王光乐1976年出生于福建，2000年毕业于中央美术学院油画系，现生活及工作于北京。他曾多次参加国内外重要展览，其中包括加利福尼亚亚太三年展 (2013) 、釜山双年展（2010）和布拉格双年展（2009）。其作品曾于荷兰鹿特丹波伊曼斯·范伯宁恩美术馆、美国卢贝尔家族迈阿密私人收藏博物馆、澳大利亚白兔美术馆、德国路德维希美术馆、意大利博岑Museion美术馆、美国旧金山亚洲艺术博物馆、北京今日美术馆、北京民生现代美术馆、上海龙美术馆、上海当代艺术馆、上海证大美术馆、中央美术学院美术馆、中国美术馆、上海复星艺术中心、深圳何香凝美术馆、北京时代美术馆、尤伦斯当代艺术中心和北京泰康空间等诸多国内外美术馆及艺术机构展出。
Beijing Commune is pleased to announce the opening of Wang Guangle’s solo exhibition, “Waves”, on April 15th, 2021. Bringing together the artist's works from 2004 to 2021, the show explores his various phases to establish a core value that runs throughout his painting practice. These works from different series differ in forms yet are internally interrelated, creating a continuous “self-contained system of formal practice”.
A soft monochromatic tone runs through the exhibition as a way to bring various simple and rough materials as close to their true colors as possible, albeit not fully reaching the purity state. The use of plaster, paint and acrylic symbolizes the artist’s continuous and in-depth exploration of painting materials, as well as his fundamental understanding of this aspect over the years. It exemplifies a support point for his later "Untitled", "Terrazzo" and "Coffin Paint" series. In this exhibition, the multi layers of contrasting colors that are not completely covered from the side of Untitled 170625 reveal the time trajectory of creation like annual rings, adding a sense of complexity, weight and stability to the seemingly monotonous exhibition hall. With an unbreakable connection between each color block and medium, one part naturally and smoothly transitions to another, bestowing the work meaning altogether. Waves 2013 superposes layers of paint to bring out the textural quality, further challenging and breaking through the realm of painting. The artist takes things as they go, often using the most comfortable and effective methods at hand, so that all creations continue to maintain the acute awareness of specificality. In 160501, Wang Guangle gradually filled a found wooden frame with paint in the outdoor setting. Painted layer by layer from the rim to the core, leaving a dent in the center, while the dust it collects highlights the specific feeling of the relationship between time and nature.
The works exhibited can be regarded as the foundation of his creative career. Through a simple and precise manner, they fully explore the in-depth foundation of Wang Guangle's practice, seeking to manifest his consistent working method. Through his tedious and repetitive process of "labor", layer piles upon layer like rammed earth reveals a kind of warmth, infinite tenderness and humanity. Whether it is the light in the "Untitled", "Coffin Paint" or "Terrazzo" series, they all include the feelings and encounters of a specific time and space, as well as a sense of eternity that transcends any time node in the realistic world.
Wang Guangle (b. 1976, Fujian) graduated with a BA in Oil Painting from Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2000. He currently lives and works in Beijing. His paintings have been extensively shown worldwide in important biannials and triennials, including the California-Pacific Triennial (2013), Busan Biennale (2010) and Prague Biennale (2009). Museums and institutions that have shown his art include Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the Netherlands; Museion, Bozen, Italy; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; Rubell Family Collection and Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami; White Rabbit Art Museum, Australia; Museum Ludwig, Germany; Today Art Museum, Beijing; Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing; Long Museum, Shanghai; Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai; Zhengda Museum, Shanghai; Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing; National Art Museum, Beijing; Fosun Foundation, Shanghai; He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen; Times Museum, Beijing; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Taikang Space, Beijing and so on.