Yau Wing Fung: All’s well, ends well.
|When||13 Sep 2019 - 29 Nov 2019|
|Where||Fu Qiumeng Fine Art
65 E 80th St
New York, NY 10075
Opening: September 13, 6–8pm
Artist tour: September 14, 4–5pm
Fu Qiumeng Fine Art is pleased to announce the debut solo exhibition in the US of works by Chinese artist Yau Wing Fung (b. 1990) All’s well, ends well. Yau works across a range of genres and mediums, including traditional and contemporary ink painting, calligraphy, and installation. Yau’s recent paintings combine traditional aesthetics and a contemporary sensibility by mobilizing the vocabulary of classical landscape painting as well as the aerial view of satellite image. In Yau’s installations, he explored the spatial relationship between viewer and representation of landscape by reconstructing painting frames.
Yau is especially interested in new aesthetic possibilities brought about by technology. A direct reference for Yau is satellite image, especially those used for recording weather changes and geographic information. A satellite often produces a sequence of images when photographing a large area or recording changes over a period of time. The interpretation of this congregate of information involves the reading of the general layout, as well as analysis of the convergences and variations between different images. By appropriating the format of satellite images, Yau gestured towards a similar viewership. Viewers are likely to constantly shift their attention between individual parts and the whole composition, between the reading of consecutive grids and the sight of a landscape.
Yau’s works reframe the idea of guan and yuan through a contemporary lens. Guan refers to a contemplative way of looking that involves viewers’ imagination of a space that expands outside the picture frame. Yuan inspires people to look beyond the visible and finite towards the boundless and infinite. “Guan represents my inner sensibility and feeling when I encounter an object; yuan encapsulates my spiritual pursuit when I paint,” Yau wrote. His works offer new expressions of guan and yuan by reconfiguring perspective, pictorial depth, the balance between emptiness and solidness, and surface texture.
Unlike the appreciation of traditional paintings, time does not flow linearly in the viewing of Yau’s works. The grids set up a rhythm similar to the automatic movement of a machine. They reconfigure the picture plane into uniform and countable segments, around which people structure their viewing experience. This aspect of Yau’s paintings responds to the contemporary visuality deeply entrenched by technological developments. It poses the thorny problem of how human beings approach nature in an era when the intermediation of man-made devices has become unavoidable.
Yau Wing Fung (b. 1990, Hong Kong) received his master’s degree in Fine Arts and bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (First Class Honours) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He now lives and works in Hong Kong.
Image: Yau Wing Fung, Riding Mist X 驾雾 10, 2019 Ink and color on paper
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