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Huang Zhiyang

Huang Zhiyang (黄致阳, Huang Chih-Yang) was born in 1965 in Taipei, Taiwan, and graduated from the Taipei Chinese Cultural University in 1989 majoring in Chinese traditional ink painting. He is renowned for his ink and oil paintings of repetitive, triangular organic shapes, a form he has employed in works from figurative scroll paintings to the phallic sculptures shown in the Taiwan Pavilion at the 1995 Venice Biennale. Huang’s triangular shapes are his abstract expression of patterns found on leaves and in microscopic views of bacteria. They are likewise a reference to the texture stroke technique employed in ink landscape paintings and sculptures, combining a traditional technique with a contemporary aesthetic.

“… In my view, it’s always important to consider matters from the vantage point of a bit of time and distance. Consequently, I tend to view life from the sidelines, deliberately maintaining some distance from the mainstream, seemingly ‘drifting away’ from the main currents of everyday life. ‘Drifting away’ for me, usually means questioning my surroundings and the status quo. You could say I've developed an attitude towards life that I adhere to, where I intentionally keep some distance from the mainstream and from what might be considered central to others. For most, contemporary art is widely accepted as integral to every day life. However, this does not mean that trends in contemporary art can solve all of life's problems nor become part of the mainstream.

“Most so-called ‘Contemporary Art’ is no more than a byproduct or phenomenon needed to meet the demands of the marketplace and our endless appetite for the latest consumer products and spectacle. Today, much of ‘Contemporary Art’ never goes beyond creating faint shadows of societal reality, images so far removed from reality that they often appear fake and vulgar. Unlike ‘Modern Art’ of the past, which sought to depict the heavy weight of reality and flesh-and-blood activities, today's ‘Contemporary Art’ often lacks meaning and substance, typically conforming to what is popular – and superficial – in every day life. So in my view, it is time to find a more appropriate term for what passes these days as ‘Contemporary Art’.” – Huang Zhiyang

Huang  Zhiyang has been exhibited extensively throughout New York, Hong Kong, Paris, Taiwan, and Germany, and has shown at the National Art Museum of China (Beijing) and Shanghai World Expo. In 1995 he was the feature artist of the Taiwan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and has earned his way into the collections of UBS Bank (Switzerland), US State Department’s Art in Embassies Program, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, and Hong Kong Museum of Art. He has a permanent public installation in Xintiandi, Shanghai, and a retrospective of his work was held at the National Museum of China on Tiananmen Square in Beijing from March to April 2014.

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Works - Zoon

Zoon 1201.1
Zoon 1201.1
Mixed media
240 x 70 cm
2012
Zoon 1201.2
Zoon 1201.2
Mixed media
240 x 70 cm
2012
Zoon 1202.1
Zoon 1202.1
Mixed media
240 x 70 cm
2012
Zoon 1202.3
Zoon 1202.3
Mixed media
240 x 70 cm
2012
Zoon 1204.2
Zoon 1204.2
Mixed media
240 x 70 cm
2012
Zoon 1205.1
Zoon 1205.1
Mixed media
240 x 70 cm
2012
Zoon 1205.2
Zoon 1205.2
Mixed media
240 x 70 cm
2012
Zoon - Dreamscap...
Zoon - Dreamscape No. 0807
Mixed media
240 x 140 cm
2008
Zoon - Dreamscap...
Zoon - Dreamscape No. 1304
Mixed media
135 x 150 cm
2013
Zoon - Dreamscap...
Zoon - Dreamscape No. H1104
Mixed media
50 x 100 cm
2011
Zoon - Dreamscap...
Zoon - Dreamscape No. 1033 Zoon-密视1033
Mixed media 综合媒材
120 x 70 cm
2010
Zoon - Dreamscap...
Zoon - Dreamscape No. 1036 Zoon-密视1036
Mixed media 综合媒材
50 x 100 cm
2010

 

Works - Three Marks

Three Marks Move...
Three Marks Movement No. 1305
Ink and mineral watercolor on silk
160 x 140 cm
2013
Three Marks Move...
Three Marks Movement No. 1306
Ink and mineral watercolor on silk
160 x 140 cm
2013

 

Works - Sculpture

Processing Numer...
Processing Numerous Peaks No. S-1209
Marble
63 x 35 x 18 cm
2012
Processing Numer...
Processing Numerous Peaks No. S-1210
Marble
69 x 37 x 24 cm
2012
Processing Numer...
Processing Numerous Peaks No. S-1212
Marble
67 x 30 x 40 cm
2012
Processing Numer...
Processing Numerous Peaks No. S-1214
Marble
45 x 33 x 40 cm
2012
Processing Numer...
Processing Numerous Peaks No. S-1216
Marble
66 x 25 x 41 cm
2012
Processing Numer...
Processing Numerous Peaks No. S-1217
Marble
75 x 24 x 36 cm
2012
Processing Numer...
Processing Numerous Peaks No. S-1219
Marble
72 x 31 x 48 cm
2012
Processing Numer...
Processing Numerous Peaks No. S-1221
Marble
58 x 25 x 53 cm
2012
Processing Numer...
Processing Numerous Peaks No. S-1226
Marble
23 x 11 x 15 cm
2012
Processing Numer...
Processing Numerous Peaks No. S-1227
Marble
33.5 x 22 x 18.5 cm
2012
Processing Numer...
Processing Numerous Peaks No. S-1228
Marble
28 x 13 x 16 cm
2012
Processing Numer...
Processing Numerous Peaks No. S-1229
Marble
27 x 18 x 17 cm
2012
Processing Numer...
Processing Numerous Peaks No. S-1231
Marble
62 x 26 x 35 cm
2012
Auspicious Beast...
Auspicious Beast - Gilded Cocoons
Bronze sculpture with gold leaf
2009

Auspicious Beast...
Auspicious Beast No. 1
Bronze sculpture with gold leaf
90 x 50 x 115 cm
2008
Auspicious Beast...
Auspicious Beast - Pio Pio
Bronze sculpture with gold leaf
140 x 95 x 135 cm
2008

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