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The Work of Yang Yongliang
LIMN gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Chinese artist Yang Yongliang.
Yang Yongliang is a young artist from Shanghai whose studies focused on traditional Chinese shui mo painting and calligraphy. Using a camera - the contemporary visual device chosen by many of his generation - he cleverly recreates "Cun", the main form of Chinese Shanshui paintings in order to reveal modern city life and details of current urban culture. Scenes of construction sites, large cranes, traffic signs and fly-overs, have all become critical elements in his artworks. Arranged in the traditional composition of Chinese landscape, These large scale photographs look like dreamy Shanshui paintings. But on closer viewing, they reveal themselves as shockingly modern city views. Yang perfectly handles the contradictions between ephemeral and permanent, vigorous and gentle, sparse and bold, beautiful and ugly to make an entirely poetical and harmonious work, yet the details are 'blots on the landscape'. He achieves a perfect balance between fragility and danger, beauty and cruelty, bringing the viewers not only visual enjoyment, but also the contemplation and self-examination of various social and cultural concerns. His newest series entitled Heavenly Cities comes with the Rise of the Phoenix legend in mind. Powerful clouds of dust shoot up in reach of the Heavens pointing out the recent infrastructure planning and the dislocation of millions of people in exchange for luxurious high rises, and malls. Yang Yongliang exhibits in China and Europe. This is his first solo show in the US. The artist will be present for the opening reception.