Tang Yongxiang: Process of Elimination
Tang Yongxiang has often mentioned in interviews, ‘…even if I am unsure exactly what an object really is, there will always be a certain ‘object’ captured. It is this ‘thing’ that will be facing you. However you may paint it, it will never quite be enough.’ Akin to discovering a scene cleared away just after an accident, Tang Yongxiang is interested in revealing a trove of submerged pieces. This idea of an underlying current with each individual eye produces a unique effect to unravel all kinds of clues and generate new connections. The relationship between human identity and its dark side is buried within the painting. Or viewed from another perspective: after a process of cleansing vestiges of memory, they can be regarded as the final remnants reduced into purified symbols - together they convey an unceasing reflection and exploration with each creation.
Sleeping Portrait, 2014
Oil on canvas
Tang Yongxiang (b.1977, Hubei) graduated with a Master’s Degree in Hubei Institute of Fine Arts and currently lives and works in Beijing. Exhibitions include major solo shows at Magician Space, Beijing (2014) and Hemuse Gallery, Beijing (2012). Other selected exhibitions include: Today Art Museum, Beijing (2011); Ho-Am gallery, Korea (2008); Beyond gallery, Shenzhen (2008); New gallery, Shanghai (2008); and Soka Art Center, Beijing (2008).