Pace Gallery presents a solo exhibition of pioneering artist, Wang Guangle. Faded Colours will showcase a suite of new paintings by one of China’s preeminent contemporary abstract painters.
For nearly two decades Wang Guangle has devoted his artistic practice to exploring the abstract nature of the language of art, and how the artist, as the protagonist of this ancient practice, uses it to deal with the internal and external world. Though trained in classical oil painting, Wang’s distinctive process-based paintings are driven by his intention to translate an abstract sense of time and death into a tangible experience. The artist’s process is rooted in repetition; his systematic layering of acrylic paint over canvas creates enigmatic colour gradations and textured surfaces. For Wang, the act of painting is a meditative, daily exercise akin to Eastern spiritual practices. His paintings are meticulously built-up layer by layer over days and months until he deems them finished, titling them after their date of completion. Through these works, Wang discursively challenges the old adage that ‘one cannot step into the same river twice’, commenting on the perception of repetition on a rational and cognitive level. This reflection informs his artistic approach.
Wang Guangle: Faded Colours, the artist’s second exhibition in London, features two styles of painting. Works such as 220123 and 220222 have a horizontal emphasis that recalls specific spaces and moments in time: the blurring of mist and fog or the fall of dusk. In these works, Wang tapers the paintings from the sides, further exaggerating the downward fade of pigment and exposing the painting’s edge.
|01 April 2022 - 04 May 2022
|5 Hanover Square, London, W1S 1HD
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