Posted in DocumentaryMichael Cherney

Catch a glimpse of life-Liang Quan

Catch a glimpse of life—Liang Quan , 2020, 1 min 27 s

Video: Liang Quan
Editor: Q Lin

Catch a glimpse of life—Liang Quan

“When I went back to Shanghai to move to a new place to live, I came across a wooden washboard that had been used by my grandmother. And I had a moment of enlightenment. The structure of a washboard is like a mounted painting. The upper and lower parts of a washboard are comparable to the silk brocades mounted above and below a painting; and the part in the middle of a washboard is just like a painting surface.”

In the past two months, we have invited our artists to record video clips that offer glimpses of their life and thoughts during quarantine. In this video, Liang Quan will talk about some of his recent thoughts and show viewers glimpses of his apartment.

Liang Quan figures prominently among both Chinese ink painters and Chinese abstract artists. After 2000, Liang cuts painted xuan paper into strips and pieces, which he then layers onto abstract compositions using traditional methods of mounting. For Liang, both structural order and literati sentiments are essential for a painting. He once explained: “I like abstract compositions, though the tone of my painting is figurative. My paintings present the rhythm of traditional landscape painting.”

“回上海搬家,看到外婆的洗衣板,突然悟到了。洗衣板的结构就像裱好的画,上下是绫边,中间是结构。”

2020上半年,我们暂停了展览开放。画廊联合艺术家推出了“Catch a Glimpse of Life”系列短片,艺术家们亲自录制了特殊时期居家创作与生活的片断。在下面这段视频中,梁铨将谈到他最近的一些想法,并拍摄了他住所中的一隅。

梁铨的作品经常被归类为水墨画和抽象画。在这两个类别中,梁铨皆被认为是最为重要的艺术家之一。从2000年开始,梁铨将有色彩或墨色的宣纸裁剪或撕为条带状或块状,然后以传统托裱的方式将这些碎块反反复复地叠加、拼贴在画面上,形成具有抽象性的构图。在梁铨看来,绘画既需要秩序,也要天趣;既要有结构,也要有文人性。他曾经说道:“我喜欢带有抽象意味的东西,但是我整个画作的情调是具象的,画面实际呈现出的是中国山水画的节奏。”

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