Enlightened Blackness: Ink Paintings by Yang Jiechang, 玄妙玄實：楊詰蒼的繪畫
This is the catalogue for Yang Jiechang’s first one-man show in Hong Kong, which was held at the University Museum and Art Gallery of the University of Hong Kong in 2001. The body of works on display showed paintings from Yang’s three creative periods: 1) a series entitled ‘100 layers of Ink’ (1989-1998); 2) a series in which concrete objects replace the abstract geometric forms of the former series (1994-1998); and a series called ‘Double View’ (1999-00), featuring large black line drawings. One of Yang’s main concerns in these works is to implant Chinese traditional painting aesthetics and thought into a contemporary context. Audience will find his works in fact go beyond the visual effect and beyond representation. In so doing, Yang invites the viewer to consider art and life as a creative force which is open to multiple transformations. This publication also features an introduction by Alice King and a study of Yang’s art by Martina Koeppel-Yang. A biography of the artist is also included.
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