Pékin Fine Arts:
Huang Zhiyang (b. 1965 Taipei), Peripheral Vision, Solo Exhibition
February 21 - April 30, 2009
<Peripheral Vision>, Huang Zhiyang's 2nd solo exhibit at Pékin Fine Arts, fills all three main exhibit spaces with new works. The two front spaces present a black-white, dark-light contrast. On one side, Huang's "Three Marks" ink-wash painting installation, pale white and elegantly simple. "Three Marks" uses an infinite variety of fine ink brush strokes to illustrate Huang's somewhat Dao-ist belief in an underlying life force or independent spirit in all things, whether organic or inorganic, including his artwork.
Across the hall, near total darkness surrounds Huang's "Gilt Cocoons" installation, in which the same brush strokes of the "Three Marks" ink-wash paintings are now rendered in 3-dimensional forms. In the black space, eighteen "Three Marks" brush strokes of varying sizes are exhibited, each one as a gold leaf bronze sculpture, atop an enormous base of silently moving LED- lit red-letter displays.
Huang believes in the perpetual motion of a fundamental life force within all matter, whether animal, vegetable or mineral. This perpetual energy is all around us: Whether in the movement of microorganisms, the transmission of electronic signals, or the unspoken thoughts and silent breathing of human beings. The "Gilt Cocoons" installation, with its constantly shifting red script base, presents a sense of contemporary life-force rendered visible, using LED lighting within an uncomfortably pitch-black space.
Huang's painting and sculpture works on exhibit in the 3rd exhibit space to the north of our garden continue this theme with "Auspicious Beast" sculptures that are neither animal nor vegetable, but some new species of Huang's creation, naturally born from both. His "Dreamscape" massive abstract color paintings use traditional mineral pigment paints layered with ink wash to illustrate the mass of activity and unseen energy that exists just below the surface of every-day existence.
February 27, 2009