digitally manipulated black and white image; futuristic landscape with mountains made up of skyscrapers and houses; power plants and construction sites; electrical poles and towers; large mountains, streams, rocks, and rivers; silver leaf at front of scroll; gold label with text on exterior; clear plastic rollers

%C2%A9 Yang Yongliang

Artificial Wonderland II - Taigu Descendants, 2016

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Yang Yongliang creates digitally manipulated photo collages that, when viewed from a distance, mirror the tranquility and contemplative nature of traditional painted Chinese landscapes. This print appears to be a traditional scroll, depicting both water and mountain scenes across its great expanse. Yet when viewed up close, the work reveals itself to be composed of contemporary photographs of cities, particularly its skyscrapers and construction sites. Throughout the print, skyscrapers make up craggy mountain peaks and electrical towers create dense forests. In manipulating traditional landscapes, Yang Yongliang emphasizes the changing relationships between humans and the natural world. He also addressed the tradition in Chinese art history for artists to reference the styles that have come before them.

Contemporary Chinese artists are often caught in a dilemma: while they see themselves as links in a long artistic chain, they often strive to loosen those links. Yang Yongliang is at once singularly classical and refreshingly contemporary. While his composition shares the compositional scheme and spirit of traditional landscape painting, his digitally manipulated image—superimposing scenes of modern urban life over images of peaks and waterfalls—is truly innovative and unprecedented. He has not only captured the otherworldliness of sacred mountains, like many masterpieces created before him, but also the drama of modern life and its threat to nature.

digitally manipulated black and white image; futuristic landscape with mountains made up of skyscrapers and houses; power plants and construction sites; electrical poles and towers; large mountains, streams, rocks, and rivers; silver leaf at front of scroll; gold label with text on exterior; clear plastic rollers

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