ARARIO GALLERY SHANGHAI is pleased to present an exhibition "EMOCODING" by Liang Manqi.
Adopting two-dimensional paintings as the primary clue, utilizing installations, site-specific paintings, and even the architectural structure of the space as her media, Liang Manqi is intended to connect, intervene, and complement the exhibition space with her works of art. The artist uses a playful visual language to break the boundary between the physical space and object, where the line, color, and form extend from the canvas into the real space. The seemingly logical visual symbols on canvas are balanced through the artist’s abundant sensibility and emotional order. Liang Manqi takes the geometrical shape and color as a method to understand herself and her surroundings, as well as the passage to embrace the psychological uncertainty, contradiction, and conflict that are regarded as the new undertakings of her art practice.
In her further exploration of artistic language, Liang Manqi’s artworks do not intend to induce audience‘s consciousness to reminisce some moments from real life. On the contrary, the abstract space engendered is beyond any specific experience. We can reconstruct the artist’s embedded pictorial discourse and expect to discover the artist’s elaborate intention. Yet, these clues are not found in her uttered words, rather, they are saturated into the lines, shapes, and color that are scattered on canvas and real space. Therefore, as we enter an exquisite world of images, we naturally come to recognize her deliberate appropriations from the world within and beyond herself, and aim to understand that which inspires the artist. With all the efforts, Liang explores the world where all elements such as space, color, light, proportion and shape may be defined, stated and conceptualized in certain contexts and practice.
Liang Mangi was born in 1986 in Zhuhai, China. She graduated from China Academy in 2009 and obtained her M.F.A from Die Die Universität der Künste Berlin in 2012. Her solo exhibitions and site-specific projects includes “Several Objective Relations”, ARARIO MUSEUM Jeju Dongmun Motel, Jeju; “Several Objective Relations-Space Project” (2014), Long Museum, Shanghai; “The Process of Energy” (2014) Antenna Space, Shanghai; “Clometry” (2015), ARARIO GALLERY, Seoul; and “Imaginary Practice” (2016), Contemporary By Angela Li, Hong Kong. Liang has also presented her works through diverse group exhibitions including "Space in Mind", Animamix Biennale 2015-2016, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai (2016); “WE: A Community of Chinese Contemporary Artists”, K11 Museum, Shanghai (2016); Inna Contemporary Art Space, Hangzhou; Banyan Art House, Hangzhou; and Hutong Project, Beijing. Liang Manqi currently lives and works in Shanghai.