Courtesy: the artist and Long March Space
Born in Beijing, China in 1962; lives and works in China
Wang is widely recognized as one of China’s leading contemporary artists today. In his work that primarily encompasses sculpture and installation, he challenges ideas of landscape and environment, addressing issues related to its urban, rural, artificial and industrial aspects. In addition to international exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale （Chinese Pavilion, 2003） and major museums worldwide, Wang created a series of outdoor “public” artworks from 2000 to 2004, including New Plan to Patch the Sky, Mount Everest, Inlay the Greal Wall. He is best known for his stainless steel sculpture series titled “Artificial Rock” that adopts the motif of fantastically shaped rock formations, or the “scholars’ rocks,” of traditional Chinese gardens. In this exhibition, his sculpture is placed so that it resonates with the surrounding landscape of Izura and Tenshin-tei, Okakura Tenshin’s residence where he perhaps imagined traditional Chinese gardens.