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Wang Xiaosong (b.1964)
The Gap of Fusion
signed in Chinese; dated '2013' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
150.5 x 100.8 cm. (59 1/4 x 39 11/16 in.)
Painted in 2013
Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Le Nuover Opere Di, Wang Xiaosong, 2013 (illustrated, plate No. 28)
Florence, Italy, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Breaking Boundaries , 2013

Lot Essay

The Gap of Fusion (Lot 53) is Wang Xiaosong's attempt to explore the application of medium. The experience of traveling and living between two worlds, the East and West, coupled with the absorption of a hodgepodge of cultural heritages along the way, has enabled the artist to frame his works of art in the language of Eastern (avoid 'Oreintal' in every content) aesthetics. In other words, he incorporates Minimalism with the abstract nature of Chinese calligraphy. Instead of deciphering the abstract symbols in concrete terms on canvas, Wang employs special treatments - such as pressing, encrusting, fissuring, piercing as well as using ready-made objects - to the canvas, breaking through the limitation of "planes" over the base of easel painting and thus creating a three-dimensional virtual space. In doing so, the artist fuses the spatiality of sculpture with the traditional easel painting, reconstructing a unique sense of temporality blended in the new space. Yet such deconstruction equates not destruction, but rebirth. In The Gap of Fusion , layers and layers of colours of tonal contrast are plastered onto the canvas, rendering a well-rounded structure; the peculiar brushworks of human form lend to a solid and vibrant texture reminiscent of asculpture. Standing in between the 'abstract' and the 'figurative', the conglomeration of the human forms constitutes Wang Xiaosong's ideas of social criticism, whereby demonstrating his concern with and contemplation on the modern society.

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