Art Basel in Basel 2017

  • Artist: Wang Shang

    Date: Jun. 15 - Jun. 18, 2017(Privateview:Jun. 14,2017)

    Wang Shang at Statements, Art Basel in Basel 2017

    Wang Shang
    Art Basel in Basel
    Hall 2, Booth N1

    Private View (by invitation only)
    Tuesday, June 13, 2017
    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    Vernissage (by invitation only)
    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    Public Days
    Thursday, June 15, 2017, 11amto7pm
    Friday, June 16, 2017, 11amto7pm
    Saturday, June 17, 2017, 11amto7pm
    Sunday, June 18, 2017, 11amto7pm

    Magician Space is pleased to present Wang Shang's solo exhibition at Statements Section in Hall 2, Booth N1. 

    WangShang (b.1984, Beijing) is an artist and certified gemologist, whose work often explore the commonalities shared between the fields of geology, natural history, and human civilisation. 

    For Statements, Wang Shang presents new series of sculpture, based on recurring motifs found in traditional Chinese gardens and landscape paintings – forms often used to embody and symbolise a state of 'harmony' between humanity and nature. 

    Within the context of today's discussion between technology and nature, Wang Shang brings to our attention the symbols of mountains and scholar rocks. A classical and pervasive theme in the East, nature is often idealised as a higher, truthful state of being. Seeking to rupture this narrative, the artist moves away from a depiction of mountains typically found within traditional ink landscapes, riffing on these motifs with ersatz sculptural versions using high-resolution images of marble surfaces. The surface of these 3D forms undergo further digital alteration with layers of colour and pattern, which are transposed onto abstract stainless steel shapes that resemble rocks and mountains.

    The surfaces together function as a geological palimpsest, acting to record a chaotic flux of colliding natural events, whilst also incorporating visible influences of human technological intervention. 

    Displayed on the floor are sculptures, consisting of multiple representations of rock and stone. Recalling shapes produced when minerals grow out from one another into crystalline structures – each 'scholar rock' will merge various aesthetic languagestogether into one unified form. By freely associating different languages of human culture to clash with the natural world, Wang Shang moves the rock garden away from a transcendental space of meditation into a zone of contested meanings that crash together. A light whimsical tone permeates across the celebratory garden-like setting within the art fair. It is an approach to the world that is quixotic, playing with inherited perceptions of the East, but also connecting more broadly towards the contradictions that lay rooted within our ideals of culture and technological progression. 

    Wang Shang (b.1984, Beijing) currently lives and works in Beijing. He graduated from Goldsmiths College and the Royal College of Art. Upon graduation, he qualified as a certified gemologist at the Gemological Institute of America, and began working in the gem industry. He founded his own brand, the eponymous S.H.A.N.G. Operating a jewellery brand, a process Wang Shang has likened to 'doing life studies in the countryside' or 'experiencing life'. This has allowed Wang Shang to touch on and understand jewels from two perspectives, being simultaneously a method of art-making and commercial activity. Gradually, Wang Shang has built up knowledge and experience as a merchant and designer of jewellery. Solo exhibitions: Statements, Art Basel, Basel (2017); Magician Space, Beijing (2015); OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen (2014); Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2011). Group exhibitions: West Bund Special Projects, Shanghai (2016); A Contemporary, Shanghai (2016); Antenna Space, Shanghai (2015); Casa Dei Carraresi, Italy (2015); Between Art Lab, Shanghai (2015); OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen (2014); Mitsukoshi, Tokyo.