ART OF THE TREASURE HUNT
From Where Comes Your Voice?
Curated by Maria Rus Bojan
1 June to 15 October 2019
Performance at Palazzo Strozzi, 27 June 2019
Yahon Chang participates in Art of the Treasure Hunt, an annual event held in Tuscany, Italy that showcases leading contemporary artists in the Chianti region’s top wineries.
Chang opens this year’s iteration, From Where Comes Your Voice?, with a performance at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence on 27 June, and also exhibits works at Castello di Brolio and Felsina.
At Palazzo Strozzi, the artist performs using Chinese ink painting techniques in highly physical and gestural ways. Using long, custom-made brushes and large linen canvas laid on the floor, his physical actions integrate tai chi martial arts movements.
Castello di Brolio, home to the Ricasoli family since 1200, hosts Untitled (Poem #4) – A brushwork swipe with tears (2018), a 20 metre long painting on linen that drapes out from the ceiling and continues along the floor, referencing the hanging scroll of Chinese calligraphy.
In Felsina, a work from the artist’s Poetry of the Flow series created and exhibited in Beijing in 2018 will be on show. Abstract marks of Chinese ink on cotton canvas are partially obscured by bunched linen sheets. The drapes of unpainted linen represent the unpainted space; in Chinese ink painting there is a skill known as 'Liu Bai' meaning not to fill in all spaces on a canvas.