SOLO EXHIBITION

LIFELINES

SOLO EXHIBITION
Artist: Wang Huangsheng
3 – 12.09/2019
HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, 5/F, PAO GALLERIES

‘“Lifeline” is a term in English that implies the saving of life when one is in urgent need of help and the connotation of rescue is here intended culturally, as a metaphor for Wang’s lines as cultural thread, just as the trunk of a tree steadily grows upwards, supporting all the branches, his lines form the key element throughout his oeuvre.’ – Katie Hill, Curator

Hong Kong – 3812 Gallery is honoured to present a solo exhibition by renowned Chinese artist Wang Huangsheng, marking his debut show in Hong Kong. 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, Founder and Programme Director of the MA in Modern and Contemporary Asian Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London.

Katie Hill, the curator, comments: ‘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.’ From brush and ink as the principal medium, to textile, resin, newspaper, barbed wire and installation video, Wang continually expands his visual language. He dips cotton gauze in red and makes rubbings on paper, wraps barbed wire with gauze and squeezes sharp-edged wires through glass tubes which scatter into fragments. His action and works resulting from it respond to social issues such as wars and quasiwars, conflict and quasi-conflict, regional and global, left and right, poverty and disease, economy and crisis, along with the hurt, uneasiness, anxiety, pain and turbulence caused. As Hill says, ‘Indeed, ink is now no longer a medium but an important and complex discourse in art stemming from the expansion of its creative potential, spilling out into film, animation, performance, multi-media and installation.’

Calvin Hui, Co-founder and Artistic Director of 3812 Gallery states, ‘The use of lines is one of the major characteristics of traditional Chinese paintings. Wang Huangsheng, born into a family in which his father was a painter and calligrapher of the Literati movement, has received formal training in Chinese painting. He re-interprets lines in a contemporary way, developing an abstract yet strong style with a foothold in tradition. Wang bridges “cultivation” in Chinese traditions and “freedom” in contemporary culture, perfectly in line with 3812’s core values.’

Hui continues: ‘Through this exhibition, we hope to bring audiences into Wang’s art world full of fluid and unrestrained lines.’

Artwork

Wang Huangsheng 王璜生, Blank Shape 2015005 空象2015005, Colour rubbing on paper, 紙本設色拓印, 69 x 69 cm, 2015

Wang Huangsheng 王璜生, Blank Shape 2015008 空象2015008, Colour rubbing on paper, 紙本設色拓印, 69 x 69 cm, 2015

Wang Huangsheng 王璜生, Blank Shape 2015007 空象2015007, Colour rubbing on paper, 紙本設色拓印, 69 x 69 cm, 2015

Wang Huangsheng 王璜生, Blank Shape 2015006 空象2015006, Colour rubbing on paper, 紙本設色拓印, 69 x 69 cm, 2015

Wang Huangsheng 王璜生, Metaphor Vision 181224 箴象181224, Colour rubbing on paper, 紙本設色拓印, 90x98cm, 2018

Wang Huangsheng 王璜生, The Wall 180520 牆 180520, Ink rubbing on paper, 紙本水墨拓印, 70 x 115 cm, 2018

Wang Huangsheng 王璜生, The Wall 180518 牆 180518, Ink rubbing on paper, 紙本水墨拓印, 70x115cm, 2018

Wang Huangsheng 王璜生, Metaphor Vision 2014 箴象2014, Colour rubbing on paper, 紙本設色拓印, 180x198cm, 2014

Wang Huangsheng 王璜生, Tracing Vision 171125 痕·象 171125, Ink rubbing on paper, 紙上水墨, 69 x 69 cm, 2017

Wang Huangsheng 王璜生, Tracing Vision 171122 痕·象 171122, Ink rubbing on paper, 紙上水墨, 65 x 70 cm, 2017

Wang Huangsheng 王璜生, Tracing Vision 171120 痕·象 171120, Ink rubbing on paper, 紙上水墨, 65x70cm, 2017

Wang Huangsheng王璜生_Tracing Vision 171026 痕·象 171026_Ink rubbing on paper紙上水墨_70x69cm_2017

Wang Huangsheng王璜生_Tracing Vision 171020 痕·象 171020_Ink rubbing on paper紙上水墨_67x69cm_2017

Wang Huangsheng 王璜生, Tracing Vision 161005 痕·象 161015, Ink rubbing on paper, 紙本水墨拓印, 124 x 120 cm, 2016

Wang Huangsheng王璜生_Tracing Vision 160925 痕·象 160925_Ink rubbing on paper紙本水墨拓印_124X120cm_2016

Wang Huangsheng 王璜生, Moving Visions 140503 游象系列 140503, Chinese ink on paper, 紙本水墨, 140 x 200 cm, 2014

Wang Huangsheng 王璜生, Moving Visions 140429 游象系列 140429, Chinese ink on paper, 紙本水墨, 140 x 140 cm, 2014

Wang Huangsheng 王璜生, Moving Vision Neither Dying or Being 游象:不生不滅, Ink on paper, 紙本水墨, 69 x 110 cm, 2017

Wang Huangsheng 王璜生, Moving Vision Heart Sutra 游象:心經2018元旦, Ink on paper, 紙本水墨, 69 x 138 cm, 2018

Wang Huangsheng 王璜生, Moving Vision Avalokitesvara 游象:觀自在, Ink on paper, 紙本水墨, 69 x 138 cm, 2017

Wang Huangsheng 王璜生, Moving Vision 150408 遊·象150408, Chinese ink on paper, 紙本水墨, 70 x 140 cm, 2015

Wang Huangsheng 王璜生, Daily-Practice, the Prose Poctrics 181224 日課·雜詞181224, Ink on paper, 紙本水墨, 248 x 62 cm, 2018

Wang Huangsheng 王璜生, Daily-Practice, the Prose Poctrics 181223 日課·雜詞181223, Ink on paper, 紙本水墨, 248 x 62 cm, 2018

Wang Huangsheng 王璜生, Daily-Practice, the Prose Poctrics 181222 日課·雜詞181222, Ink on paper, 紙本水墨, 248 x 62 cm, 2018

Wang Huangsheng 王璜生, Daily-Practice, the Prose Poctrics 181220 日課·雜詞181220, Ink on paper, 紙本水墨, 248 x 62 cm, 2018

Wang Huangsheng 王璜生, Daily-Practice, the Prose Poctrics 181219 日課·雜詞181219, Ink on paper, 紙本水墨, 54 x 69 cm, 2018

Wang Huangsheng 王璜生, Daily-Practice, the Prose Poetries 181130 日課·雜詞181130, Ink on paper, 紙本水墨, 248 x 496 cm, 2018

Wang Huangsheng 王璜生, The Wall 171016 牆 171016, Ink rubbing on paper, 紙本水墨拓印, 180 x 98 cm, 2017

Opening Reception

Exhibition Photo