A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...
There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...
Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...
The exhibition FLUX shows a series of works by the eminent artist and artistic director, Wang Huangsheng, who is versed in classical forms of ink, presenting a range of expressive paintings that exude a sense of expansive and creative energy.
Wang Huangsheng's series of ink paintings offer a dynamic flow of lines that move across space like a murmuration of starlings, forming a singular yet mass movement of constant harmonious rhythm. In a kind of extended form of abstract calligraphy, lines transform into squiggles and squiggles sometimes merge into denser formations of scribbles, then the scribbles become proactive non-writing or over-writing everyday political or financial events in the mundane ephemera of daily news. Beyond the scribbles, Wang creates further formations in objects made of materials such as xuan paper, metal, and piping. His wide-ranging sculptures and installations pull us away from the graphic and calligraphic into a deeper sense of materiality and spatial dimension.
In FLUX, Wang presents the world as holistically or immersively inscribed in poetic terms that can be interpreted also in the realm of physics as 'a fluid, radiant energy, or particles across a given area'. As a kind of continuum, it contains a sense of timelessness and seems to describe a balance of forces, as articulated in the earliest Chinese philosophy of Laozi's Dao De Jing. It also evokes experimental contemporary energy and a flow of movement inwards and outwards. Wang's exquisitely sensitive delicate works convey a rooted sense of being alongside a continuity of time as a constant, ever-shifting ‘presence’. With a deep connection to literary and philosophical traditions in which the human spirit is connected through brush and ink, Wang's body of work shown in FLUX encapsulates the current contemporaneity in ink practice.
Dr. Katie Hill has extensive experience in the field of contemporary Chinese art, and has been involved in exhibitions as a curator and researcher. She is the Programme Leader of Art of Asia and their Markets at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, as well as Deputy Principal Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (JCAA). Her recent work includes In Conversation with Ai Weiwei, Tate Modern; selector panel/author, Art of Change, New Directions from China, Hayward Gallery, London, and specialist advisor/author for The Chinese Art Book (Phaidon, 2013). Hill is Director of OCCA, Office of Contemporary Chinese Art, an art consultancy promoting Chinese artists in the UK.
by Katie Hill
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