Yehan Wang, Shanghai Member Since July 2009 Artist Statement What I loved about paintings for were their lines, the brightness and shades, the structures and the colors within them, which were basically all the elements that contributed to the tableau.
Driven by intuition and stubbornness, I have now become a bona fide formalist and I am convinced that it is the DNA inside of me which has made me grown fond of forms…it seems I have set up a unique system for handling of painting materials and painstakingly searched and successfully invented the ways to ensure smooth operation within this system.. I have transformed the creation of artworks into the kind of repetitive task that Sisyphus is bound to complete, or into a meaningless self-growing process. The process starts with emptiness, followed by the blossoming of elements, dots, embryos, patches and structures as its turn comes, until these elements fill the space, cause the inner explosion and, eventually, overflow…at such a destination, the world displayed before me is no more than a stippled painting. The painting materials, which are of the thing-in-itself nature, do not appear in paintings in form of metaphor, but in form of dense arrays, and only at such a destination, I am surprised to find myself having been free to explore the boundless sky.
My works are my forms, and I never really care about the connotations, meanings and any other qualities which are said to be able to enhanced artworks. There are no intrinsic characteristics hidden in my works, what you see on the surface are intrinsic in itself. Form, for me, is the content. And form in itself is the meaning. Without form, content cannot exist; by the same token, without content, form will only seem meaningless. I believe when someone is creating a form, he is also presenting the content, and the content is that someone himself.
Each object is an emblem in itself and can neither be experienced nor interpreted. Each object is like a mystery. It reveals the basics of its own presence and nature. The relationship of the canvas and the pigments is the only real facts of my paintings. The process of making an abstract painting may continue even though it is physically completed, it will not stop as long as it is capable of causing the viewers to feel new feelings… Artworks, just like clouds, are capable of extending their mysteries by the nourishing of the new feelings they bring to the viewers.