Wang Yiqiong——To “Use” To Do Art Ye Xiangming
Source:artintern Author:Ye Xiangming Date: 2014-10-23 Size:
In Wang Yiqiong’s art works we can see various kinds of materials and ways he used in doing them. We can call him an ‘all-around artist’ as he can use different art languages and styles to conduct a piece of work...

In Wang Yiqiong’s art works we can see various kinds of materials and ways he used in doing them. We can call him an ‘all-around artist’ as he can use different art languages and styles to conduct a piece of work. And there may not be many ‘all-around artists’ in China.

Woodcut printing and calligraphy are Wang’s main direction in art. However, more people know about his woodcut works than his calligraphy, and Wang seldom shows people his talent in calligraphy. He said he regards calligraphy as one way to practice and improve himself and would not become a calligrapher. In his recent works ‘Do Not Say Sorry If You Ever Loved Me’, which is included in Using Ink and Brush, his outstanding skills in doing calligraphy were shown to people.

To do the Using Ink and Brush becomes the reason why he begins to do art works with Chinese ink. And this kind of ‘using’ can be seen in all his works.

For example, he used woodcut printing to do the ‘Chinese Lover’; he used photography to do the ‘Silent Garden’series; he used charcoal to decorate the ‘Wisdom Tree’ and also use it to draw the ‘Little Pine Trees in Songzhuang’; he used the materials he collected in demolished areas to do the work ‘Ruins’; and he used Wechat to create Shi Mo and ‘A Little More Trust’.

Moreover, Wang gathered many smokers and used their cigarette smoke to conduct the interactive work ‘Smoke’, and then this work turned in to the interactive art installation ‘1 ㎡ Smoking Room’, which is concerned with the living condition and environment of human being. He also used the fingerprints of volunteers to do the work ‘Sign It’ which reveals his thinking about people’s names and his skill in seal cutting. In ‘Tian Xia’ he used water to do calligraphy. He also used the hat shaped like the horn as the decoration and did the photography work in which people all wear the hat.

Also, he used his observation of the rose for seventeen days to do the ‘Rose and Seventeen Days Exhibition’; he used his concern for the catkin to do the work ‘Catkin’; he used his conservation with the ‘Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains’ to do the mobilizing image work ‘Wang Yiqiong + Huang Gongwang’; He used the source code to the concept work ‘Document’ which includes his prediction for the life.

The word ‘using’ has become the key word in Wang’s work. In his work he thinks about different ways to reveal the culture, art and experience in China and other countries, or in the past or in nowadays. All the art masters are ‘users’. Their ‘using’ shows their thinking, talent, and wisdom.

Wang Yiqiong said that contemporary artists will be tested on all aspects. Their work will only be one part of what they should do. Their work should reveal the artists’ interpretation of the whole society to be meaningful.

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[Editor] 刘建兰

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