Yang is a media media artist from China .
I first saw his works in ArtStage and was very impressed by this huge landscape painting that clearly took reference from Chinese painting. However when taking a closer look, it became obvious that this was a photo composite made from images of modern buildings. Perhaps the most interesting thing is how Yang hides things in plain sight. Having had 10 years of experience in calligraphy and Chinese painting, Yang shows obvious mastery in his composition. From far, it is almost difficult to realize that this isnt painted but made from images that he has collected over the years from his travels as well as where he lived in.
UNDERSTANDING THE ARTIST
This picture is imitating the old traditional Chinese landscape painting, what we called Shan Shui. Like a typical Shan Shui painting, there are mainly mountains in the painting. It is in black and white color; also, it is compose in wide and horizon. We can also see there are many red stamps sealed on the painting. These all are the features that show the style of Chinese painting a lot. When we look closer, the audiences will discover that the jagged surface of the rocky mountains are actually composed of densely-stacked concrete buildings. Besides, in the foot of the mountain, there are some cranes. Also, it uses a lot of blank especially and this shows a great mood and emulate Chinese-style vintage.
Growing up in Shanghai, I was surrounded by lots of traditional architecture – and saw a lot of it removed. China has changed so much, dismantling its heritage in the pursuit of urbanisation. I want to ask questions about these things, about consumerism and how we live today. The rate of change is a major concern. To catch up with western economies, a lot of local customs are being lost – even the way we eat, the way we talk. It is the same with contemporary art. It feels like great traditions are being given up, at least partially, as we switch to the western idea of not only making art, but marketing and selling it.
I think what captivates me about these works is a combination of both the sense of connection to Chinese art I feel and the modernization of it. It is tr
ying to hold on to what makes us who we are while adjusting to the new world. He’s art reflects the multiple layers of what defines us and he uses it to give emphasis to his statement, which I truly believe has more impact.
I love the serenity of Chinese painting and Yang has opened my eyes to how an old dying art form can be brought back to life through new media and new technology.
For me Art is something that is constantly evolving and constantly changing to reflect the society.