FQ PROJECTS SPECIALIZES (SHANGHAI)
COLLISION PART II - TU LONG JI: INSTALLATION YANG YONGLIANG (solo)
EXHIBITION SYNOPSISCollision Part II - Tu Long Ji: Installation Yang Yongliang
FQ Projects is proud to collaborate with the talented Shanghai artist Yang Yongliang and bring to the public an exciting installation work. TU LONG JI, an altered name after Jin Yong’s martial arts novel is a very direct, perhaps shocking work of art, heavy in both form and significance. It is a two-meter-high, six-meter-long slaughtered dragon all-covered-by-wax sculptural installation. The exposed internal viscera of the dragon are made of porcelain, silk, calligraphy and Chinese medical illustrations, elements representing Chinese traditions. It builds on Yang’s body of work interpreting traditional Chinese concepts with an uncompromisingly contemporary perspective by challenging the traditional revered status of the dragon in Chinese society.
By slaying the dragon Yang presents an extremely challenging work for most Chinese both visually and psychologically. The figurative likeness of the dragon and its volume suggest the ‘real’ feeling to the audience; yet the absolute breaking of the body and an overall white tone normally suggesting death provides an uneasy and disturbing perspective. Yang uses the Dragon to symbolize the Chinese culture and this work to reveal the disappearing Chinese traditional cultural heritage in younger generation. The shocking reaction is just what the artist wants the audience to have to realize how regretful it would be if not take any action on this problem. With globalization and development of hi-technology, how to protect and develop one country’s own culture becomes Yang’s theme for his art work. He uses his art creation to recall the awareness of the issue and its consequence.
In terms of the language, it continues the combination of classic aesthetics and contemporary art methods of his previous work. By using wax, silk, linen and porcelain china etc in a sculptural installation, it avoids the simplified lines, forms and metal feel that are common in modern contemporary sculpture works.
Yang Yongliang has achieved a great success since he started art career from 2006. Most of his works uses photography as material, Chinese traditional art, culture, philosophy as references, with his excellent digital manipulation skills to reflect his concerns of today’s society and raise questions. Phantom Landscape series has received a great attention. Almost all the works have been collected. Some of them have been exhibited and collected in various museums both nationally and internationally. His latest work “On the Quiet Water, Heavenly City” appears to be more theatrical and dramatic. Differ from the Phantom Landscape series’ lyrical subtlety, it points directly to the environment global issue. This new work from Yang Yongliang is a collaboration work with FQ Projects, along with the derivative work of photography, sculpture and fan leaf.
FQ Projects aim to support and realize those commercially risky but academically interesting and significant art projects from young or new artists. Each year FQ will hold 1-2 collaborative project exhibitions or specifically commissioned works with selected artists. TU LONG JI is the first project exhibition after two thematic exhibitions since FQ founded in March this year.