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58th Venice Biennale: May You Live In Interesting Times Ocula Report 58th Venice Biennale: May You Live In Interesting Times 24 May 2019 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

The 58th Venice Biennale, May You Live In Interesting Times (11 May–24 November 2019), certainly benefitted from low expectations, given the lacklustre curatorial of the previous edition, when different segments of the show were conceptually framed with titles like 'Pavilion of Joys and Fears' and 'Pavilion of Colours'. Add to this the...

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Zheng Bo Ocula Conversation Zheng Bo

Hong Kong-based artist Zheng Bo's social, ecological, and community-engaged art practice has, in recent years, focused on moving beyond a human-centred perspective to an all-inclusive, multi-species approach. He takes up marginalised plants and communities of people as subjects in his large-scale interventions, which reintroduce wildness into...

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Auckland Art Fair 2019: Conversations Extended Ocula Report Auckland Art Fair 2019: Conversations Extended 24 May 2019 : Sherry Paik for Ocula

The weather was clement for the annual Auckland Art Fair (2–5 May 2019), which was again at The Cloud on Queens Wharf. This year's edition was a get-together of 41 galleries, mostly from around Auckland and across New Zealand, with 5 spaces hailing from Sydney and the rest from Cook Islands (Bergman Gallery), Hobart (Michael Bugelli Gallery),...

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Wei Ligang

b. 1964, China

Wei Ligang, whose traditional moniker is ‘Owner of Er’yu Hall’, was born in Datong City in Shanxi Province. Although he entered the mathematics department of Nankai University in 1981, he pursued a budding interest in calligraphy, seal cutting and painting in his free time and began his studies of calligraphy under the renowned Li Henian in the same year. He is now living and working as a free artist in Beijing and is considered one of the most important figures in promoting contemporary Chinese calligraphy.

Since the mid-1980s, Wei has been studying and creating modern calligraphy. During this time he has attempted to develop a systematic revolution within the field of calligraphy in order to explore a new possibility of ink brush creation.

Wei’s works can be classified into three sets. The first set takes the style of modern calligraphy with a freehand foundation and adapts traditional rules inside calligraphy creation. This style mixes conventional strokes with painting ideas, whilst at the same time inheriting the spirit of the modern Japanese calligraphic school, in trying to delineate the border between abstract and concrete. The second set utilizes experimental ink applied in the abstract form, mixed with new materials like lacquer and propylene, with the aim to build a bridge between Chinese and Western paintings. The third he himself calls Wei’s Works as they are the overall result of his exploration into Chinese characters.

Generally speaking, although his works display some characteristics of Western modern art forms and ideas, their most vital features are again threefold: their unreserved focus on Chinese characters, the structure of the characters and the significance placed on the strokes themselves as opposed to the representative aspect of the picture. In all his works we can sense these features, consciously or otherwise.

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Featured Artworks

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万物察 by Wei Ligang contemporary artwork Wei Ligang万物察, 2018 Acrylic and ink on canvas
250 x 150 cm
Gajah Gallery
Blue and White Plum Blossoms by Wei Ligang contemporary artwork Wei LigangBlue and White Plum Blossoms, 2018 Chinese ink & acrylic on rice paper
96 x 180 cm
Alisan Fine Arts
Peacock - Emerald Green Cloud by Wei Ligang contemporary artwork Wei LigangPeacock - Emerald Green Cloud, 2017 Chinese ink & acrylic on rice paper
180 x 96 cm
Alisan Fine Arts
Tea Ceremony in the Nature by Wei Ligang contemporary artwork Wei LigangTea Ceremony in the Nature, 2012 Chinese ink and acrylic on ricepaper
96 x 180 cm
Alisan Fine Arts
Qing Hai Zhan Yun by Wei Ligang contemporary artwork Wei LigangQing Hai Zhan Yun, 2005 Chinese ink and colour on paper
360 x 96 cm
Alisan Fine Arts
The Empty Palace by Wei Ligang contemporary artwork Wei LigangThe Empty Palace, 2017 Acrylic and Oil on Bronze
100 x 170 cm
Gajah Gallery
Indigo Creek Echoes in the Valley by Wei Ligang contemporary artwork Wei LigangIndigo Creek Echoes in the Valley, 2017 Ink and Acrylic on Xuan Paper
180 x 97 cm
Gajah Gallery
The Impression of Merapi (Merapi 印象) by Wei Ligang contemporary artwork Wei LigangThe Impression of Merapi (Merapi 印象), 2017 Chinese Ink, oil paint on canvas
200 x 199 cm
Gajah Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, MONUMENTA: In Lightness at Gajah Gallery, Singapore
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23 January–10 February 2019 Group exhibition MONUMENTA: In Lightness Gajah Gallery, Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, The Voice of the Brush – Part II at Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
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8 August–19 September 2018 Group Exhibition The Voice of the Brush – Part II Alisan Fine Arts, Central, Hong Kong

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