Ding Yi at Timothy Taylor Gallery

Ding Yi at Timothy Taylorimage courtesy by Timothy Taylor Gallery 

Ding Yi at Timothy Taylor Gallery
Timothy Taylor Gallery, New York
From 19 May to 8 July 2017

 

Timothy Taylor is honoured to announce Ding Yi’s first solo exhibition in London. Continuing his ongoing investigation, Appearance of Crosses, this show will present seven never-before seen paintings. As one of today’s preeminent Chinese contemporary artists Ding Yi’s work employs a distinctive language of mark- making to examine the function of abstract painting both as a personal form of expression and meditation, as well as a channel through which to consider the rapid socio-political developments of 20th century China.

 

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The seven paintings on show form part of a recently defined new body of work. The series is characterised by an intuitive development in the artist’s practice – the creation of a sensitive and reactive relationship between woodcut and painting. Borne out of Ding Yi’s rigorous investigation of materiality, this distinctive new technique allows the artist to imbue his paintings with an even greater sense of space, depth and time, as well as a heightened sensuousness and physicality. Ding Yi states that Appearance of Crosses is an “ever evolving sequence in which composition changes gradually from geometrical to dispersive”.

 

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The first Appearance of Crosses painting was created in 1988 and Ding Yi was considered a part of the important nationwide avant-garde movement of the time, 85 New Wave, as coined by curator and critic Gao Minglu. This was the first contemporary Art Movement that broke away from traditional Chinese aesthetics and represented progressive thought, and the historic importance of this specific moment in China would inevitably influence Ding Yi’s work for decades to come.

 

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