Zeyang Wang | Tomorrow’s Mythologies |May 12, 7-9 pm
Opening Reception: Friday, May 12, 7-9pm
Full day Exhibition: May 12 – 23, 2017
Curated by Yanhan Peng, with Poché Arts
You are invited to join us on Friday evening for the Opening Reception of Zeyang Wang’s solo exhibition, Tomorrow’s Mythologies. The reception will take place from 7-9pm, at Cloud Gallery’s Lower Manhattan space. The exhibition will open to the public on May 12, and on view through May 23.
Art and art exhibition is often associated with a journey of sensibility and expressive language. When people are introduced with Zeyang Wang’s work, it contains several ambitious elements that provoke them with the desire to continue looking: a complete storyline, varied tones of color and well-lit subject and landscape, etc. After the originality of painting was challenged by the legitimacy of mechanical reproduction in art, at now, it is not often to see the aura of landscape and portrait oil painting in digital photo works, and to question this seemingly counter-historical move of the artist is where our journey begins.
Photos and images are man-made product. Each of them exhibited here reflect the way the artist seeing things, and the subtle implications from his consciousness. Studying Chemical Engineering in college, Zeyang Wang has the ability to create an image by scientifically connecting tens of thousands of pixels, like an engineer working in his latest experiment. Looking into the themes of his works, the series “Girl with a Hat” are illuminated by portraits from the Baroque age; Many of his most recent photos are inspired by Greek mythologies often seen in Renaissance art, featuring stories about princes, deities and sacrifices. These works exhibit how the artist uses digital technology, as well as a humanistic viewpoint, to revisit the history and elegance of the classical traditions in painting.
Zeyang Wang, Divine, 2016, Fine art print, 30×20 inches, Image courtesy of the artist
As the storyteller, these works of his have created carefully staged scenes and backgrounds, different layers of meanings and space being well-tuned like a piece of symphony. His latest work “Evolution” uses a gray blue color tone to present the mist and shadow of the forest, in which the human figure emphasizes her existence in an unexpected gesture. Similar explorations of relationship between man, deity and nature are often-seen in his works. In another work “Doranissa”, the artist write a story about the resurrection of a prince and his love history with the guardian of sunflower. In fact, mythologies are generally accepted as the ultimate form of classical oil painting. These works once again represent scenes of mountains, the wilderness, and relics and monuments from old-time city-states.
“Girl with a Hat” is a lasting photo project of Zeyang Wang, through with he explores a wide variety of textures and lighting techniques. The fascination on light and its relationship with the human characters, reveals the wish to testify his idea of art within a broader social and historical context. For him, the preference of classicism over the modern is nothing about form, genre or what’s trendy. He uses the distanced idealism in the classics and how it has been forgotten by today’s world , to remind people of those “dated, but not obsolete” narratives. In “Sand of Time”, once again, he used female character as the center of interpretation, representing how we recognize the particles of time, and how it is related to our knowledge of the nature of existence. He thus proposes a new way of thinking toward time, through a visual form that delineates the misty uncertainty between memory, present and the near future.