+ Yang Maoyuan



We saw Yang Maoyuan’s work for the first time last year in Berlin at the Alexander Ochs Galleries, which is located both in Berlin and Bejing. They represent Yang Maoyuan’s work. Yang was born in Dalian, Liaoning Province in China in 1966 and has a very large and divers body of work that ranges from paintings to large sculptures. Above are Marble and Bronze busts that Yang worked on between 2006 – 2007. 

These caught my eye directly when we saw them last year in Berlin. The way the faces are partially erased, the eyes look like they’re closed, but all this manipulated by the artist. The Bronze busts have such impact where the faces are shiny bronze versus the black matte of the rest of the bust. The removed parts have made place for helmet looking shapes. The shiny bronze areas become somewhat detached from the face itself. However with the marble busts this doesn’t happen, Yang has manipulated the face and manipulates how we see and what we see of the expression on the person’s face. 

Below is the sculpture named:“The Mongolian Horse” from 2008. The sculpture is made out of inflated horse skin. It’s an amazing piece. If you ever have the chance to see Yang’s sculptures or Drawings, I would highly recommend it. I am not a fan of his paintings.

artwork_images_93_436611_-yangmaoyuan20090322184829马 No.2 2001 雕塑(马皮染色 充气气囊) 280X180X200cm  Horse No.2 2001 Sculpture, Horse skin dyed and inflated 280X180X200cmYangMaoyuan_03yangmaoyuan_ESSAYS1-02335014


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