LIANG YUANWEI

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life | Art -

Hav­ing rep­re­sented China at the Venice Bi­en­nale in 2011, Liang Yuanwei is back with a show, out­side the canon­i­cal venues of the art fes­ti­val, that fo­cuses on her process-based ap­proach to mak­ing art. Ti­tled Be­hind the Cur­tain (Di­etro le Quinte), the ex­hi­bi­tion, which runs un­til June 18, is pre­sented by the K11 Art Foun­da­tion and cu­rated by Pom­pi­dou Cen­tre cu­ra­tor Loïc Le Gall. Known for her large, in­tri­cate wall-mounted oil paint­ings and richly tex­tured im­pasto can­vases, Liang ex­per­i­ments with what could be called “fe­male” ma­te­ri­als— sam­ples of cloth­ing, cur­tains and cloth, whose pat­terns she painstak­ingly sim­u­lates in some of her most cap­ti­vat­ing works, and also lip­stick, ap­plied to cre­ate draw­ings of geo­met­ric pre­ci­sion. The re­sults are vis­ually stun­ning pieces driven by ideas about calm and chaos, tran­sience and time­less­ness, ro­mance and soli­tude. The show in Venice cap­tures all that, pre­sent­ing well recog­nised works from the artist along with new and unseen pieces. The ti­tle of the ex­hi­bi­tion, both in English and Ital­ian, al­ludes at the be­hind the scenes of the the­atri­cal stage, while the Chi­nese ti­tle (勘玉钏) is a di­rect bor­row­ing from the ti­tle of a Pek­ing opera cen­tred around love and trea­son.

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