A FLOAT­ING WORLD

The World of Chinese - - Art Attack -

Strolling through the Yang Gallery in Bei­jing’s 798 Art District, you may start to feel lost at sea. On view from De­cem­ber 31, 2016 to Jan­uary 31, 2017, the ex­hi­bi­tion “A Float­ing World” comes from the artist group THEY, made up of Lai Shengyu and Yang Xiao­gang. Part­ners since 2002, they work to­gether on their paint­ings in an at­tempt to bring in mul­ti­ple per­spec­tives and more con­flict.

In this melan­cholic ex­hi­bi­tion, you can see clas­sic art mas­ter­pieces and well-known brands on placid seas and rivers, a re­flec­tion of a very hu­man at­tach­ment to the com­mer­cial mech­a­nism—but also evok­ing fear of the sense of fu­til­ity it brings, like be­ing left on a beach strewn with lit­ter as the crowd melts away. THEY’S cre­ations con­vey a strong sense of empti­ness in which moder­nity grabs at his­tory and be­lief with a de­sire for se­cu­rity and be­long­ing, but al­ways in vain. - SUN JIAHUI (孙佳慧)

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