Part II: The Evolution of Chang Yi - A Shanshui Story

Part I: Chang Yi's "Touch of Red" Touches Hearts in France

Part II: The Evolution of Chang Yi - A Shanshui Story

Part III: A Shanshui Story – Origins of Chang Yi’s Work

Part IV: In Your Heart, a Touch of Red

The Collection: A Touch of Red

YouTube Video: A Touch of Red


A Touch of Red Exhibition

Venue: LIULI Gallery at South Coast Plaza
Exhibition Date: 08/25 - 10/22/2017


The Evolution of Chang Yi - A Shanshui Story

Travel through time and landscapes to uncover the “touch of red” in your own heart

This story begins roughly 1050 years ago, during the Northern Song dynasty, a prolific renaissance in which the arts flourished.  Practiced by the Chinese literati, all arts here began with a brush.  In this way, the “pen” and the “craft” were always inextricably linked.  Literature and knowledge was the foundation for art.  Behind all form was a heavy dose of philosophy and wisdom.

“Life is illusory, dreamlike, fleeting.  And in your heart is a touch of red.”

These are the fundamentals with which Chang Yi developed his repertoire.  Today, Chang has arrived at his magnum opus—a stunning collection of introspective glasswork steeped in culture—after a lifetime of cultivating both wisdom and “brushwork.”  When asked to reflect on his oeuvre at his latest work’s debut in Galerie Capazza in June, Chang Yi noted “Life is illusory, dreamlike, fleeting.  And in your heart is a touch of red.  [It] is an accumulation of countless lifetimes, it is the hope and longing that remains, it is the final declaration.”

This comes from over thirty years of more than artistic evolution, but an evolution of human emotions and cultural philosophies as well.  2002’s Free Mind brought to the world the abstract interpretation of Buddhist philosophies on being true to oneself.  Subsequently, Chang’s Realm of Zen within Fire in 2013 was a poignant collection that erupted passionately from life-altering experiences with death, sorrow, and enlightenment.  Still, as a director, scholar, and writer, Chang navigated the depths of culture and emotions to reveal an even more resonant statement that echoes within all of our hearts.

It is both a lens with which to understand the world and a mirror with which to understand your heart.

“A Touch of Red” is not merely remarkable for its use of light and shadow alone.  The multidimensional work is ever so complex for its ability to merge traditional brushwork and shanshui with contemporary aesthetics.  It is complex for its introspective resonance with the heart and its extroverted view into the world (landscape).  It is both a lens with which to understand the world and a mirror with which to understand your heart.  The work embraces modernism with a fluent mastery of classic literary knowledge and centuries of wisdom.  “A Touch of Red” is layers upon layers of pure emotion and deep philosophy—it is the story of Chang Yi but also the story of Chinese art.

 

 

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