Yan Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition of works by the mainland Chinese artist Wang Xinggang entitled ‘Prescription for the Soul’. This exhibition comprises around 20 pieces of sculpture made from a combination of acrylic and wood.
For this collection of works Wang Xinggang put a lot of thought into his material, eventually settling for acrylic and wood. Not only do these materials contrast well with each other and give tension to his works, but they also symbolize the old and new values of China. Wang adds a surreal twist to… his sculptures as well; within the human form he has added drawers, which, similar to a Chinese medicine chest, can be pulled out or left closed. However, instead of containing herbs to cure us of our maladies, the drawers in the sculpture are all empty. What does this mean? Is this a reference to the meaning of life? Are our lives empty like these drawers? Or is it a sign for us to look for some other spiritual enlightenment to make us happy again?
“…We are always trying to understand each other, but sometimes when we open all the ‘Drawers’, we find that we still haven’t found what we are looking for. This is normal feedback for the average person. This person represents the accumulation of his past experiences, memories, and emotions. All of these have been stored in the drawers, which can either hold a lot or a little depending on one’s degree of enlightenment. Some people let go of the things they should let go of and we find that the drawer is empty. Empty and non-empty are the same, existence and non-existence are not opposites.”
——Artist Wang Xinggang
“Prescription lends itself to discussion in terms of positive and negative, as the series is inherently comprised of positive and negative elements. In this series, he has sculpted the forms of a worker, farmer, businessman, scholar, soldier and an official, each of which has carved in it empty drawers which can be pulled out. It is precisely the space in these drawers that creates the negative in these sculptures. Such treatment of space is quite uncommon in contemporary sculpture. What do the empty drawers imply? Why has he carved out drawers in the human body rather than something else? And given that he has taken the effort to sculpt out the drawers, why doesn’t he put anything inside? I believe that anyone looking at Wang Xinggang’s works will have a myriad of questions to ask. Wang Xinggang’s works not only invite the viewer to observe visually, but also to contemplate, and it is this visual observation combined with contemplation that in turn cleverly create yet another form of positive and negative.”
——Peng Feng “Positive and Negative – On the Prescription series by Wang Xinggang”
Opening Night (Meet the Artist): 2016.9.29 (Thursday) 6-8PM
Exhibition Date: 2016.9.29 – 10.12
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10:30AM – 6:30PM, Sunday and Public Holidays by Appointment Only