Wang Dongling exhibition Event as iCalendar

(Creative Events, Gus Fisher Gallery, Fine Arts, Exhibitions)

08 July 2016 - 06 August 2016

Venue: Gus Fisher Gallery

Location: Kenneth Myers Centre, 74 Shortland St, Auckland

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Website: Gus Fisher Gallery

September, 2014, ink on paper, 96 x 180cm.
September, 2014, ink on paper, 96 x 180cm.

Opening: Friday 8 July, 5.30pm

Opening speaker: Dr. Peter Shand, Head of School, Elam School of Fine Arts

Believed to be one of the living masters of traditional Chinese calligraphy Wang Dongling will present a solo show of work at Gus Fisher Gallery from 8 July - 6 August. Collected by The Metropolitan Museum of Art Wang was recently included in an exhibition there as well as a solo show at New York's Chambers Fine Art gallery. Wang's contemporary calligraphic work mines the traditions of calligraphy as text with much of it being named after passages from classical Chinese poems and fables. Wang also frees the marks from visual meaning, extracting its abstracted potential and aligning his practice with the experimental ink movement of the 1990s.

Having studied under the master calligrapher Lin Sanzhi, Chinese calligraphy has its origins in ancient bone inscriptions but has evolved as an artform into contemporary art. Wang Dongling has been painting since he was a child; 'art is my religion' he says. Wang is well-known for his performative works created by dragging a huge brush across ten-metre long rice paper laid out on the floor. The physicality of the process as he walks over the artwork is given gravitas by his training as a judo practitioner. These works are instantaneous and unrehearsed, he says 'the most important elements of calligraphy are lines, points and strokes, followed by skills'.