Wang Yahui: A Slant of Light at TKG+
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Wang Yahui: A Slant of Light at TKG+

text: Enkaryon

The philosophy of how light and shadow can create space and heighten atmosphere is inherent in the phrase, ‘a slant of light’, taken from Wang Wei’s poem.


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The philosophy of how light and shadow can create space and heighten atmosphere is inherent in the phrase, ‘a slant of light’, taken from Wang Wei’s poem. It describes the traces of the subject which are left in the background. The subject’s life-force and its interweaving with space is an oriental aesthetic, and this is precisely what inspired Wang Yahui to make a fresh start by re-exploring the idea of painterliness in this the exhibition. Through this concept, the artist conjures imaginings of the notion of composition, using words to create vivid scenarios and bringing images to life with poetry, giving rise to an aesthetic which captures the motion in stillness and the inactivity in movement. In this regard, Wang has created a special relationship between the absence of the subject and spatial effect, adding a new dimension to the characteristics of traditional painting.

The intangible shadows in “A Slant of Light” embody both the material and the spiritual. Here, the images which move back and forth are the cause of space and depth. In this conceptual exhibition space, Wang explores the lines and paths created by the stasis of paintings and the kinesis of video works with two projection installations. The intertwining of lines does not result in contradiction, but rather visual illusions and concepts in the realm of space. When an object’s shadow comes into contact with the object itself, spatial extension occurs. The concept of boundary-crossing is introduced, leading to an atmosphere of non-existence, thus illustrating how slight changes in calmness can generate movement and energy.

The dynamic changes of shadows hint at the apparent and actual transformations of the subjects in space. “A Slant of Light” uses the abstract quality of painting to create erratic cross-sections in space, suddenly instilling paintings with physical properties. The depth of the vast forest resulting from alternating movement in opposite directions differs from the sense of space brought about by perspective, guiding us into the abstract elements of painting. This is the multi-layered space that Wang speaks of. Through the video works, the photographs, moving images, and even kinetic installation on display, the artist presents cases ranging from abstraction to representation, unveiling the true meaning of an object. In the deepest part of the exhibition space, where the shadows of tree branches are once again cast upon gemstone ores which have been cut open, we will not only discover “A Slant of Light”, but also how the crevices of physical objects reside within the silence of shadows.

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2016/4/23-6/5

TKG+

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