“The ‘Tao’ of Nature” will present Yang Zhiling’s recent achievements in the medium of watercolour. His method of “flowing colours” develops the characteristics of this aqueous art of nature to their fullest extent. His process, characterized by ever-changing hues which are at once “flowing” and “painting”, necessitates a tilting of the canvas to control the flow and direction of the colours and forms; it also requires the constant addition of more colours, flowing, tilting and adding until he achieves the desired result. This method embodies a kind of visual logic which could be described as “modelling through flowing water,” which has a strong connection to the “intervention” in the Western oil painting tradition. It is a body of work which embodies the poetic charm of the East, while at the same time subverting the Chinese ink painting tradition.
Part of the VIVA 2018 Festival programme in collaboration with the China Cultural Centre.