Artist Sang Huoyao’s solo exhibition “Affective-Imagoism Art” is currently on display at Long Museum West Bund through November 26.
Sang has been one of the nation’s most significant ink-wash painting artists over the past two decades.
Curated by Gregor Jansen, the exhibition features 52 works ranging from easel paintings, installations and collages to new media.
Sang pours his feelings into the contemporary aesthetic context.
The exhibition has four chapters: “The world opens up on a secluded spot,” “The universe leads to an enchanting view,” “The unity of heaven and human,” and “The perfection in everyone’s own free will.”
Several of the large pieces are closely integrated with the 12-meter-high exhibition hall in the museum.
Among them, the work “Deeply Believe” (638cm by 660cm) takes viewers into a black hole in the universe, evoking an awareness of time and space.
Born in 1963, Sang graduated from the department of traditional Chinese painting in China Academy of Art with a master’s degree.
He has been engaged in the creation of Chinese literati art for a long time.
Deeply familiar with the tradition of painting in the Song and Yuan dynasties (960-1368), especially the art of Mi Fu (1051-1107) and Ni Zan (1301-74), Sang tries to adhere to contemporary Chinese ink-wash painting while at the same time exploring the “internationalization” of ink painting since 1998.
He is noted for “Sang’s Square,” inspired by the symbols of hexagrams in the “Book of Changes” and Chinese characters. The form of square is rational and a kind of control, while the infiltration of ink is uncertain with some anti-control natural force, just like the outcome of a “cracked ice pattern” (冰裂) of porcelain after firing.
Within the square, the process of accumulating ink in a way of meditation shows the slice of time and space of life and the chaotic universe.
Date: Through November 26 (closed on Mondays), 10am-6pm
Venue: Long Museum West Bund
Address: 3398 Longteng Ave