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Made by Tiande II

Made by Tiande II
Installation view

Chambers Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening of Made by Tiande II on March 1, 2007. This exhibition is the sequel to Made by Tiande held at Chambers Fine Art in 2004. Born in Shanghai in 1960, Wang Tiande graduated from the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts in 1988. Since ancient times, Zhejiang has been a center of literati culture and during the 1980s when Wang Tiande was a student, it was one of the most important centers of experimental art in China. Unlike many of his contemporaries who rejected traditional Chinese methods of expression, Wang Tiande embraced it as a source of inspiration. As he has said: “While my friends turned to oil painting, I redefined ink painting and calligraphy, the most value-laden of China’s art forms.”

For the Digital Series of 2004, Wang Tiande created a series of works in which inscriptions in running script were glimpsed through layers of Chinese hand-made paper, the surface if which was punctuated by freely executed characters burnt into the surface. Developing this technique, for the current exhibition he has created a remarkable six meter long scroll based on the scenery around Mount Gushan in Hangzhou, China. This is accompanied by a series of photographs in which the same imagery is created using different means. As Zheng Shengtian has remarked: “Every time Tiande burns paper, “ashes of words” remain on the floor of his studio. Now, he piles up these ashes in the Shape of mountains. Then, by using a camera and computer, he recreates remarkably life-like landscapes. At first glance, this is merely playful, but in reality it embodies deep philosophical meanings. The ashes of traditional culture, re-made by the artist, are given infinite vitality.”

*A catalog designed by the artist will be available.