超越抽象 Beyond Abstraction

王易罡個展

WANG YIGANG Solo Exhibition


策展人 Curator : 劉素玉 Elaine Suyu Liu

王易罡是中國最早從事抽象藝術的藝術家之一,三十多年來,抽象藝術一直都是他批判和反思的利器,這是一條孤獨崎嶇的道路,尤其在保守封閉的環境之下。

八○年代初,當他還在魯迅美院就讀時,為了追求自主,表現個性,掙脫束縛,自發性學習西方現代主義,以對抗傳統的美術教育,經歷十年的自我探索,到了九○年代初,他又迎向表現主義,他一路學習,也一路破壞、一路揚棄,九○年代末,崛起於日、韓的物派藝術吸引他的注意,物派藝術家利用東方文化移轉西方現代藝術的成功,讓他反思東方文化,特別是禪宗,促使他把原始的抗爭變成自覺,而在自覺中,變成一種自我抗爭、自我批判,甚至是自我放棄,放棄傳統的繪畫方式,藉由身體的行走、動作,介入繪畫當中,每一件作品都是在行為過程之後所形成的結果,放棄的過程等於是一種參禪悟道。

從摸索學習、批判反思,到自覺自醒,王易罡建立了獨樹一格的藝術:超越抽象。

Wang Yigang is one of the earliest Chinese artists of his generation to engage in abstraction. For thirty years, abstraction has been his instrument of criticism and reflection, and has proven to be a lonely and difficult path, especially in the culturally conservative and sensitive atmosphere of contemporary China.

In the 1980s, as a student at Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, Wang began his pursue for individuality and self-expression, and adopted Western Modernism in retaliation against conservative art education. After ten years of experimentation with different styles, Wang favored German Expressionism by the early 1990s, which he studied, experimented, but ultimately rejected. By the late 1990s; however, Japanese Post-war art movements caught his attention, particularly Mono-ha and Gutai, which drew upon and expressed Eastern culture on the basis and success of Western Modernist modes. This prompted Wang to revisit Eastern culture, especially Buddhist Chan (Zen) philosophy, which redirected his struggle for individuality toward self-understanding. In this awakening, his internal struggle transformed from against the society to the self, and in self-criticism, he found an abandonment of all conventional painting practices and discovered new meaning purely in the movements of his body during the act of painting. In this way, every artwork became a record of his movements through space and time.

From experimentation, rejection, to self-awareness, Wang Yigang’s art transcends the painterly image, rejects all conventional practices, and ultimately goes Beyond Abstraction.

展期 Exhibition Dates : 2018.5.5-6.2
酒會 Reception : 2018.5.5 Sat. 3:00 pm