The Distortions of Relations According to Wang Luyan

The Distortions of Relations According to Wang Luyan
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Wang Luyan is one of the pioneers of Chines Conceptual Art. Born in Beijing in 1956, he still lives and works in the Capital. His personal exhibition Curved Folding Space at the Beijing Commune, the title of which comes from a series of works on display, is based on the idea that the relation between things is equivalent to interconnected gravitational forces. The artist depicts people, situations, objects, even himself - images from his sketches - transferring these from the three-dimensional space of reality to the foldable two-dimensional support he most favours - transparent plastic wrap. The content is meant to be read counter-clockwise. The deliberately reduced dimensions of the works emphasise their conceptual value, avoiding, as the artists desires, that the works are merely relegated to aesthetic appreciation. Within the same work, the scenes are viewed in such a way that they can be read both in two-dimensional space as well as in “foldable space”, in different forms, even diametrically opposed. For Wang Luyan, the entire exhibition space is an invisible “foldable space” in which everything can be distorted just like in his works. Completing this new series of works, the portrait of the artist which emblematically reflects on the interaction between various geometrical and metaphorical levels.

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