Liang Wei: Before Itself

  • Artist: Liang Wei

    Date: Mar. 22 - May. 6, 2018(Privateview:Mar. 22,2018)

    Magician Space is pleased to present Before Itself, a second solo exhibition with the gallery by Beijing-based artist Liang Wei.
    One of China’s most exciting new voices in contemporary painting, Liang Wei has been developing a unique form of abstract art that combines influences from both modern and classical traditions. Avoiding any conceptual or thematic approaches to painting, Liang’s compositions start by sourcing images from a large range of subject matter in order to tear them apart and reassemble them into new forms from her imagination. These compositions are the starting point of a meticulous painting process that uses a variety of materials such as acrylic paint, Chinese ink, and watercolour pencils. The resulting works feel like uncanny topographical visions haunted by echoes of classical Chinese landscapes. These abstract geographies are deeply immersing owing to the way original images have been deconstructed. Hints of recognizable forms appear and multiply as one scans the surface of the canvas as our eyes attempt to make sense of the abstraction. As a result, new and unintended forms seem to emerge and then disappear in the chaos.
    The source images that Liang Wei uses mirror her interest in history, classical art and architecture, contemporary urban environments, and cinema. Each work seems to construct a separate imaginary world with its own energy and reasons for coming into being. One can almost discern hidden realities waiting to break out from obscurity into existence, like several films all happening at once in the background of our minds. There is a contrast between the violence and morphogenic qualities of these works, as some paintings seem to be in the process of self-creation or destruction, while others have found a contemplative sense of equilibrium. In these new paintings Liang Wei has created strange new realities that are based on, but alien to, our own.

    Notes to the editors

    Liang Wei is a painter and video artist based in Beijing. She graduated from L’Art Plastiques Universite des Sciences Humanines de Strasbourg, France in 1999. Widely exhibiting her work in China and abroad since her return to China, her work has been shown in .com/.cn, K11 Art Foundation, MoMA PS1, Shanghai (2017); .com/.cn, K11 Art Foundation, MoMA PS1, Hong Kong (2017); The Garden of Diversion, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing (2013); Place of Residence-with Artists from Brazil and China, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai (2012); Moving Image In China 1988 - 2011, Min Sheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2011); City Net Asia 2007, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea (2007); The 12th Kolkata Film Festival (2006); China Power Station, Battersea Power Station, London (2005).