Eli Klein Fine Art is pleased to present Wang Yang’s first solo exhibition in New York. Into His Dreams, a new series of acrylic on canvas paintings in a variation of scales, will be on view in our Gallery B.
In Wang Yang’s whimsical world, humans have abandoned their most frivolous creations and left them to their pets. Dogs, cats, birds, and one pig revel in the joys of a domesticated utopia complete with water sprinklers, ferris wheels, manicured lawns, and abandoned mansions. Overpopulated, highly detailed scenes such as Paradise bring to mind the Dutch master Brueghel whose genre scenes also featured animals frolicking. Departing from depictions of animals as religious and mythical allegories or to represent the human subjects’ characteristics, Wang Yang portrays animals simply with poise and discernible training, revealing little about the disposition of each beast. However, born into a world of our human perspective, her subjects continue to engage in animal behavior, napping, sniffing and copulating.
With a disciplined hand and years of study, Wang Yang brings the paintings’ muted palette, unambiguous settings, precisely rendered body parts, and understated mastery of perspective together in a story of animals uninhibited and independent from humanity. The combinations of stark buildings, sparse trees, and illuminated lights against gray skies and pink sunsets in her compositions create a landscape both dim and charming as humans have exited this place where animals have learned to live serenely and harmlessly.
Wang Yang was born in Shanghai, China and graduated from the Graphic Design Department of Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. She currently lives and works in Beijing.
The exhibition will be on view at Eli Klein Fine Art from March 3rd through March 31st, 2011 and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. The artist will be present for the opening reception on Thursday, March 3rd from 6 - 9 PM.
For further information, please contact the gallery at (212) 255-4388 or firstname.lastname@example.org.