ARTSPACE 8 is pleased to announce Beyond Dimensions, a solo exhibition of recent works by the Chinese painter and sculptor Yang Yang. The opening reception will be held on Friday, September 16th from 6 to 8pm.
Over the course of his career, Yang Yang has cultivated a style that deftly synthesizes traditions from both his Chinese heritage and his western education, lending a cultural and temporal ambiguity to his work. While his use of traditional calligraphy and ink painting reference ancient Chinese practice, his bulbous forms and gestural use of paint propel his work into its contemporary context. His works are characterized by mythical settings where animals and humans share an existence of ambiguity - capturing an unconstrained perception of humanity through a combination of monochromatic colors, textures, and figures that transcend racial and ethnic assignment. His reimagined figures, on hazy, otherworldly planes, evoke Chinese mystic tradition and Taoist philosophy. Seeking to provoke a story inside each viewer, Yang Yang's works conduct a constantly growing narrative shaped by the mystique and internal interpretations of its viewers - bringing us into an illusory world beyond dimensions.
"To a certain degree, Yang Yang's art has reflected the humankind's longing for harmony and beauty. Yang Yang's technique and style does not belong to any particular school, but rather they represent an unusual beauty. He often uses various grey colors that symbolize a sublime, vague, and mystical impression. By unifying the line and plane, he obtains both Oriental compositions and Western color harmony. His paintings have a strong sense of intensity and explosive power, which is something beyond the artist's emotional and psychological state." -- Liu Qi Wei, Shandong Art Museum Curator