Aike Dellarco is pleased to present a curatorial project for a young Shanghai based artist Wang Yi at Asia Now 2017. Shifting from his earlier pictorial style to absolute abstraction, Wang Yi’s recent works inhere minimalism infused with the unique sense of light and color. Focusing on investigating complexity through easiness and purity, he surveys deconstruction and reconstruction of a specific space that becomes obscure, and through imbuing colors gives a spectator unique sensation of light, space and color interconnection.
Fascinated by the glazing techniques usually used in classical oil paintings and the transparent atmosphere it gains, Wang Yi applies this technique into his abstract works. With the use of only two or three colors in one painting, he overlays thin paint repeatedly on the same plane as an ascetic, eventually creating a retinal game while treating painting itself as a ritual.
Being one of important young Chinese artists, Wang Yi interrogates relationships between experience and reality, individuality and entirety. He’s aware of humanity confronting complex structure of society comprised of otherness and risking to entomb aspiration for individuality under massive flow of information, therefore he uses the rational approach of overlapping color to represent the essence of society, distinctiveness of humankind and absoluteness.