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Temple Hotel Beijing Exhibition-HUANG ZHIYANG Painting With Thread

This exhibition of carpets adapted from my paintings can be likened to a solo musical performance that strives to re-interpret a concerto. The result is a variation on the original score, where the artist, aided by 8 Nepalese technicians’ six months of weaving, creates an inspired piece, both carpet and painting, now woven as one. 

The painting will be reworked, re-interpreted and re-invented by traditional Tibetan – Nepali carpet-weavers.  The painting will undergo an aesthetic transformation:  From art object observed coldly at an aloof distance, to the warmth of what can be touched and is tactile. If a painting is cold, a carpet is warm, and the painting- transformed-to-carpet is no longer purely aesthetic. The distance between viewer and art object is reduced, moving closer is inevitable, and the soft touch of the carpet encourages human contact.

This cross disciplinary cooperation, bridging the gap between craft and fine art, has allowed me to broaden my art practice and lead me to a multitude of creative possibilities.

Thanks to Pékin Fine Arts Gallery and TAN and Temple东景缘, for their cooperation and support, and special thanks to the eighteen Nepali carpet weavers who went through six months of precision weaving, that resulted in this re-invention of my artworks.

Huang Zhiyang, November 15, 2017

Huang Zhiyang's artwork bridges the holistic and organicistic world of classical Daoism, Buddhism and neo-Confucianism with the emergent and non-linear worlds of contemporary phenomenology, neurology, evolutionary biology and deep ecology. Although best known for his biomorphic ink figures and abstract paintings using high-gamut mineral pigments, Huang's artistic practice also spans sculpture and ecologically focused public installations in bronze, stone, bamboo and other natural materials. Regardless of medium, his work reveals a common "unity of the universe-of humankind, microscopic life forms, plant life, and all other forms of presence" (Britta Erickson).

In his native Taiwan, Huang Zhiyang graduated in 1989 from the Taipei Chinese Cultural University with his major in traditional Chinese ink painting. He was at the forefront of several artists who, in the 1980s and 90s, helped to build the Taiwanese contemporary art scene, resulting in his being included in the contemporary ink painting exhibition held at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (1988). Huang represented Taiwan at the 46th Venice Biennale (1995) and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney (1995) and featured prominently in the Inside/Out show at the Museum of Modern Art P.S.1 and Asia Society in New York and the Museum of Modern Art and Asian Art Museum in San Francisco (1998). Huang's inclusion in the New York MoMA show was a privotal event in his career and he subsequently exhibited at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing (1999), the National Taiwan Museum of Art (1999), the progressive Tacheles Art Center in Berlin (1999) and the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre (2000).

Although praised for his abstract color painting with ink images and mineral pigments of high color gamut, Huang Zhiyang extends his artistic practices to sculptures and public installations made from natural materials such as copper, stone and bamboo that focus on ecology. Regardless of the materials used, his artworks reveal "cosmic unity of human beings, microbial forms, plants, and other living beings." (Comment by Mr. Lin Sizhu) 

Mr. Huang Zhiyang’s works are restrained and full of traditional oriental charm. However, they are rich and varied in forms of expression. After the audiences become accustomed to his works, he would suddenly change to different styles, displaying inherently continuous but nuanced artistic characteristics. Freely wandering in the fields of painting, installation and sculpture, Mr. Huang Zhiyang demonstrates his unchained artistic creativity in a natural and oriental way.