Yuan Zeqiang: The Garden of Forking Paths



Yuan Zeqiang: The Garden of Forking Paths



Artists: Yuan Zeqiang

Curator: Wenfei

Opening: 22nd Nov. 2015, 16:00

Exhibition Dates: 22nd Nov. - 21st Dec.2015



Following the Hive·Becoming III  Tropical Symptoms: Yuan Zeqiang's Solo Exhibition in 2013, Hive Center for Contemporary Art will feature the artist's new solo exhibition The Garden of Forking Paths on Nov. 22nd, 2015. The exhibition is curated by Wenfei and will be presented at Hall B.


In the Garden of Forking Paths, Jorge Luis Borges predicts a way of temporal perception: it is no longer homogeneous linear time, but takes on many complicated traits of space. Yuan Zeqiang shows a similar status in his paintings, in which he not only reflects the “fragmentality” of the contemporary perceptive mode, but also juxtaposes images of disparate times according to the logic of montage, like weaving an all-inclusive web of time in the “garden” of a surrealistic style.


In many of Yuan Zeqiang’s works, scenery in a tone of green dominates the picture, which resembles corners of a “garden”. Renaissance gardens rests on the modern rational planning of urban space, so regular geometric shapes and symmetric composition became the basic constructive pattern of the Renaissance gardens and parks. Although he adopts industrial grass powder to add a texture of “turf” to the scenes and constructs a seemingly organized visual appearance, Yuan parodies the Renaissance-style gardens by switching the structural relationship among things so as to subvert the stability of its spatial structure.


In effect, “collage” is an accustomed technique in Yuan Zeqiang’s creation, and he would even “re-create” directly on a photo. The emergence of photography has, as a matter of fact, advanced the application of “collage” in modern artistic creation. A photo is the taker’s “capture” of the real world and by nature a “collage” of time and space. Unlike painting, a photo should rather regarded as a “trace” of something: when a thing fades fatefully away with the passing of time, its two-dimensional copies would be reduced to a kind of “decontextualized” signifiers. As Susan Sontag put it, photography is inherently surrealistic – perhaps just because photography resets space and time in reality by means of “collage”.


In addition, Yuan Zeqiang’s embraces numerous images in a “critical state”, such as passages, entrances and exits, windows and doors. Not only does Yuan show the synchronicity in the existence of things through these images of space, but he also attempts to respond to the classical topics in art history. For instance, in the serious of Fixed Point and Culmination, Yuan suspends the concrete physical images and refers to a certain way of observation and reflection in terms of the principle of perspective in a more abstract manner. And in other works with tunnels or passages as basic spatial structures, Yuan still employs the perspective composition, but, through techniques like collage and transplantation, produces visual effects that violate the spatial logic of perspective, so as to probe into the significance of perspective in a contemporary context with the multi-viewpoint and dynamic approach of montage.


Yuan Zeqiang


1989       Born in Ningxiang, Hunan Province

2012      Graduated from the Oil Painting Department of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, BA

Currently works and lives in Guangzhou.


Solo Exhibition


2015       The Garden of Forking Paths: Yuan Zeqiang Solo Exhibition, Hive Center for                          Contemporary Art, Beijing

              Relation Key - Exhibition by Yuan Zeqiang, Sabaki Art Space, Guangzhou

2013       Hive ·Becoming III Tropical Symptoms: The Solo Exhibition of Yuan Zeqiang, Hive                      Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing


Group Exhibitions


2015       Institution Production - Ecology Investigation of Contemporary Art of Young                            Guangzhou Artists, Guangzhou Museum of Art, Guangzhou

2014      Artron·Poly New Power, Beijing

              Ivy Art Project 2014: the 1st Exhibition of Chinese Young Artists, Inside-out Museum,             Beijing

              UP-YOUTH: China Young Artists Exhibition, Times Museum, Guangzhou

2012      Fresh Glimpse, Other Gallery, Beijing

              New Star – Works of Five Main Academies of Art in China, Music Garden of East                   District of Chengdu, Chengdu

              Passing the Parcel Exhibition Tour, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou

2011      Desheng Art Workshop I, Desheng Contemporary Art Space, Shunde

2010      Exhibition of Outdoor Sketches of Yingshicheng Studios, College Town Museum of Art,           Guangzhou

2009      Fork in the Road, College Town Museum of Art, Guangzhou


Yuan Zeqiang: The Garden of Forking Paths

DATE: Nov 22 - Dec 21, 2015

ADDRESS: E06,798 Art Zone, No.4 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China


ARTIST: Yuan Zeqiang