My artworks are in two disciplines: printmaking and installations. Both disciplines carry my personal concept of Zen Meditation, a long-term ongoing project. Whether two-dimensional printmaking works or three-dimensional installation works, meditation is throughout the process of my creation.
My work should be regarded as contemporary abstract. Religious ideas, such as Zen are infused in these abstract formations.
My printmaking work:
When choosing materials, I some times use objects found around me, some times I carve my own blocks to print. Off-the-shelf products/things around me like a piece of an aluminum block for the old fashioned industrial print shop or a piece of original woodblock prints for Chinese New Year poster. I also carved materials such as stone, wood, rubber plates, etc.and made them into print blocks. In fact, over the years, I have a pretty big collection of these found and made printmaking blocks.
In the creation method, I do not often use letterpress. I manually print the blocks on paper one by one, like a thousand years ago in ancient China. I call it loose printing.
In material selection, I use newspapers from many countries around the world.
In the production means, I manually make newspaper into a roll, then twist into a flower, then pinch into a triangle, and so on. The process of making individual objects, forming a group as installation takes years. That has also been the time that I marinate. The process is more like performing art. The completion of the installation is to display them in museums, war cemeteries and places related to history and culture around the world. It is a way I Looking for my own connections to literature, personal meditation, history, and culture.
Xuewu Zheng had solo exhibitions at the National Art Museum, Red Gate Gallery, Ackland Museum, UNC-Chapel Hill, Turchin Center of Visual Art at Appalachian State University, Woo Jae-Gil Art Museum, Palmer Art Gallery at Vassar College, Vermont Studio Center, etc. He had joined group exhibitions at Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art of SUNY New Paltz, Henan Art Museum, 798 Space, Arbazaar Art Museum, Gwangju Art Museum, Kaethe Kollwitz-Museum, etc.
Xuewu Zheng also worked as a visiting professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Appa- lachian State University. He gave lectures at Columbia University, Emory University, Guildford College, Vassar College, The New School in NYC, Tsinghua University School of Art and Design, Zibo College, Heilongjiang Normal University, and University College Cork – National University of Ireland.
Xuewu Zheng graduated from the Harbin Normal University and Tsinghua University School of Arts and Design. He is working toward an MFA of Printmaking from the State University of New York at New Paltz.
六十年代出生于中国黑龙江省，先后毕业于哈尔滨师范大学艺术学院美术系、中央工艺美术学院装饰艺术系、纽约州 立大学美术学院版画系。是美国北卡罗来纳大学、阿巴拉契亚州立大学客座教授;美国哥伦比亚大学、艾莫瑞大学、 吉尔福德学院、威瑞·威尔逊学院、瓦萨尔学院、帕森斯学院和爱尔兰考克大学访问学者;美国佛蒙特艺术中心、美国 内布拉斯卡艺术农场、美国罗森戴尔艺术中心、韩国光州市立美术馆、比利时马瑟瑞尔艺术中心等国际驻访项目艺术家。
在中国美术馆、红门画廊;美国阿克兰博物馆、特尔钦博物馆、瓦萨尔学院美术馆等地举办个展。在德国科勒惠支博 物馆;美国威廉姆斯纸艺博物馆、独立战争博物馆、多斯基博物馆;韩国光州市立美术馆;爱尔兰考克美术馆;中国 南京金陵美术馆等地参加联展。作品为中国美术馆;美国阿克兰博物馆、特尔钦博物馆;韩国光州市立美术馆;德国 科勒惠支博物馆 ;澳大利亚驻华大使馆;中国美术馆、河南省美术馆、宁波美术馆及众多国家的私人收藏。