Zhou Yan Contemporary Chinese Art Archive 周彦当代中国艺术档案



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Oil Painting


This piece is comprised of fifteen paintings. Each canvas depicts part of a glass water bottle. The water bottles are primarily red with multi-colored highlights. The water bottles are either cut off by the edge of the canvas, or they transgress the borders and take up the space of more than one canvas. The bottles are painted with Yang's signature bold, erratic, and expressive brush strokes. The conspicuous brush strokes may suggest a feeling of affliction or discontentment. There seems to be a powerful feeling within the brush strokes, as they might represent the artist's swiftness, vigor, precision, and intensity. In contrast to the red bottles, the background is covered in incomplete sketches of more bottles, perhaps suggesting a conversation on isolation. For more on the artist's fascination with "solitariness", see https://digital.kenyon.edu/zhoudocs/370/ (Nicole Wang '26).



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