Chinese artist Wang Huangsheng will be hosting a solo exhibition, titled “Lifelines,” at Hong Kong’s Pao Galleries starting September 3. Curated by Dr. Katie Hill, Founder and Program Director of the MA in Modern and Contemporary Asian Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, “Lifelines” represents Wang’s artistic practice over the years.
The exhibition will showcase the artist’s new series of calligraphic works, “Daily-Practice, the Prose Poetries,” which the artist explains “is a way for the Chinese to cultivate cultures. We would waste thousands of paper sheets just for practicing calligraphy, but poetry writings are more like playing a game of expressing emotions.” Wang rewrote classical poetry he had created as a youth in the ’70s, while infusing colors into cursive script. The result is a combination of painting and calligraphy in which vibrant colors embody emotions and moods, blending together with water and ink on Xuan paper.
Katie Hill comments on the artwork included in the exhibition: “Over the years, in his expansive ink practice, Wang’s pursuit of line has departed from a more classical mode in his earlier works to a more experimental abstraction that take various forms – from dense clusters of curvaceous lines lightly swooping in and out to express a sense of uninterrupted movement in space.”
Wang’s visual language has continued to expand, going beyond his recognizable line paintings to experiment with textile, resin, newspaper, barbed wire and installation video. He squeezes wires through glass tubes which shatter into fragments; he dips cotton gauze into red paint to make rubbings on paper. His actions and works respond to social issues, such as wars, poverty and disease and regional and global conflicts.
View a selection of Wang’s artwork for the exhibition in the gallery above. “Lifelines” will be on view from September 3 to 12 at Pao Galleries in Hong Kong.
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3812 Gallery is honoured to present a solo exhibition by renowned Chinese artist Wang Huangsheng. Entitled "Lifelines", the exhibition is on view from 3 to 12 September 2019 in Pao Galleries, 5/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre. • As an important member of the art world whose roles have navigated being a museum director (currently as Chief Director of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art Museum and previously as Director of Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum from 2009 to 2017), as well as a founder of large-scale art events such as Guangzhou Triennial and Beijing Photo Biennale, Wang’s artistic practice over the years can indeed be understood as a lifeline. The exhibition is curated by Dr. Katie Hill, Programme Leader of Art of Asia and their Markets at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. • #WangHuangsheng #Lifelines @hongkongartscentre @3812gallery