Liang Shaoji's large-scale spatial installation “Drunken Sun” was originally commissioned by the Zhejiang Art Museum in 2020. Revolving around “Shan Hai Jing”, the major source of Chinese mythology, this work expands Liang’s engagement with the diversity of material, content and spatial presentation. The artist has introduced sound and scent elements into his three-plus decades of experiments with silkworms, seeking to provoke our thoughts on the origin of life and nature; through poetic transformation, clues drawn from ancient legends become obscured in the music of ocarinas and silkworms alongside the smell of wine, which constitute a massive, yet intoxicating image of the world.
On view from 27 December 2022, ShanghART Beijing is delighted to present this multimedia installation work that integrates the senses of sight, sound and smell. This will also be its first display in Beijing. What kind of fresh interaction does it have with the gallery space? We believe that every visitor to the exhibition will gain a unique experience of their own.
About the Artist
Liang Shaoji was born in Shanghai, 1945. For 1986 to 1989, he studied soft sculpture from Maryn Varbanov at China Academy of Art who was one of the world's leading tapestries. For more than thirty years, Liang has been indulged in the interdisciplinary creation in terms of art and biology, installation and sculpture, new media and textile. His Nature Series sees the life process of silkworms as creation medium, the interaction in natural world as his artistic language, time and life as the essential idea. His works are fulfilled with a sense of meditation, philosophy and poetry while illustrating the inherent beauty of silk.
Selected exhibitions: Liang Shaoji: A Silky Entanglement, Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2021-2022); The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles), Smart Museum of Art (Chicago), U.S.A. (2019-2020); Liang Shaoji: As If, M Woods Museum, Beijing (2018); The Curitiba International Biennale, Oscar Niemeyer Museum, Curitiba, Brazil (2017); Liang Shaoji: Cloud Above Cloud, Museum of China Academy of Art, Hangzhou (2016); Liang Shaoji: Back to Origin, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai (2015); Art of Change, Hayward Gallery, London (2012); The 5th Biennale d'Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon (2000); The 48th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale, Venice (1999); The 6th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (1999); China/Avant-Garde Art Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing (1989) etc.
Liang was awarded the Chinese Contemporary Art Awards (CCAA) in 2002 and the Dutch Prince Claus Awards in 2009.