Selected works by Zheng Guogu

Zheng Guogu
Year Two Thousand, Another Two Thousand Years to Rust


Set of 23 hand made and etched life size wine and beer bottles

In Year Two Thousand, Another Two Thousand Years To Rust Zheng uses iron for its connotations as primitive, industrial, and militaristic material, as well as for it’s sheer weight, to cast a variety of liquor bottles. Zheng’s sculpture makes reference to China’s fast expanding economy in relation to its millennia-old history, humorously posing the transient icons of commodity culture and frivolous indulgence as indestructible anti-ergonomic ballasts. In theory, each of Zheng’s bottles should take 2000 years to fully disintegrate, allegorically reversing the calendar of Western civilisation and restoring a balance of nature.
Zheng Guogu


Collaborative work with the Yangjiang group inc. Chen Zaiyan and Sun Qinglin

Wax, calligraphy, metal armature

210 x 140 x 140 cm

Zheng Guogu’s sculptural work often combines enduring and imperious materials with unorthodox and fragile substances, the physicality of his forms operating as both tactile and symbolic matter. In Waterfall, melted wax pours over a metal ballast, literally freezing poetry in motion, embedding calligraphy scripts in the pristine fountain. Suggestive of a mountainous landscape, Waterfall is both illusory and monumental, creating an image of cyclical purity, a suspended and harmonious tension between permanence and temporality; its ethereal whiteness in Chinese culture signifies grief and mourning.

Other Resources
Additional information and images - Zheng Guogu
Modern and contemporary artists and art - Zheng Guogu - Zheng Guogu, An Artist for the New China by Betti-Sue Hertz
While preparing the exhibition Past in Reverse: Contemporary Art of East Asiafor the San Diego Museum of Art from 2001 to 2004, I had the opportunity to visit Zheng Guogu, an artist who is much revered in China and not very well known outside of the country.
Zheng Guogu at Vitamin Creative Space by Christopher Phillips
Additional images – Zheng Guogu - Zheng Guogu: Photographic works
The exhibition is an overview of Zheng Guogu's photographic works since 1996 (Zheng Guogu's 'calligraphy' works were presented at ShanghART last year). The current show includes pieces from the following series: 'The 10'000 customers', 'Tokyo Sky Stories', 'Canton Flowers', 'Sun Shine', 'The Young Man's Most Ideal Bride' and 'Yang Jiang Youth'.
Additional images and information on Zheng Guogu