The Burnt Landscapes of Wang Tiande at the Ink Studio

The Burnt Landscapes of Wang Tiande at the Ink Studio
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The burnt landscapes of Wang Tiande roll past the eyes of visitors at the Ink studio, destined to be contemplated in silence. Graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts of Zhejiang in 1988 with a degree in Chinese ink painting, the calligrapher discovered the revolutionary New Wave art movement. His first work, Ink Banquet (1996), is an innovative installation composed of a round dining table covered with ink-painted paper. In his work - steeped in Chinese cultural traditions from throughout the country’s vast history - painting alternates with the stratification of the traditional xuan paper, creating complex landscape compositions, abounding in so many details that some are virtually illegible. To create the works, the artist also superimposes a second sheet of paper above the existing work in which holes are burnt using burning incense. The burnt landscapes of Wang suggest the irreversible schisms between historical Chines culture and contemporary China. At the same time, they testify to how destructive contemporary forces can also generate creative changes. Stripped of colour, consistence and movement, his landscapes incarnate nature in its essence, exalted by monochromatic ink.

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