Hanyang Zhou

Revealing the tension out of nothing in a poetic manner is the key idea for Hanyang’s works. He seeks for transandent moments of gesture, mark and mood when objects begin to show their identities apart from the one which is given by our culture.

Distance, 2017, Jet Print, Premium Photo Satin 240gsm, 9.6 in x 16.5 in  “Expecting to make friends with natives, but end up being hesitated to take an action and stand aside.” This subtle feeling of distance be-tween the foreign and the local has often been running upon some of those who recently reside far away from home. The work captures a tiny portion of human body and shadow, simplifying and signifying the subjects, which stimulates viewers to imagine a larger picture outside the frame: the shadows indicate face-to-face body gesture located out-side the photo, suggesting the expectation to communicate with each other; however, one of them moves away his sight, staring at the legs of the other person instead. The anticipation of communication and the betray of action create this invisible distance in-between, reflecting the hesitation in the mind.

Distance, 2017, Jet Print, Premium Photo Satin 240gsm, 9.6 in x 16.5 in

“Expecting to make friends with natives, but end up being hesitated to take an action and stand aside.” This subtle feeling of distance be-tween the foreign and the local has often been running upon some of those who recently reside far away from home. The work captures a tiny portion of human body and shadow, simplifying and signifying the subjects, which stimulates viewers to imagine a larger picture outside the frame: the shadows indicate face-to-face body gesture located out-side the photo, suggesting the expectation to communicate with each other; however, one of them moves away his sight, staring at the legs of the other person instead. The anticipation of communication and the betray of action create this invisible distance in-between, reflecting the hesitation in the mind.

Lover, 2017, Jet Print, Premium Photo Satin 240gsm, 11.5 in x 16.5 in  “The balance is created upon the endeavor.” The work aims to reveal this subtle relationship between lovers, encouraging people to rethink and re-value the current moment that your lover has made a great ef-fort to stay with you. The curtain and banana in the work are metaphors for each side of the couple. Lovers have to adjust themselves to be best suited for each other: the curtain makes a great effort to wind its body and tie a knot, creating a space for the banana to hang and reside; In order to respond, the banana peels off from the original structure, changing its orientation to nestle in the arms of the curtain, with its wounded head. With the time goes by, it is hard to avoid the moment when lovers feel exhausted: the oxidation starts to appear on the skin of the banana; the knot begins to be slack and it seems like a slight pull would be enough to slip it. The closet, full of clothes, looming at the background, indicates an ordinary taste of everyday life after being together. “Is it worth?” A lot of couples may have asked themselves this question. However, we should also pay attention to the current moment where the other is making a great effort to be suited with you, which deserves a great amount of treasure.

Lover, 2017, Jet Print, Premium Photo Satin 240gsm, 11.5 in x 16.5 in

“The balance is created upon the endeavor.” The work aims to reveal this subtle relationship between lovers, encouraging people to rethink and re-value the current moment that your lover has made a great ef-fort to stay with you. The curtain and banana in the work are metaphors for each side of the couple. Lovers have to adjust themselves to be best suited for each other: the curtain makes a great effort to wind its body and tie a knot, creating a space for the banana to hang and reside; In order to respond, the banana peels off from the original structure, changing its orientation to nestle in the arms of the curtain, with its wounded head. With the time goes by, it is hard to avoid the moment when lovers feel exhausted: the oxidation starts to appear on the skin of the banana; the knot begins to be slack and it seems like a slight pull would be enough to slip it. The closet, full of clothes, looming at the background, indicates an ordinary taste of everyday life after being together. “Is it worth?” A lot of couples may have asked themselves this question. However, we should also pay attention to the current moment where the other is making a great effort to be suited with you, which deserves a great amount of treasure.

Coming Back, 2019, Jet Print, Premium Photo Satin 240gsm, 12.5 in x 16.5 in  “The life polishes the edges and corners on both of us, and cultivates the tacit understanding and the merge in-between.” The work captures a sense of place that features soft, neat and harmonious to demonstrate the integrated and tacit relationship between the lovers after they have been polished by the life. In the scene, two pairs of identical slippers are tidily placed below the step, facing toward the corridor: they are probably arranged by the lovers after they come back into the room. The shimmer from the corridor is led by the half-open Shoji door, lying peacefully on the body of a cane chair; the vivid light at the far back suggests that the lovers are over there right now: such a peaceful, har-monious and tacit atmosphere. At the moment, the two merges with each other.

Coming Back, 2019, Jet Print, Premium Photo Satin 240gsm, 12.5 in x 16.5 in

“The life polishes the edges and corners on both of us, and cultivates the tacit understanding and the merge in-between.” The work captures a sense of place that features soft, neat and harmonious to demonstrate the integrated and tacit relationship between the lovers after they have been polished by the life. In the scene, two pairs of identical slippers are tidily placed below the step, facing toward the corridor: they are probably arranged by the lovers after they come back into the room. The shimmer from the corridor is led by the half-open Shoji door, lying peacefully on the body of a cane chair; the vivid light at the far back suggests that the lovers are over there right now: such a peaceful, har-monious and tacit atmosphere. At the moment, the two merges with each other.

Lover #2, 2017, Jet Print, Premium Photo Satin 240gsm, 12.5 in x 16.5 in   “The confrontation in an unbalanced relation from lovers.” There must a dominant role in a relationship. The soft light and the gleaming furniture renders a peaceful image of daily life, but the details embed a powerful pressure and confrontation: the banana looks tired due to the oxadation on the skin and is partially hiding into the darkness, while the other side, with large exposure of body which looks very smooth and healthy, is moving aggressively toward the banana. With both gestures posing against each other, the tiny space in between becomes dramatically powerful: it looks like the banana has used all its energy to maintain the space.

Lover #2, 2017, Jet Print, Premium Photo Satin 240gsm, 12.5 in x 16.5 in

“The confrontation in an unbalanced relation from lovers.” There must a dominant role in a relationship. The soft light and the gleaming furniture renders a peaceful image of daily life, but the details embed a powerful pressure and confrontation: the banana looks tired due to the oxadation on the skin and is partially hiding into the darkness, while the other side, with large exposure of body which looks very smooth and healthy, is moving aggressively toward the banana. With both gestures posing against each other, the tiny space in between becomes dramatically powerful: it looks like the banana has used all its energy to maintain the space.