Liang Wei

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Liang Wei is a painter and video artist based in Beijing. She graduated from L’Art Plastiques Universite Des Sciences Humanines De Strasbourg, France in 1999.

Liang Wei’s working method mirrors the fractured state of the physical world, in which old things and ideas are demolished, broken up, reused, and bastardized in order to create new realities. Objects overlap each other, merge or destroy each other. However, in this process the artist has given them new potential. By giving objects on her canvases almost organic properties, their virtual life force is combined with viewers’ imagination to create morphogenic potential for new objects and narratives to emerge. In her work, Liang Wei wants to create a disruption; through that mechanism you enter into her domain where we find our mind connecting lines to forge forms, and structure a world after our own imagining and sensory experience.

There are two important points of reference that give Liang Wei’s work a unique structure. First is artificial intelligence and the symbiotic relationship between physical reality and the virtual, and the second is classical ideas of composition. AI is a kind of computer based organism, using programs to ‘grow’ programs, and these programs reshape reality. Liang Wei has found this to be a powerful metaphor for her way of constructing images. At the same time, the Chinese idea of the landscape with multiple vanishing points, perspectives, and stories convey painting as a macrocosm, a whole world compressed in time and space. This has allowed Liang Wei ‘grow’ compositions organically without needing to worry about one common point of view. However, more recently, she has drawn on the sense of movement and drama that early Christian painting uses to convey biblical stories. As a result, there is more solidity to the forms that appear on her canvas, bringing the characters, rather than topography, to the foreground of her image.

Liang Wei’s work has been shown in “Out of Ink”, Pera Museum, Istanbul; “Before Itself”, Magician Space, Beijing; “.com/.cn”, K11 Art Foundation, MoMA PS1, Hong Kong, Shanghai; “The Garden of Diversion”, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing; “Place of Residence-with Artists from Brazil and China”, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai; “Moving Image In China 1988–2011”, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai; “City Net Asia 2007”, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul; The 12th Kolkata Film Festival; “China Power Station”, Battersea Power Station, London.

Before Itself, exhibition view

Vague Necessity, installation view

Converted Instant, 2020, acrylic on canvas, watercolor pencil, ink pencil, 160 x 220 cm

Memories Converge, 2017, acrylic on canvas, watercolor pencil, ink pencil, 140 x 200 cm

Near the Entrance, 2016, acrylic on canvas, ink, water-soluble marker pen, 140 x 190cm

Not Retained, 2017, acrylic on canvas, watercolor pencil, ink pencil, 130 x 170 cm

From Tomorrow, 2018, acrylic on canvas, watercolor pencil, ink pencil, 140 x 190 cm