Sunlight, Air, Water – Wang Zhiyuan Solo Exhibition
2021.10.30 - 2021.12.12
Artists: Wang Zhiyuan

Sunlight, Air, Water


CLC Gallery Venture is pleased to announce our first collaboration with artist Wang Zhiyuan “Light, Air, Water”, a solo exhibition that opens on October 30 and runs through December 12. Sympathetic with the Formalist language, Wang does not mind the conservative label, but is cautious of its dogma of immanent logic and seemingly fated decorative quality. What other possibilities are there for painting to give expression to contemporary quotidian life? He’s concerned with how may conventional formalist language regain responsiveness. In a relaxed tone he explains, “It has, after all, more to do with pleasing oneself.” Like a devoted formalist, he places action before planning, detaching himself from any conviction or direction in this container of sentiment vs. rationality called Painting, and relying on practical experience and instinct to cope with various poles of extremes. 


While working, Wang is both an involved hand and a cool observer of himself, prioritizing sustainable practice over every other issue, so his paintings are the fruit of the slow progression of his whole consciousness. Influence by Agnes Martin, he believes that painting is not to capture inspiration or the perfect moment, but more the result of humble work. Rollers, a tool associated more with physical labor, enables him to maintain an ambiguous distance from the tradition of easel painting. Rollers, plain, demystifying, and easy to understand, give the painting a more smooth surface and approach the illusory rendering for commercial/industrial products, so as to retain both the spontaneity of hand gesture and the coolness of mechanical aesthetic. Industrial standards f......