Evelyn Taocheng Wang’s new set of banners works; ink drawings on rice paper framed by fabrics. In this new series, relating to language and specifically to English words ending in -er, Wang has for the first time framed the works in other materials than silk or linen. The works are presented in white and black fake leather, fabric with tiger print, latex, rubber woven material and fake felt.
The inkwash technique of multiple layers of ink and color creates a meditative temperament that references 7th century Chinese scholar painters, and at the same time reflects Wang's own interpretation of Abstract Expressisionsts Mark Rothko and Minimalist Agnes Martin. The huge contrast between the trashiness of the sensual material and delicateness of elegant rice paper and ink creates a new body of inspiration and experience, connected to art history, cultures and identities.
Evelyn Taocheng Wang (China 1981, lives and works in Rotterdam) studied painting in China before attending the Städelschule, Frankfurt. From 2012-2014 she was resident artist at De Ateliers, Amsterdam. She has won the ABN AMRO Art Award (2019) Dolf Henkes Prize (2019) as well as the Dorothea von Stetten Award and the Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prize (both 2016).
Forthcoming are solo exhibitions at Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany; Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany; Hermitage Amsterdam, The Netherlands; as well as group exhibitions at Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; WIELS, Brussels, Belgium and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
She has had solo shows at KevinSpace, Vienna, Austria; FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France; KW – institute for contemporary art, Berlin, Germany; Vrienden van het SMAK, De Vereniging, Ghent, Belgium; Frans Hals Museum | Hallen Haarlem, The Netherlands; and has upcoming solo presentations at Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen as well as one at Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach as an ending of her residency in the city. She has participated in Manifesta 11, Zurich, Switzerland; as well as groupshows at Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany; Vleeshal, Middelburg, The Netherlands. Her performances have been presented at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The Netherlands as well as Documenta 14, Kassel, Germany.
Wang’s work has been collected by amongst others the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, United States; Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, The Netherlands; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The Netherlands and FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France.