Animitta--Yang Liming Solo Exhibition is to open at TriumphArt Space on March 11th, 2017. Curated by the well-know art critic Liao Wen, this exhibition puts on view more than 10 works by the artists. A theme line, drawn from his new painting Flowing Melody of Time and Space, threads his past series of Black, Gray and Blue, presenting a good opportunity for the audience to track the trajectory of Yang's changing styles.
Yang Liming has found his unique abstractive language form with his perception, sincerity and perseverance, and hereby presented his distinctive spiritual feelings that are hard to describe through images, which established a style of his own in the field of Chinese contemporary art.
Beyond all questions, there is not the “images”(Xiang; 像) of general meaning in Yang’s paintings, but the “nature” (Xiang; 相) instead. Is it so called “one’s face is shaped by one’s heart” (相由心生) in ancient Chinese, which means everyone has his/her inner feelings, while the formation of the “nature of one’s heart” or the “inner world” is a consequence of feelings’ long-term accumulation in the heart. Thus, the “nature” here means an indescribable and subtle spiritual feeling. This is not a difficult concept to be understood, but to understand Yang’s works is still not easy for many people, and it is also sent a “mysterious” feeling in Yang’s description of his feelings. That is because there is one important point in Yang’s life style—his “cultivation and temperance” of himself. His apperception and inspiration from that is not common for the public, so there is some specific feature in his “inner world”. As an artist, instead of being a real religious practitioner, Yang has a strong intension of expressing his apperception and inspiration, and that forms his strongest motivation of artistic creation, as well as the fundamental breaking point of his individualization of language pattern. And the “colour” in yang’s paintings, is only a symbolic tone that corresponds his inner world in every period.
Following the changes of his inner world, Yang Liming’s artistic creations are destined to change. Nevertheless, “The methods used may vary, but the principle stays the same”, that is to say, “variant in style, same in nature” in calligraphic theory, and “formless form (Animitta)” in Buddhism.