ON “THE DIARY OF TIME”
Source:Artintern.net Author:Rosanna Ossola Date: 2012-05-08 Size:
"The Diary of Time" is a traveling exhibition in Europe showcasing Mr. Gao Yang’s artworks. This one-year tour of exhibits, starting from Florence on February 11, 2010, will be displayed in Rome, Italy, Paris, France, Zurich, Switzerland and other European, 5 cites in total.


"The Diary of Time" is a traveling exhibition in Europe showcasing Mr. Gao Yang’s artworks. This one-year tour of exhibits, starting from Florence on February 11, 2010, will be displayed in Rome, Italy, Paris, France, Zurich, Switzerland and other European, 5 cites in total.

If an artist lives for art, he dodges or even abandons all the vulgar trifles unrelated to art. This is a consecrated group of artists, to whom Mr. Gao Yang belongs. Surely, he is not the only one, for I have met similar artists in Florence, but it is now rare to see such people who are willing to martyr themselves for art.

I often tour around the world, yet I feel blessed to live in Florence. It is a place with a strong artistic tradition and shrouded with artistic atmosphere, where every artist faces his own challenge with a unique soul different from others. They have mastered such rational methods featuring accuracy and orderliness in forging their body and spirit with art.

Mr. Gao Yang employs the accumulated energy from "the blood of a brave wild buffalo" to face his own art world. I was deeply moved when I saw this sentence in Gao Yang’s album commented by Mr. Shimago[S1] , who is a famous poet and critic, because it is the correct description of the obstinate artist facing his canvas every day.

Day after day and year after year, What Mr. Gao Yang needs is to keep on the way he has chosen, in fact he is completely absorbed into the way, he has painted all traces of his change, his growth and his maturity onto the canvas.

With an energy, this "wild buffalo” whoops out his anger, argument and anxiety in a way different from ordinary artists, or shows off his pride for the energy. With this energy, he persists in disobeying himself: after examining and researching in his internal world, he found himself an adult, and in turn he challenged his adult status and made himself a pure and sweet child again.

Playing with "something” and making them in agreement by selecting them with meticulous care according to colors and forms. Is he playing a game? Very possible! Other artists have also played similar games as kids played, always!

When Mr. Gao Yang began playing this game, he found the outcomes—his artworks, are mature. After being rewarded, recognized and considered a man of art, he was more than determined to follow his own artistic consciousness. In this respect, as proven by the art history, a “true artist" comes into being only in this way.

Only when an artist takes a step back can he find himself free and pure again and can he begin a genuine dialogue with himself. Mr. Gao Yang has developed this attitude in the formation of a personal style labeled as “synthetic material” from an academic painter: a genre constantly denies one’s achievement of today for better achievement tomorrow! As the saying goes: one step backward for two steps forward!

Mr. Gao Yang began to keep a close “contact” with his daily life and the history he experienced in his "synthetic material" period in which he developed his way to discover. The gain and accumulation of everyday experience has become part of his exclusive history that is always a counterpart for his dialogue and that is always a place to understand himself deeper in his inner heart. The soul returning to the esoteric game-playing and nature will explain us what we are and where we are, which will enlighten us to a rational thinking.

[S1]岛子的译文。

[Editor] 马西

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