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Liang Yuanwei's solo exhibition at Xi'an OCAT

Liang Yuanwei’s solo exhibition “OVAL”, curated by Karen Smith is on view at Xi’an OCAT Contemporary Art Terminal. The exhibition will continue until Feb. 28th, 2016.


The title of Liang Yuanwei’s exhibition refers to the process of creating the works it presents; a suite of 16 paintings of various dimensions, each completed in the year prior to the exhibition. The paintings relate to each other in sequential form one to the next, such that from the first to the last, the artist’s concept comes full circle, having arrived at a new, elevated level of clarity.


Viewers might also understand the reference to oval as a circular path through the exhibition; one that the artist has designed for us, for there is one specific route through the painting, which she asks us to follow. Thus, in pre-ordained fashion, visitors are instructed to move through the exhibition in accordance with the number sequence that is inscribed beneath each painting, one through sixteen. The goal here is to hand viewers the tools to accompany Liang Yuanwei on the journey she took to create the paintings, and to experience a similar process of discovery. This should include visitors becoming aware of the shifts and inflections of progress in the language at it evolved, and of the occasional awkward moment when the artist was wrong-footed, as texture, tonality and combinations of colour resulted in unanticipated effects. The full journey of this process is rounded out by the presence of three early works from 2005 and 2008, located in the small room at the end point of the exhibition. These are variously unfinished and illustrate how decisions were taken in the early stages of this approach.