Colorizing:Yang Yong's Clashing Gamuts – Seeking an Expression of the Will
Source:Artintern.net Author:Xu Zhenyu Date: 2013-11-26 Size:
There is a kind of watercolor painting where, between black and white, colorful oil finds a playground; these are not meaningless experiments. There are color schematics in which wildly different gamuts are brought clashing together; these are not silly games.

There is a kind of watercolor painting where, between black and white, colorful oil finds a playground; these are not meaningless experiments.  There are color schematics in which wildly different gamuts are brought clashing together; these are not silly games.  Both of these exist in Yang Yong's watercolors, and they come together beautifully.

The first time I saw Yang Yong's paintings, it was the color contrast that attracted me.  Frankness compels me to admit that this isn't a very smart way to start understanding a painting.  Landscapes have been one of the most common subjects in painting since ancient times, and I regard myself as picky enough that color gimmicks don't fool me.  Even so, when I saw Yang Yong's lined up and displayed, the way he spoke with his hues left me gasping with approval.  The emotional context of his modern watercolor landscapes doesn't simply stop at joy or appreciation; it dives headfirst into savoring the landscape.  It strips itself free of tradition and directly describes his experience, the significance he finds in the landscape.  And that boldness permeates every aspect of his work.

As the man who has to describes them, Yang Yong doesn't see landscapes as “common” all.  He uses splashes of color to give the objects in his paintings muscle, he uses flowing lines to create havens of calm, he uses the space between objects to craft sentiment.  The glaring aesthetic conflicts and clashes in his paintings each reflect his exquisite instantaneousness, and draw the profundity from his hollows of emptiness.  In form and content, his is an expression of the discovery of the human spirit, and inspiration to challenge the norms and ideals of art, both modern and historical.  He doesn't seek to perfect or embellish the standards of watercolor painting, nor does he seek to astound the world with new forms.  What he cares about is how he uses his bold, unique colors and style to explain the epoch we live in, and the singular way he experiences it.

Assiduous, bright, and stylish were my first impressions of this artist.  That he is a man who loves to pick through the information life gives him and pull out “objects of desire” is something I learned after getting to know him.  He's a man who enjoys aged liquor, who talks about collecting, who despises smoking.  I came to understand Yang Yong as an artist who functions within a meticulous Hegelsian philosophical context.  He jokingly says he doesn't want to belong to a “system”, and that he's not trying to create any scholarly “school” of art.  And to me, that's precisely what sets him apart in the sea of opinions among modern watercolor artists.  Artists shouldn't be wasting energy on how others see them.

“True refinement is expensive.”  I think the newness in Yang Yong's use of color comes from the sincerity of his desire to create.  I think the purity of his colors reflects his thought process.  The possibilities in different art media, and the art Yang Yong will produce in the future; both of these will be determined by how accurately his brush expresses his creative intentions.  And I, for one, am looking forward to seeing what comes next.


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