Zhang Zhe (also known as Zhang Zhiping) became fascinated by sculpture when he was engaged in photography in Hong Kong in his early years. Later, he received funding from the Taiwan government and went to Kaohsiung to participate in the community art project of the "Refuse 2 Art Special Zone".
After refuting the second, he has moved into an independent personal studio, but he still prefers a space for collective creation. He has now been stationed in the Jockey Club Creative Art Center in Shek Kip Mei and has become one of the artists. His works are mainly large-scale metal installations that combine images and photos.
I am used to finding creative themes from the economic and social changes of the city, and I am good at using unexpected materials to stimulate people's emotions. At the opening exhibition of the Jockey Club Creative Arts Center converted from an old factory building, Zhang Zhe used entangled discarded plastic hangers to explore the relationship between material and space, art and industry.
Ban Zhang Zhe became interested in sculpture during his early years in Hong Kong while working as a photographer, before a grant from the Taiwanese government took him to Kaohsiung's Pier 2 Art District to be part of a community programme.
There he found a new, surprising level of inspiration and support. "They provided enough space and money for basic living so that I could reflect on my identity as an artist without pressure."
Zhang, has worked in solitary studio spaces since, he still prefers the collective environment and can now be found among a host of artists at the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre (JCCAC) in Hong Kong's Shek Kip Mei. Here he creates vast metal installations, incorporating graphics and photography, using materials found on the site.
While Zhang likes to explore themes of economic and social change in the city around him, he provokes emotional responses through the surprising use of materials. As part of the opening exhibition at the JCCAC, which celebrated its transformation from a factory estate into an emerging art hub, Zhang manipulated an abandoned tangle of plastic hangers to explore the relationship between substance and space, art and industry.