plusgallery.com or call 303-296-0927 for more information.
Wednesdays-Saturdays. Starts: March 8. Continues through April 14, 2012