Lives and Works: Beijing
Li Gang experiments with various aesthetic possibilities through a wide range of media, from painting and photography to installation and sculpture. His choice of material is unorthodox: trash, traditional pencils, measuring tape or asymmetrical stones. He is interested in ordinary, everyday objects, because he tries to change them into something poetic and special.
For example does he join large pebble stones with glue, which he uses like modeling clay, thus creating a shape that harmoniously connects the different ridges of the stones. Li Gang’s paintings are situated between figuration and abstraction. The canvases are made of handmade hemp string and were produced in Li Gang’s hometown in Yunnan province. Their subjects are enlarged details of famous masterpieces or of his own sketches. Depending on the light conditions the structure of the canvas and the shiny oil color develop their own pattern, which breaks the depiction and transforms the painting into an object.
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