Yang Guangnan's solo exhibition "Monet Garden. 96 Dist" was officially opened in Magician Space on September 3rd and will last until October 17th, 2020.
Yang Guangnan’s Monet Garden sculptures are rooted in these imitations of Western architecture. In this series, ‘imitation’ is as much about the existing architectural models, as the approaches Yang Guangnan has adopted to translate them. ‘Imitation’, however, does not suggest ‘replication’. Although Yang Guangnan’s Monet Garden includes the conceptual and methodical components in the work of art: the stain-glass window and floor tiles are reproduced; building scraps are polished, cut and repurposed for valuable apparatus; the framework sets up confines, contours or even supports the illusion; resin congeals into a glass or amber-like texture, encasing murkiness with clarity. Yang Guangnan begins with the object and mobilize our general awareness of this reality through material and formal language. At the same time, they convey a romantic and ambiguous visual quality, recreating the much-criticized faux glitz and glamour, while implying the individual's most contradictory and sincere desire for a better future.
Monet Garden, accompanied the rise of Chinese society in the 1990s, was a temporary product formed spontaneously when the system and the economy sought alternatives. It was crass and crude, and a failure apparently. On the other hand, Yang Guangnan’s Monet Garden is akin to the scraps gleaned from collective memory and imagination. They are partial objects of a particular building or fossils that have been magnified several times, seen under the microscope. Through Yang Guangnan’s profiling and zooming-in approach, those grand landscapes projecting a variety of desires highlight the remaining aspirations abandoned by the times in the ruins and the reflections of the current dilemma of value judgment.
Selected solo exhibitions include: Nothing, C5CNM, Beijing, 2020; Blind Spot, Fingerprint Gallery, Beijing, 2019; Dyspepsia, Taikang Space, Beijing, 2016. Selected group exhibitions include: Cold Expansion, Nanshanshe, Xi’an, 2019; Inner Scapes, Galleria Continua, Beijing, 2018; NOW: A Dialogue on Female Chinese Contemporary Artists, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, UK, 2017; Turning Point: Contemporary Art in China Since 2000, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, 2016.
孙逊志 Xunzhi Sun
开放时间：周二至周六 10:30 - 18:30
Hours: Tue-Sat 10:30-18:30