Floating in the Flows | Kangi Connie Wang
Reception: Thursday, March 28, 2019. 6 PM – 8 PM
On View: March 28th – May 11th, 2019
Gallery Hours: Thu – Sat 11 AM – 5 PM. And by Appointment
Location: 102 – 1688 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6J 1G1
Contacts: [email protected]
Floating In The Flows
Kangi Connie Wang’s practice includes the use of synesthesia, a sound to colour experience that is a translation of another dimension. It is not the core of the work, yet acts as a tool towards an intuitive process building itself out of additive gestures. Born in China, she was raised within an eastern environment for nineteen years before moving to Canada. This context has developed into a practice based around using western materiality, mainly oil paint, to evolve traditional eastern aesthetics. Some of Connie’s influences include traditional ink painting and calligraphy. She translates this into loose confident gestures, fluid brush marks and interest with black and white focused colour schemes. The newest works in her solo show Floating in the Flows incorporate materials such as pastels, spray paint and cutouts, continuing to push forward the realm of her painting and forcing unexpected moments to occur in the works.
Like many young artists, Connie looks toward the question, “ what is painting in this contemporary context?” and seeks to explore this question through the western eastern dialectic. The work takes on a conversation of contrasts, as thick and heavy black marks debate with white flat backgrounds, or negative space speaks against dense and deep impastos. Moments of emptiness are disrupted by motion and sketchy, swift gestures moving through the surface. This upheaval of colliding texture and painted surface enforce the conversed distinction of divided aesthetics which rebel and reconcile on the picture plane in an abstract space. The motion of the gestures, the continuation of flow and endless movement recall the Eastern aesthetic and produce dynamic images untethered to temporal limits. Contrasted against an abundance of texture, and sometimes viscerally satisfying applications of oil paints ground the paintings in a universal material abstraction, ambivalent to context and of a floating aesthetic. Kangi Connie Wang’s work is a compromise of pulling forces and a reflection of her ideologies, at their visual cores.
出生于中国并且接受了长达十九年的东方教育，后移居加拿大。2018年毕业于Emily Carr University of Art and Design。王康妮的成长背景促使她利用西方艺术技巧（油画为主）来延续东方传统美学。受到水墨画和书法的影响，王康妮的作品多以一种轻松从容的方式、流畅的笔触、以及黑和白之间的转换来展示她对中西方文化的理解。此次个展“Floating in the Flows”展示了她2018至2019年的最新作品，除了延续之前一贯的风格之外，还融合了许多新的技巧，诸如：粉彩、喷漆等材料。通过对不同媒介的不断尝试，推进她进入新的绘画领域，并创造出意料之外的视觉瞬间。
Connie Kangi Wang was born in 1992, Nanjing, China. Graduated from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. At the age of fifteen, she followed her family to Canada and moved to Vancouver. Instinctively, she is moving towards art. For her, it is a royal way to understand the culture and essence of a country. It is certainly to get even closer to the land that welcomed her that she became interested in the technique of oil painting. She has always fascinated by it. Through it, it seemed easier for her to embrace the philosophical issues of this other world represented by Canada.