Yang Shaobin I VIBRATIONS
Opening: June 24th, 2005, 7. – 9 p.m.
Duration: June 25th – July 30th, 2005
Place: Sophienstraße 16, 10178 Berlin
The artist will be present
For many years, Yang Shaobin (born in 1963) has been counted among the most significant contemporary artists. Reaching his international break-through after having participated in the Venice Biennale 1999, curated by Harald Szeemann, Yang succeeded with this blood-red paintings, and thus created a valid image of the former situation in China.
At the moment, the Prague Biennale is featuring a large-sized diptychon by Yang Shaobin, the Dutch museum Beelden aan Zee is showing some of his sculptures, while the recently opened exhibition Mahjong/Collection Uli Sigg´ at the Kunsthalle Bern is reflecting the development in China over the past 15 years – Yang Shaobin is represented here with several works.
Meanwhile, Yang´s oeuvre is part of numerous international collections such as the Collection Essl/Museum Klosterneuburg, Austria; at ´Christies Hongkong´, a Chinese collection recently bought a mid-size work for 70 000 US$.
Had the artist been considered as a ´Cynical Realist´ for a long time, we now state that he has left his former subject long ago. After a series of ´grey paintings´ which were presented by Alexander Ochs in 2003 and in which he broke lose/broke open his – till then – ´undefinable, blood-colored picture rooms (Stephanie Tasch), he now turns to something new: in his latest development, we see three-dimensional perspectives (very unusual in Chinese painting), multi-layered rooms, and even though, the painting seem to be ´flat´ again.
Where, with the help of his older works, the beholder was hit by a ´staged´ impact, the artist nowadays keeps a low profile, bordering on subtlety.
Surely, Yang remains, as far as possible, true to his interpretation of the monocrome-figurative painting and to his subject matter. Though, the individual power as part of China´s social relevance has been replaced by the disclosure of international constitutive violence.
It´s the image of wars, defined by globalism, deriving from Korea, over the Afghanistan conflict, initiated by the Sovjet Union, up to the Irak war. Upon this impression, the artist is creating a new and complex picture world by making use of the inflationary flood of media images. In the associative assemblage of his works, he takes over the role of the ´storyteller´; in the diptychen the artist combines ´frozen contemporary history´ with inner images which are born with no media model.
While Yang Shaobin formerly painted in monocrome red or grey and this got substituted by a series of ´green´ works in 2003, he puts grey paintings along side with turquoise ones as well as pastel-colored beside light-colored works. Only there where he takes up the second reality of TV, Yang returns to his early stage of the almost realistic painting.
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Contact: Nadine Dinter