Platform China is excited to present “Examining Objects”, a solo exhibition of new works by Song Yuanyuan.
In a departure from his experimentation with non-traditional canvas stretching and framing techniques, Song Yuanyuan continues to examine objects within the confines of a traditional oil painting format. Depicted in spaces awkwardly ambiguous whether they are in the process of construction or destruction, there is a certain discord between the objects that challenges the viewer to reconsider a multitude of relationships: the relationships between the objects, the objects and the painting, the objects and the viewer, and the viewer and the painting. The idea the object is broken down, disregarded, and newly approached with no preconceived notions about what an object is or what it should be, extending the examination to concepts of space, people, existence through implication, and the painting themselves. The artist’s use of text in some of the works, appearing sometimes as blunt statements of what the objects are, sometimes as a more personal commentary, exists in a an obscure space between providing insight and disrupting the viewer’s perception of the work.