About the exhibition
Through his works, Yu Yang discusses the topic of tradition and modernism. He thinks that the expression of traditional and contemporary ink painting cannot be entirely adequate to today, nor can it suit this era. That is why Yu Yang tries to narrow the distance between tradition and today in the wriest possible way.
Yu Yang dips rice paper into ink, then covers wood sticks with those ink papers, and lays them inside the cubes one by one. The order of sticks is determined by the proportion of ink, water and pigment through a rational and orderly fashion. In the meantime, the charm of ink and tradition reveals itself to our eyes. This set of works integrates eastern ink and western abstraction, simplifying old-time ink paintings, interpreting the essence of ink and creating a new order.
In the set of fan-shaped works, the artist just dips ink into fan-shaped paper, taking the fan as a simple object rather than as a relic of traditional culture. He doesn't treat the fan in a formal way, but pays attention instead to what the fan is in itself.
About the artist
Yu Yang, born 1979 in Ulanhot, Inner Mongolia, received his MFA from the Central Acad
emy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in 2013. He is a member of the COLD INK art group, working and living in Beijing.
His works have been exhibited in numerous art institutions, including Long museum (Shanghai, China), National Museum of China (Beijing, China). He has also received support from galleries including Parkview Green Gallery (Beijing, China) and Tokyo Gallery+ BTAP (Beijing, China).