Liang Wei

“Before Itself” by Liang Wei at Magician Space, Beijing | Blouin Artinfo

This spring the Magician Space is hosting the striking works of Chinese artist Liang Wei. The solo exhibition is taking place at the gallery’s Beijing venue and features the artist’s unique style of traditional and abstract practices. “Before Itself” will be on view until May 6, 2018.

Liang Wei is one of the most renowned Chinese artists, who infused classical tradition with modern abstract art to develop a unique form of painting. She creates her oeuvre from a large collection of various subject matters and recreating them according to her imagination. She uses various kinds of materials like acrylic paint, Chinese ink, and watercolor pencils in her creations and the products resemble unusual topographical visions inspired by classical Chinese landscapes. These processes of creating abstract geographies by deconstructing the original images make the paintings highly interesting. There are hints of recognizable forms that momentarily appear and multiply as our eyes scan the surface of the canvas and our brain tries to make sense of the abstraction. Thus, new and unintended forms appear and then disappear in the chaos.

Liang Wei collects her sources from history, classical art and architecture, contemporary urban environments, and cinema: subjects which interest her. Each finished painting seems to create a separate imaginary world using its own energy and reasons for its creation, so that we can grasp the hidden realities waiting to come out from obscurity into existence, as if multiple images are playing at the back of our minds. There is a dynamic between the self-replication and self-destruction simultaneously going on in these paintings that are captured in a state of equilibrium. In these new paintings, Liang Wei has created strange virtual realities based on but not quite our own.

Liang Wei was born in 1966 in China. She lives and works in Beijing. She graduated from L’Art Plastiques Universite des Sciences Humanines de Strasbourg, France in 1999. Her work has been widely exhibited in China and abroad. Her work has been shown in K11 Art Foundation, MoMA PS1, Shanghai (2017); K11 Art Foundation, MoMA PS1, Hong Kong (2017); Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing (2013); ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai (2012); Min Sheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2011); Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea (2007); The 12th Kolkata Film Festival (2006); and Battersea Power Station, London (2005).

“Before Itself” will run from March 22 through May 6, 2018, at Magician Space gallery, Magician Space, 2 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100015.

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