Jumping out of Three Dimensions, Staying outside Five Elements explores Zheng Guogu’s art practices since 1994. For Zheng Guogu, there are many ways to explore the various spectrum of life, all of which are pertinent to the local context of a specific space and a specific moment in time, which is precisely about how humans react to different circumstances by going with the flow. These practices can also be seen as a kind of investigative method of infiltrating space, body and social transformation, all his work is like sparkle of his idea to flash at certain point during his life. What he is thinking is what he feels. The publication reflects on a person’s dynamics between his works and his immediate surroundings. Corresponding to this, there are many sub-spaces created within the whole publication space, eventually the publication itself becomes a multi-layer architecture piece, just as what Zheng Guogu has constructed in his homeland – a peripheral city where he insists to be based in.
Hu Fang: In 1994, you saw a madman who appeared from nowhere and was thrown into the Yangjiang street, and you treated him as your “teacher”.
Zheng Guogu: He was crazier than most. I needed a model to learn from, and his insanity is exactly what I needed. He became my role model. The education I've received in the conservative academy of fine arts had no room for insanity. I felt reluctant to stay after half year's training. The sight of insanity restored me to vigor right away. (He laughs.)
Hu Fang: In the photo of the two of you together, the two of you smile lovely!
Zheng Guogu:In fact, I still didn't smile as naturally as he did. He was in a state of ecstasy, while I was in a state of learning. But I seemed to be full of strength when I levelled with him.
—Excerpts from Conversation around Home (Hu Fang in dialogue with Zheng Guogu)
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