梁伟，是来自北京的绘画及影像艺术家，1999 年毕业于法国斯特拉斯堡大学造型艺术学院。主要个展：然前然后，魔金石空间，北京（2016）；之间——梁伟个展，空间站，北京（2010）。重要展览：.com/.cn，K11 Art Foundation、MoMA PS1，上海（2017）；.com/.cn，K11 Art Foundation、MoMA PS1，香港（2017），中国；歧义花园，四方美术馆，南京（2013）；居住地——来自中国和巴西的艺术家，香格纳画廊，上海（2012）；中国影像艺术1988-2011，上海民生美术馆，上海（2011）；亚洲城市网络2007，首尔美术馆，韩国（2007）；第12届加尔各达电影节，印度（2006）；中国发电站，伦敦，英国（2005）。
Magician Space is pleased to present Before Itself, a second solo exhibition with the gallery by Beijing-based artist Liang Wei.
One of China’s most exciting new voices in contemporary painting, Liang Wei has been developing a unique form of abstract art that combines influences from both modern and classical traditions. Avoiding any conceptual or thematic approaches to painting, Liang’s compositions start by sourcing images from a large range of subject matter in order to tear them apart and reassemble them into new forms from her imagination. These compositions are the starting point of a meticulous painting process that uses a variety of materials such as acrylic paint, Chinese ink, and watercolour pencils. The resulting works feel like uncanny topographical visions haunted by echoes of classical Chinese landscapes. These abstract geographies are deeply immersing owing to the way original images have been deconstructed. Hints of recognizable forms appear and multiply as one scans the surface of the canvas as our eyes attempt to make sense of the abstraction. As a result, new and unintended forms seem to emerge and then disappear in the chaos.
The source images that Liang Wei uses mirror her interest in history, classical art and architecture, contemporary urban environments, and cinema. Each work seems to construct a separate imaginary world with its own energy and reasons for coming into being. One can almost discern hidden realities waiting to break out from obscurity into existence, like several films all happening at once in the background of our minds. There is a contrast between the violence and morphogenic qualities of these works, as some paintings seem to be in the process of self-creation or destruction, while others have found a contemplative sense of equilibrium. In these new paintings Liang Wei has created strange new realities that are based on, but alien to, our own.
Notes to the editors
Liang Wei is a painter and video artist based in Beijing. She graduated from L’Art Plastiques Universite des Sciences Humanines de Strasbourg, France in 1999. Widely exhibiting her work in China and abroad since her return to China, her work has been shown in .com/.cn, K11 Art Foundation, MoMA PS1, Shanghai (2017); .com/.cn, K11 Art Foundation, MoMA PS1, Hong Kong (2017); The Garden of Diversion, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing (2013); Place of Residence-with Artists from Brazil and China, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai (2012); Moving Image In China 1988 - 2011, Min Sheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2011); City Net Asia 2007, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea (2007); The 12th Kolkata Film Festival (2006); China Power Station, Battersea Power Station, London (2005).