Saturday, January 7, 2023

Hoffmann + Maler + Wallenberg is pleased to announce the exhibition of Yanyan Huang: Atlas

Abyss, 2022
Acrylic and ink on canvas
160 x 140 cm

Yanyan Huang: Atlas

Hoffmann + Maler + Wallenberg is pleased to announce the exhibition

On view: 
January 7–February 12, 2023

Hoffmann + Maler + Wallenberg
Villa Poulido 9, Avenue Salonina, 06000 Nice

This is the gallery’s first exhibition with Huang. The show features a large selection of paintings on paper and seven acrylic and ink paintings on canvas, all made in 2022. Atlas is the result of the artist’s three-month stay in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Huang was born in China and grew up in the United States, and today operates in a long tradition of Western painters being influenced by Chinese ink painting and Oriental motifs more generally. She speaks of her practice as dancing with time—both the time it takes to make the work, and the long historical gap between the earliest Chinese calligraphy, made around three thousand years ago during the Shang dynasty, and US Abstract Expressionism, which emerged in the 1950s, both of which are abundantly evident as influences. And indeed, the work dances between ink and acrylic paint, between thick and delicate strokes and swirls, between peaceful gestures and expressive strokes of bright color soaring around the canvas. Huang lets her abstractions act as signifiers of her own subjectivity, which she braids together with contemporary influences as diverse as ceramics, fashion, and advertising. In its intertwining of the generic and the specific, the universal and the unique, the handmade and the disposable, Huang’s project becomes—in its uniquely abstract way—a portrait of selfhood today.

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