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The Encounter of Rationality and Sensibility

Hao Jing-Fang and Wang Ling-Jie

In May, isart gallery presented the works of artists Hao Jing-Fang and Wang Ling-Jie, as a platform for the artists’ first exhibition in Taiwan, at the Taipei Contemporary Art Fair. Veronica Wang, director of isart gallery noticed that at art fairs in Taiwan, sales of paintings and sculptures have been strong, but collectors tend to be more reserved when it comes to collecting installation and photography works. With the exhibition, she aimed not only to introduce these artists to the Taiwanese audience but also to broaden the scope of art media in the collecting community. Hao Jing-Fang and Wang Ling-Jie were both born in China and later pursued further studies in France. From these two artists, Veronica Wang sees a mature command of various media such as mechanical installations and photography. She also observes that their works beautifully intersect rationality and sensibility, creating poetic and emotionally engaging spaces. As a married artistic duo, their collaboration is seamless: Hao Jing-Fang, with her sensibility, handles imaginative concepts, while Wang Ling-Jie, with his rationality, brings them to fruition. They coordinate and discuss together to complete their creations.

Jing-Fang Hao & Ling-Jie Wang _In a Universe Where Everything Moves at All

Their works often revolve around the subtle changes in nature, primarily presented through installations and imagery. The mysteries and remoteness of nature are evident in their creations, coupled with a scientific precision and an abundance of emotion and poetry. It’s as if their works exist within a dual realm, engaging in harmonious dialogue with each other’s dual logic. One of their mechanical installation pieces, “In a Universe of Everything Moves at All,” portrays white dots slowly moving on a monochromatic background. The continuous movement of the white dot in the artwork has a profound impact on the viewer, even altering their perception. As the viewer gazes at the white dots for a period, they experience a visual afterimage phenomenon, highlighting the act of “observation” itself. The artwork’s ever-changing nature shapes a dynamic and organic image, leading to shifts in the viewer’s perception. Through this experience, they become conscious of how substances are constructed, immersing themselves in the inner tremors elicited by the artwork. The pure expanse of blue, reminiscent of Klein Blue, holds a composition that avoids any narrative, yet skillfully returns human existence to its most primal, direct state.

Jing-Fang Hao & Ling-Jie Wang_Sun Drawing 3_s

“Sun Drawing” consists of an optical element and thermal-sensitive paper, capturing the trajectory of the sun’s movement. When sunlight passes through the lens and converges onto the paper, the sun’s heat leaves traces on the surface, recording the weather and environmental changes simultaneously, and also plays as the variables of the artwork. “Sun Drawing” fully embodies the personalities of Hao Jing-Fang and Wang Ling-Jie. They delve into the application of optics and mechanical installations while creating spaces with aesthetic and sensory cognizance. Each piece recording the sun’s path extends the exploration of auteurism and the element of time. After the completion of the hemispherical machinery, the artists step back, allowing nature to continue the creation process. Furthermore, three layers of temporality intertwine in the exhibition—the time of the sun’s movement, the different times between each artwork’s completion, and the viewer’s experience of time as they interact with the exhibition.

Jing-Fang Hao & Ling-Jie Wang_Sun Drawing 2_s

The photography series “Night Bodies” by Hao Jing-Fang and Wang Ling-Jie reflects the contemplation on natural life and modern civilization. The series draws inspiration from an encounter they had while working in Mali. One evening on an unlit road, they came across a wrapped large plant or tree-like object, tightly interconnected with man-made materials. The images feature a clear light source, employing the technique of “chiaroscuro” to highlight the main elements of the composition. The series is completed using typological methods, devoid of direct emotions, and instead, objectively reveals the themes the artists wish to convey. On the other hand, the series “Liiight Bulb” questions the essence of images. “What is an image?” has been an ongoing question since the invention of photography. In this body of work, different colored lights blend, overlap, and merge together, yet they are all captured from the same object. Using an old fashioned slide projector as the light source, the refraction of light produces diverse and vibrant surfaces. The abstract painting like colors emphasize the intimate relationship between the image and light. “Light” has always been a subject of interest for the two artists, and by deconstructing and reconstructing the colors present in light, they eliminate narrative and any representational elements to directly explore the existence of light and its role in forming images.

Jing-Fang Hao & Ling-Jie Wang_Liiight bulb_s

Hao Jing-Fang and Wang Ling-Jie’s artworks do not focus on specific narratives or societal issues, nor make distinction in the characteristics of a particular era. As a result, their creations possess an enduring universality, resonating with viewers from diverse cultural backgrounds. Throughout their art world, they observe natural phenomena and revolve around the duality of time and space. Whether it is the moving white dots in “In a Universe with Everything Moves at All,” the trajectory of the sun in “Sun Drawing,” or the ethereal colors in “Liiight Bulb,” all these works explore the complexities of the present world through minimalistic forms, deconstructing the essence of life. Their works are conceptually strong, using precise mechanical and kinetic installations to create pieces that embody scientific rationality while embracing rich emotions. Through these meticulously crafted forms, they present profound philosophical reflections

Jing-Fang Hao & Ling-Jie Wang_Star Field

As a strategically innovative gallery and under the insightful and unique vision of Director Veronica Wang, isart Gallery establishes a diverse and contemporary art world with warm interactions. They move forward with abundant creativity, perpetually seeking the beauty of art for the long term.

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