Artists: Fang Zhiyong, Ge Ziyu, Yu Yang, Zhang Wei
Duration: Jul. 1st 2017 – Aug. 22nd 2017
Opening: 4pm, Saturday, Jul. 1st
Abstract painting was originated in the United States after the Second World War, and became popular in the 60s, the richness of the formal language and style genre deserved in-depth excavation, exploration and research. Different from figurative paintings, they abandon the narrative theme and the concrete image, with the pure visual pleasure in the picture, the psychological experience presents the artist’s unique individual symbols and their infinite exploration of aesthetics. Today, when Chinese artists practice abstract paintings, they naturally reveal the oriental aesthetic elements and traditional Chinese philosophical thinking, this is when abstract art with oriental cultural background was born.
This time, EGG Gallery will present abstract paintings from four potential artists.
Fang Zhiyong exhibits the series of six paintings ”Wandering Soul” which is one of his Three Chapter Ink series “Kaiyuan”, ”Wandering Soul” and “Soul Call”. In his paintings, the ink turns into spirit, the gold is taken as the momentum of the soul, with the shape of foil, appears to a wondering state. This work is inspired by the concept of Chinese ancient literature “Interpretation in the Book of Change”: “refined spirit as things, wandering soul as changes”. In the traditional oriental culture, soul is the spirit of things.
The use of scraps is a common practice for Yu Yang, this corporates and merges with his ink strokes and reflects his interest in the possibilities of collapsing the order of painting, considering the flexible correlation between natural order and artificial order. Rearranging the relationship between space and evenness by the rate of calmness. The combination of various elements fully demonstrates the free expression of ink and color in random allocation as well as strict geometric order.
For Ge Ziyu, the process of creating is a spiritual practice, he is obsessed with the pure language of art, exploring the boundaries of space and planar dimensions. He tries to overcome the boundaries of the ambiguous infinite physical and virtual spaces by investigating the laws of colors.
As Zhang Wei’s mentor, Chen Wenji said: his works is a rational and rigorous connotation. It is his nature which made his work full of personal energy. Sensitive and self-conscious, as well as the absolute concentration in his own art world: all of this will lead us to experience the refined spirit emanated from the artist’s delicate inner world through the appearances of the works.