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Yang Qiong graduated from Sculpture Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts with a bachelor's degree in 2009. He graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London (UAL) with a master's degree in 2011. He currently works and lives in Beijing.Read More
Yang Qiong's early works were clean and pure. He used synthetic materials like acrylic and ABS plastic to present a smooth and even texture. The shapes of his works are mostly distilled from daily life. Common objects like spindles and skin folds inspired sculptures like Distance, Island, Tiny and works from the same period.
In the following solo exhibition The Pond in 2013, Yang Qiong's works take antique home appliances (porcelain, furniture, statues and the like) as material, weave metaphorical images of 'abandoned objects' and 'empty pool' into the plot, express a state of nihility of existence, and stimulate the audience to muse and realize the relationship between 'the past' and 'the present that will soon become the past'. Broken porcelain pieces, shattered pottery figurines, wooden furniture remnants and new materials are resurrected in artists' sculptures.
While borrowing cyber language, the 2016 solo exhibition Ice Hole (Pronounced as Shen Jing Bing, which is a homonym of 'psycho'), persisted the artistic practice of traditional aesthetics and culture, and also takes the old folk objects as its creation basis.
As a rising young artist, Yang Qiong's understanding of the nation, culture and times can be seen in his works. As the contemporaneity focuses on the 'ego', he is both humbled and proud of the abstruseness, the subtlety, the restraint and the reticence of traditional Chinese culture. Yang Qiong strived to 'Bring traditional values back again' through his creations, which in turn showed his musing of the contemporaneity of Chinese tradition.
Text courtesy Aye Gallery.
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