Diversity for Peace!
Venue: The Procuratie Vecchie 139-153,
San Marco Square: ground floor and first floor
Period: May 8 – Nov. 24, 2019
Opening reception: from 1pm, May 7, 2019
Exhibition hosted by Karuizawa New Art Museum, Venice Branch
Yang Yongliang (China)
Born in 1980 in Shanghai, Yang Yongliang graduated from China Academy of Art in 2003 majored in visual communication. He started his experiments with contemporary art in 2005, including various medias such as photography, painting, video and installation. Yang Yongliang exploits a connection between tradition and contemporary, implementing ancient oriental aesthetics and literati beliefs with modern language and digital techniques. His work as an expanding meta-narrative that draws from history, myth and social culture plays out in the context of city and its ever-changing landscapes. He is known for using architectural images as brushstrokes; heavy mountain rocks with enriched details draw a faithful reference to Song Dynasty’s landscape painting. Urban development gives prosperity to city life although it imprisons many lives on the other side of the coin. Similarly, centuries-old cultural tradition in China has dignified profoundness, but it is always fraught with stagnation. Ancient Chinese people painted landscape in admiration of magnificent nature, Yang’s works meanwhile lead us towards critical re-consideration on contemporary reality. In terms of media and contents, a strong sense of post-modernism is coexisted with a traditional aesthetics. His works are collected by prominent public institutes like British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The artist lives in Shanghai and New York.