LONDON.- Timothy Taylor
announced Ding Yis first solo exhibition in London. Continuing his ongoing investigation, Appearance of Crosses, this show presents seven never-before seen paintings. As one of todays preeminent Chinese contemporary artists Ding Yis work employs a distinctive language of mark- making to examine the function of abstract painting both as a personal form of expression and meditation, as well as a channel through which to consider the rapid socio-political developments of 20th century China.
The seven paintings on show form part of a recently defined new body of work. The series is characterised by an intuitive development in the artists practice - the creation of a sensitive and reactive relationship between woodcut and painting. Borne out of Ding Yis rigorous investigation of materiality, this distinctive new technique allows the artist to imbue his paintings with an even greater sense of space, depth and time, as well as a heightened sensuousness and physicality. Ding Yi states that Appearance of Crosses is an ever evolving sequence in which composition changes gradually from geometrical to dispersive.
Born, raised and educated in Shanghai, Ding Yi continually draws inspiration from the citys physical and philosophical framework. His works are defined both by a language of xs and +s as well as by their grid structure, initially reflective of the fluid architectural milieu of late 1980s Shanghai. Ding Yis tenacious practice operates within a completely self-contained system that avoids social metaphors, while simultaneously observing urbanization and the vast and rapid transformations of contemporary Chinese society.
The first Appearance of Crosses painting was created in 1988 and Ding Yi was considered a part of the important nationwide avant-garde movement of the time, 85 New Wave, as coined by curator and critic Gao Minglu. This was the first contemporary Art Movement that broke away from traditional Chinese aesthetics and represented progressive thought, and the historic importance of this specific moment in China would inevitably influence Ding Yis work for decades to come.
Ding Yis international recognition continues to grow with recent solo exhibitions at Galerie Urs Meile, Switzerland, Ikon Gallery, United Kingdom, Karsten Greve, France/ Switzerland, Museo dArte Moderna de Bologna, Italy, and most recently, his inclusion in the 2016 edition of Art Basel Unlimited. Notable recent solo exhibitions in China have taken place at Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, Long Museum, Shanghai, Changsha City Museum, Changsha, and Minsheng Museum of Art, Shanghai.