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Yang Yongliang and The Modern Metropolis

Upon first glance, Yang Yongliang’s photographs appear as dreamlike Chinese paintings, not unlike those he studied extensively as a student of traditional art at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. However, upon closer inspection, one finds that his works are cleverly crafted from digital photographs of China’s bustling cities, and then manipulated into haunting imaginary landscapes that critique China’s rapidly changing built environment.

A young artist, born in 1980, Yongliang is a resident of Shanghai, China who depends heavily on his a camera and a laptop computer to make his art. Using only these tools—and a knowledge of traditional Chinese painting traditions—Yongliang invents urban scenes that depict skyscrapers under construction, freeway systems, electrical power plants, and bustling urban corridors. His compositions starkly reveal the impacts of technological progress that China has undergone over past decades.

Yongliang is among a generation of young artists who came of age after the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and therefore embraces a level of artistic freedom that is not common among past generations of Chinese artists. This exhibition will be the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States.

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  • Chinese Landscapes

    Sunday August 29, 2010 / 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Tour Yang Yongliang and view his beautiful and mysterious contemporary Chinese landscapes. In the classroom, families will create their own landscapes using ink and collage. Admission to hands/ON! is free and is sponsored by the City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission, the Mathewson CLAT #5, the Terry Lee Wells Foundation, the Reno Gazette Journal, and the Sato Foundation. One-hour sessions beginning at noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. Bring the entire family for this free, fun program featuring hands-on art projects and gallery activities for all ages. Space is limited to the first 60 participants for each hour of the program.

Yang Yongliang, Viridescence, Stock World, 2009. Inkjet print on paper, 16 x47 inches. Courtesy of the artist and LIMN Gallery, San Francisco.

Yang Yongliang, Untitled # 5 from the Heavenly City series, 2008. Inkjet print on paper, 30 x 50 inches. Courtesy of the artist and LIMN Gallery, San Francisco.

Yang Yongliang and The Modern Metropolis