Against the Current: Gao Yang's Solo Exhibition in Guangzhou

Against the Current: Gao Yang's Solo Exhibition in Guangzhou
Against the Current: Gao Yang's Solo Exhibition in Guangzhou
Against the Current: Gao Yang's Solo Exhibition in Guangzhou
Against the Current: Gao Yang's Solo Exhibition in Guangzhou
Against the Current: Gao Yang's Solo Exhibition in Guangzhou
Against the Current: Gao Yang's Solo Exhibition in Guangzhou

|Exhibition Info|

Artist: Gao Yang

Curators: Qi Zhe, Kelvin Huang

Exhibition Duration: 2017. 05. 13 — 2017. 06. 19

Open Hours: 11:00 - 20:00

Venue: Kui Yuan Gallery, No.9, Xuguyuan Road,Yuexiu District, Guangzhou (广州市越秀区恤孤院路9号 逵园艺术馆)

Organizer: Kui Yuan Gallery

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"Looking" Color on gesso 90x90x30cm 2016

|Foreword|

Against the Current

Creating art can be a cruel thing. 

The artist has to establish a close connection with the world, through which to keenly perceive nature and society; meanwhile, the artist must confront the process of creating art alone, including all the challenges, aggressions, and oppositions. Passion and calmness are both important traits in art practices, yet in the end, with no talent, works would be mediocre, boring, and not worth of mentioning. 

Real artists are not cultivated from trainings. They are born artists, chosen by destiny. Their works do not gradually acquire maturing states, and instead they are suddenly furnished with bright brilliance. Self-refinement is vital way of artistic pursuit deep beneath the surface. 

This collection of works is extremely intense as if Gao Yang has the heart ripped out of his chest, shown his beating heart with thick red blood pouring out. These pieces have demonstrated Gao Yang’s almost primal instincts, so alive and powerful, with no disguise. 

Gao Yang has never expected everyone to understand himself. He uses his own eyes to see, speaks in his own language, and portray in the most direct way. He well understands that, the more simple the compositions and forms are, the more clear his spiritual direction is, and thus results in more thorough visual and spiritual effects for the viewers. 

He freely adopts oil or ink for materials, creates with three-dimensional forms or two-dimensional surface, and even plays with readymades and other modeling materials. In all works shown in this exhibition, Gao Yang’s artistic vibe is presented everywhere. 

I admire Gao Yang’s sensitive mind and free spirit, qualities of which he humbly cherishes, as of every artistic moments come naturally at ease. 

Gao Yang is a unique case, one that is very difficult to replicate, for his accomplishments as well as limitations have reveal important lessons for all of us in the art world today.

Qi Zhe        

Professor of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts

2017.4.17      

《谎言 Lie》纸本丙烯 Acrylic on paper 80x120cm 2015.jpg

" Lie"  Acrylic on paper 80x120cm 2015

|Artist’s Profile|

Gao Yang

Born in Zhangzhou City, Fujian Province, China. Graduated from the Department of Sculpture of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 2014, and got the Bachelor’s Degree. Now taking Masters Course in School of Architecture and All of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.

Selected Exhibitions

2016  The 2nd Fine Art Exhibition of GuangDong Sport, The Museum of Guangzhou Asian 

      Games & Guangzhou Asian Para Games, Guangzhou

2016  Elite Young Artists Program 2016, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen; Zheng Guan 

      Art Museum, Beijing

2016  2016 Academy Exhibition of Chinese Modern Arts and Crafts, Nanjing University of Arts, 

      Nanjing

2016  The 2nd China International Design Biennial for University Student, Shandong University 

      of Arts, Shandong

2013  Croquis of Us—Group Exhibition of Sketch, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, 

      Guangzhou 

2012  I was in that corner—Gao Yang Solo Exhibition, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, 

      Guangzhou

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Selected Awards

2016  National Scholarships

2016  Major Award of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts

2016  The Second Prize of Guangzhou & Foshan Metro Art Design Competition

2015  The Yang Qiu Scholarship

Publications

Articles “Face to Myself”, “Came from Afar”, “Sculpture like Painting” and Artworks “Test Flight”, “Salute to Schiller”, “Man in the Picture”, “Garden of Eden”, “Martyr”, “Came from Afar” and etc published in “Arts Observation”, “Arts Criticism”, “Fine Arts in China”, “China Mural-Volume of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts”, “Guangdong Mural Study-In View of Regional Culture”, “Guang Ming Daily”, and “China Artists News”.

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