by Sam Hoh in New Art on Thursday 12 April 2012

Zhang Yu’s fingerprint series involves the process of pressing his inked right index finger onto rice paper to cover surfaces as large as 21 metres long. A record of this recurring action is revealed in soft, overlapping patterns of red, grey and white (white is referred to as colourless because he uses plain water instead of ink). As installations, Zhang’s work looks grand. I would imagine that being immersed in this environment would have an overwhelming yet meditative effect.