"Against the Current" Gao Yang Solo Exhibition
City: Guangzhou
Curator: Qi Zhe、Kelvin Huang
Duration: 2017-05-13 ~ 2017-06-19
Venue: Kui Yuan Gallery
Address: No.9, Xuguyuan Road,Yuexiu District, Guangzhou
Host(s): Kui Yuan Gallery

Artist:Gao Yang

Foreword

Against the Current

Creating art can be a cruel thing.

The artist has to establish a close connection with the world, through which to keenly perceive nature and society; meanwhile, the artist must confront the process of creating art alone, including all the challenges, aggressions, and oppositions. Passion and calmness are both important traits in art practices, yet in the end, with no talent, works would be mediocre, boring, and not worth of mentioning.

Real artists are not cultivated from trainings. They are born artists, chosen by destiny. Their works do not gradually acquire maturing states, and instead they are suddenly furnished with bright brilliance. Self-refinement is vital way of artistic pursuit deep beneath the surface.

This collection of works is extremely intense as if Gao Yang has the heart ripped out of his chest, shown his beating heart with thick red blood pouring out. These pieces have demonstrated Gao Yang’s almost primal instincts, so alive and powerful, with no disguise. Gao Yang has never expected everyone to understand himself. He uses his own eyes to see, speaks in his own language, and portray in the most direct way. He well understands that, the more simple the compositions and forms are, the more clear his spiritual direction is, and thus results in more thorough visual and spiritual effects for the viewers. He freely adopts oil or ink for materials, creates with three-dimensional forms or two-dimensional surface, and even plays with readymades and other modeling materials. In all works shown in this exhibition, Gao Yang’s artistic vibe is presented everywhere.

I admire Gao Yang’s sensitive mind and free spirit, qualities of which he humbly cherishes, as of every artistic moments come naturally at ease.

Gao Yang is a unique case, one that is very difficult to replicate, for his accomplishments as well as limitations have reveal important lessons for all of us in the art world today.

Qi Zhe

Professor of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts

2017.4.17


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