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A 70-Meter-Wide Installation by Artist Yang Yongliang Immerses Viewers in a Galactic Cityscape

July 24, 2020

Grace Ebert

…Residing in Shanghai and New York, Yang often juxtaposes modern, industrial life and organic elements to produce dystopian environments that question human progress. “Ancient Chinese people painted landscapes to praise the greatness of nature; Yang’s works, on the other hand, lead towards a critical re-thinking of contemporary reality,” said a statement about a similarly foreboding project. To explore more of the artist’s digital work and follow his upcoming projects, check out his Instagram and Vimeo.   “Journey to the Dark II” (2019), video installation, 12 × 70 meters, 12,600 × 2,160 pixels. All images © Yongliang Yang, shared with permission…

 

 



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Artist Yang Yongliang Imagines the Bleak Effects of Industrialization in Dense Photographic Collages

November 1, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Yang Yongliang, Endless Streams, 2017. Single Channel 4K video, 7’00”, © Yang Yongliang / Courtesy Galerie Paris-Beijing In these stark photographic collages that seem to possess the infinite density of a fractal, artist Yang Yongliang (previously) questions unchecked industrialization, the impact of climate change, and pressing social issues in his native China. Each image seems to suggest a post-apocalyptic future where the forces of urbanization collide with the natural world, creating a drab black and white dystopia. “The artist keeps developing a critic approach to reality while searching for a spiritual source in his country’s relentless march between technological progress…

 

 



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From the New World: A Sprawling Digital Collage of a Dystopian Future by Yang Yongliang

May 28, 2014

Christopher Jobson

From the New World, 13′ x 26′ (400cm x 800cm), Epson Ultragiclee print on Epson fine art paper In his largest artwork to date, Chinese artist Yang Yongliang (previously here and here) just unveiled From the New World, a sprawling digital collage depicting an overpopulated, futuristic landscape completely overrun with construction, debris, and high-rise skyscrapers. The new artwork is a continuation of Yongliang’s ongoing commentary about the devastating effects of unchecked development and industrialization through the use of dense, photography-based collage. From the New World measures almost 26 feet wide (800cm) by 13 feet tall, and while it’s impossible to…

 

 



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Picturesque Chinese Landscapes are Actually Disguised Photos of Landfills

February 28, 2013

Christopher Jobson

Take a few steps back or perhaps just squint your eyes and these images by artist Yao Lu might resemble traditional Chinese landscape paintings of cliffs, waterfalls, and mountains. Look a bit closer and your perspective may change. Lu digitally assembles each of her images using photographs of landfills and other aspects of urbanization draped in green mesh to mimic idyllic scenery. Similar to the recent work of Yang Yongliang featured on this blog just last week, Lu seems to be making a thinly-veiled commentary on the encroaching ecological threat of urbanization. See much more over at Bruce Silverstein Gallery….

 

 



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The Silent City: Digitally Assembled Futuristic Megalopolises by Yang Yongliang

February 18, 2013

Christopher Jobson

Sleepless Wonderland, Lightbox, 2012 Sleepless Wonderland, Lightbox, 2012 (detail) Sleepless Wonderland, Lightbox, 2012 (detail) Sleepless Wonderland, Lightbox, 2012 (detail) Snake and Grenade, Lightbox, 2012 Snake and Grenade, Lightbox, 2012 (detail) Wolf and Landmines, Lightbox, 2012 Full Moon, Lightbox, 2012 Bowl of Tapei No. 03, 2012 Bowl of Tapei No. 04, 2012 Chinese artist Yang Yongliang (previously) recently released three new bodies of work that will be on view at Galerie Paris-Beijing from from March 14th to April 27th, 2013. Born in Shanghai in 1980, Yongliang is known for his sprawling photographic collages that depict the devastating effects of uncontrolled urbanisation…

 

 

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