Collision Part I – Yang Yongliang & Gao Feng Dual Exhibition

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FQ Projects is pleased to present a two-person-solo-show by two young Chinese artists who live in completely different parts of China. They both chose to combine their personal interest within the composition of Chinese traditional paintings in order to present their own ‘new classic’ artistic expression.

非青计划五六月展览推出的是两位生活在南北不同地域的中国青年艺术家,他们不约而同地在创作过程中选择了将自己感兴趣的元素运用到传统中国画的构图中,从而实现另一种极具个人风格的艺术表现手法。

 

Yang Yongliang is a young local artist who studied traditional Chinese art of  shui mo painting and calligraphy from an early age. His teacher was Yang Yang who is the professor of traditional art at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He cleverly recreated “Cun”, the main representation of Chinese Shanshui paintings by using a camera, the contemporary visual device, to express his creativity for the subjects he is concerned with.  He combined the traditional Chinese paintings with the modern Shanghai city life and the details reveal current urban culture. The scenes of construction sites, large cranes, traffic signs and fly-overs are those that all Shanghai citizens are familiar with and all have become critical elements in his artworks. These common objects can be found everywhere in Shanghai, Yang Yongliang has arranged them to fit into the traditional Chinese Paintings’ composition. When watching the photographic works at a distance, they are dreamlike Shanshui paintings. On the contrary when looking at them closely, they become shockingly modern city views. He perfectly handles the contradictions between ephemeral and solid, vigor and gentle, sparse and bold, beauty and ugly so as to make the entire picture poetically harmonious, but the details are ‘blots on the landscape’. He successfully achieves a perfect balance between fragility and danger, beauty and cruelty, he brings the viewers not only visual enjoyment, but also the contemplation and self-examination of the various social and cultural concerns.

Gao Feng was born in Xinjiang and graduated from the prestigious China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. He has drawn inspiration from observing the organisms that make the human form, and his work over the years has developed this inspiration and the reproduction of this in his art into microbial characters, bacterium, viral and microstructures of all kinds. The substances Gao Feng observes through a microscope brings him inspiration and in creating microbial images, he transforms his art using abstract style. The series of paintings “past existence” both reflect the past of traditional Chinese paintings, as they were like mirrors of the past and reflect upon the human organism and its interaction with the landscape around it. He creates a fantasy world by his bold imagination, the characters only have burrows like acetabulas instead of any facial features. The variation of the traditional Chinese paintings by him is to evoke people’s bold imagination and special consideration of the history and the human organism. Compared to traditional Chinese paintings, Gao Feng uses plenty of high saturation acrylic to paint the mountains and stones in his series of paintings “past existence”, and it enriches the picture dramatically and magically.

View Artist Profiles:

Gao Feng

Yang Yongliang

非青计划五六月展览推出的是两位生活在南北不同地域的中国青年艺术家,他们不约而同地在创作过程中选择了将自己感兴趣的元素运用到传统中国画的构图中,从而实现另一种极具个人风格的艺术表现手法。

杨泳梁是上海本地的一位年轻艺术家,年幼师从香港中文大学导师杨洋,接受国画,书法等中国传统艺术学习近十年。他对中国山水绘画的主要表现手法“皴”进行了创造性地颠覆,运用照相机这个现代视觉装置所呈现的影像淋漓尽致地表达了他的创作主题。他将中国传统的山水画与上海现代化都市生活结合在一起,细节处的点滴透露出上海的都市文化。上海人熟悉的建筑工地、大吊车、交通标识、高架桥等都成为他作品中的常见元素,这些马路上随处可见的玩意被杨泳梁用传统水墨画的构图营造出一幅幅“远看是如梦似幻的山水画卷,近看则是一派触目惊心的现代城市景象”的当代摄影作品。他完美地处理了虚与实、刚与柔、疏与密、美与丑的矛盾关系,使画面表面具有整体的诗意,而其中的细节却大煞风景。这一系列作品不可思议地达到了一种脆弱的危险的平衡。美好的生活中参杂了一丝残酷,他带给欣赏者的不仅是一种视觉上的享受,更多的则是对于社会问题的种种思索与反省。

高风出生于新疆,中央美术学院毕业后开始了他的艺术创作道路。高风观察显微镜下的物体给他带来了创作微生物形象的灵感,他将这些灵感转化为了一个个具有抽象风格的微生物人物,因此他的作品中充满了细菌、病毒、微生物与各种物质的微观结构。《前世》系列绘画是对于中国古代经典绘画的一种“篡改”,犹如一面魔镜在现世却映照出了过去。他以自己的大胆想象创造出了一番充满了魔幻魅力的奇幻景象。在他的作品中,人物不具备任何五官特征,有的只是犹如吸盘般的洞穴。他对传统中国经典艺术绘画的变异,目的就是为了唤起人们对于历史的大胆设想和另类思索。不同于传统中国山水绘画,高风的《前世》系列运用了大量饱和度高的油画和丙稀颜料来描画山石和人物,进一步丰富了画面的戏剧感和魔幻感。

艺术家简介:

高风

杨泳梁