无法 | 王易罡个展
Detached Abstract - Wang Yigang Solo Exhibition
21 May -18 June, 2017
空间站很荣幸的宣布将于2017 年5 月21 日至6 月18 日迎来“无法”王易罡个展。此次将展出鲁迅美术学院教授、美术馆馆长王易罡近年来的抽象系列作品。
表现主义是20 世纪初兴起于德国的艺术运动，强调艺术家的个性和主观情感、反对传统客观再现的现代艺术运动。大胆的色彩，强有力的笔触，放弃画面的和谐，追求夸张、变形、破坏……用任何适合的语言表现真实的内心情感，反映了一战前后德国和欧洲的社会问题和政治危机。1945 年第二次世界大战后，抽象表现主义（也称为纽约画派、行动画派）作为美国第一个艺术运动，结合了抽象和表现主义的共同特征，反对制造幻觉的具象绘画、反对传统的美学和逻辑，强调艺术中的自我表现和纯粹性观念，
但是，20 世纪80 年代抽象表现主义在中国的发展却失去了这种上下文的关系，王易罡的艺术创作正是开始于那个年代。西方的抽象艺术在借鉴”日本书道”等东方文化的同时继续向前发展。当时的中国刚刚经历文革，进入改革开放新的历史时期，抽象表现主义引进中国既切断了与西方历史传承，也与东方文化保持一种疏离的关系，可以说，这种借鉴只是从形式语言、绘画风格方面的借鉴，中国艺术家在精神气质、文明特征、社会人文背景方面都与西方存在明显的不同。抽象表现主义在中国的萌芽发展势必存在某种信息的丢失，文献的不完整，甚至某些错误的理解，但是这种“不完整”也为抽象表现主义在中国的发展带来了新的可能。
Detached Abstract: Wang Yigang Solo Exhibition
By Guo Fang
The Space Station is honored to announce that Detached Abstract: Wang Yigang Solo Exhibition will be held during May 21 - June 18, 2017. The
exhibition will display the abstract works created in recent years by Wang Yigang, who is a professor at Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, and the curator of
the affiliated art museum.
Expressionism, emphasizing the individuality and subjective perspective of artists, and opposing objective representation in modernist movement, was an art movement originated in Germany at the beginning of 20th Century. Expressionist artists, applying bold colors, and strong brushstrokes, relinquishing the harmony of the pictures, seeking for exaggeration, deformation, and destruction etc., expressed their emotions in any suitable language, which reflected the social and political crises of Germany and Europe before and after the First World War.
After the breaking of World War II, abstract expressionism (also known as the New York School, action painting), as the first American art movement, which combined expressionism with abstract, and which, by emphasizing self-expression and pure conception in art, opposed illusions made by figurative painting, and the traditional aesthetics and logic, found an echo in surrealism and abstract art school (such as Cubism, Futurism and the Bauhaus). Abstract expressionism is divided into expressive abstract (Jackson Pollock, Willem De Kooning) and color-field painting (Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman). The former, strongly and directly expressing emotions, works by applying the concept of surrealism unconsciousness, contingency, and automatism, while the latter inherited the mantle of cubism and abstractionism, using simple and uniform color to show the sympathy of inner feelings.
Wang’s creation springs from the study of abstract expressionism, but it is not a redevelopment of appropriation, for western abstract expressionism,
influenced by western philosophy, and the progress of science and technology at the time, has its profound historical origin; and human instinct was
recalled after the two World Wars’ devastation of civilization, abstract expressionism, therefore, was also influenced by Jung’s theory of the collective unconscious, which explained how this unconsciousness, implying the collective human memory, arouses a motive power to construct myth, philosophy, and science.
However, in the 1980s, the development of abstract expressionism in China lost those backgrounds. While Wang’s artistic creation began in that period, the abstract art in the West had its development by means of learning from oriental cultures, such as the “Japanese calligraphy.” At that time China just navigated its way through the Cultural Revolution, entering a new historical period of reform and opening-up. The introduction of abstract expressionism into China, maintained an alienated relationship to oriental culture, lost its historical heritage in the West. It might be said that those references are merely references in terms of the form of the language, painting style etc., for there are distinct differences between Chinese artists and western ones in qualities, humanity backgrounds, and characters of civilization.
There must be a loss of information in the sprout and development of Chinese abstract expressionism- incomplete literature, even some misunderstandings-but this kind of “incompleteness” might bring new possibilities for the development of abstract expressionism in China.
Abstract art, whose main concern is to use visual images to show the spirit, music, strength, relations, laws of nature and other things invisible, has now become an international language of painting. It has always been a challenge for artists to perform things unseen. As to the solution, people have been inclined to use abstract techniques before the formation of abstract art, such as telling fairy tales and spreading religious beliefs... Interestingly, most of these unrepresentable ideas will cross national boundaries and language barriers, allowing some artists to become masters of mixing the materials of
business science and pseudo-science in their creations.
Wang was immersed in two entirely different aesthetic worlds: the abstract expressionism spirit of Western art and the Zen spirit of Oriental art. He tried to create an abstract art form based on his own experiences, and adhered to the absolute independence in creation methods, and with “the hope to find orders in destruction” continued to face challenges from “negative” to “positive” and then to “negative.” Establishing or regenerating in criticism, the course of painting, for him, has actually become a part of the work. The artist must seek after more accurate expressions of technology and language of the inner world, meeting the necessity in accidental, criticizing the given order, and seek for a fitting point linking his spiritual world in the dialogue with the material world.
Academic artists in China are often apt to get into a rut of the systematic study of western classical aesthetics. Wang, instead, at the beginning of creation, realized that the utmost achievement his works might reach is to become an extra story, a Sinicized pattern of Western abstract expressionism, sprung from the Western abstract art if only to simply repeat the form, media, language and so on in western abstract expressionism. How China’s abstract art can base itself on the local cultural standpoint? How it can return to its own logic of the development of art history, and defend its own cultural identity? Wang, at the very beginning, chose the inherent aesthetic logic that rebels against the academic, and even sought new breakthroughs in some uncomfortable places, rather than fallen into the vortex of classical visual experience. Influenced by modern science and technology, expressionists have long ceased to believe that objective things persist in a fixed and complete state; and they wish to express the purely spiritual world in purely abstract artistic language.
There, in Wang’s recent works, can be found an intense energy tumbling in the strokes’ movement, surging poetically, or carrying a fierce turbulence, or suddenly self-sustained. He poured a lot of paints on the canvas, and savored the pain and pleasure of life and death in the struggle with the canvas, and experienced the creation and the meaning of life in the numerous smearing. His daily alterations would prove that life is still going on. These paintings evoke from one’s personal memory some special and strong fragments, the fragments of angry, cruelty, searching, and frustration, which brings us into a kind of being indifferent beside frank, real, and direct experiences. His paintings are sometimes aggressive, compelling, sometimes naughty and frank, revealed the nature of emotions. Art, for him, has been perceived in a process; and the instant feelings are filled with certain eternal meanings, which are the evidence of the existence of the individual and spirit.
The contest of art goes beyond national boundaries, styles, and languages. The problems that can the artworks immediately impress people, and infect people, making a deep impression, and bringing about innovations in aesthetic conceptions and techniques are problems artists have to face every day. Like Kazuo Shiraga’s understanding of abstract art in the spirit of Zen, Wang’s Detached Abstract paintings had fled from the narrative language and positivism world, which the logic of art history rarely mentioned: grand vision has no set design. His art is his life; and every minute of his feelings is engraved on his work, which is a real release and everlasting intoxication. The feeling of presence may be the ultimate motif that abstract expressionism art is to express.
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