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Good stuff of Huang Yong Ping

Good stuff of Huang Yong Ping

黄永砯

Established Fujian-born artist Huang Yong Ping (黄永砯; born 1954) is the subject of a major retrospective over at Power Station in Shanghai. Co-founder of ’80s art group Xiamen Dada (a postmodernist, radical avant-gardegroup formed by Huang Yong Ping with Zha Lixiong, Liu Yiling, Lin Chun and Jiao Yaoming), Huang is one of the most distinguished contemporary artists to emerge from China in the past two decades, well known for his large installations and sculptures.

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Yong Ping philosophical-aesthetic thinking, always singularly independent, and often even nihilistic, strongly highlights the crucial role of skepticism, with which the artist defies the rationalist and anthropocentric hegemony. His artistic language, strong and constantly renewed, is a trans-cultural crossing point between the contemporary expressions and the most traditional influences. With this exhibition, we aim to represent the meeting point for the West and the Non-West, and to put forward debates on cultural identity as well as to challenge ideological and institutional presumptions. The project will eventually be offering a critical analysis of the contemporary geopolitical reality.

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Bâton Serpent III: Spur Track To The Left
is a menagerie of decapitated taxidermy animals spills out over railway tracks from a train carriage suspended at a 30 degree angle in ‘Head’. A fork in the tracks, a ‘spur point to the left’, gives the exhibition its subtitle. ‘Because the PSA’s space is quite open, I wanted to present several routes around the exhibition,’ says Huang. ‘And maybe this is an intersection, but there’s also a clear forking here – with one track pointing up the stairs and one pointing toward the escalator. You can choose to go left or choose to go right, and that’s why we went with this name for the show.’

Good stuff!

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‘It’s important for an artist to think about bigger issues’ .

“I consider the opium trade as a forerunner for today’s globalization: melting trade and the expansion of power. Sublimating the mind, while the body declines. Unveiling the violence and hiding the frolic.”
Huang Yong Ping


Skepticism or scepticism refers to the philosophic position holding that the possibility of knowledge is limited either because of the limitations of the mind or because of the inaccessibility of its object. It is more loosely used to denote any questioning attitude. Extreme skepticism holds that no knowledge is possible, but this is logically untenable since the statement contradicts itself …there is no knowledge beyond how things appear.”

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