The inspiration is mostly from my experience of being an outsider like a foreigner living in the States.
first expected. “In 2011, I received a major research grant from Washburn University to work on this big project. I hired tailors to create the costumes to make them as close as possible to the classical paintings. Then I hired models to pose as the people in the classical paintings. I set all this up in the streets of downtown Topeka and sometimes in Lawrence to shoot pictures through a piece of glass. In this way I still have the continuation of the reflection series, but now you look through glass to see classical paintings which make the paintings modern as if they have come back to life and have walked into our reality.”
he called home. “The inspiration is mostly from my experience of being an outsider like a foreigner living in the States,” Ye explained about his ongoing work. “You feel like you see everything through a piece of glass. Your vision is never complete and perfect, it’s blurry. It’s partly clear but a lot of it is still blurry and you really don’t see the whole picture.” His current work has taken on a new dimension. A few years ago Ye enjoyed a museum focused trip through Europe to visit personally the classic masters he has admired all of his life. When he returned, the stimulation of the pieces he experienced was set in his mind. He decided that he could combine the classical paintings that inspired him into his long time passion with reflections. By inspecting the pieces by the masters in person, he was as equally mystified as the culture shock that inspired his reflection series. The idea for his new project “Return to Classicism” was born. In 2010, Ye started to experiment with idea of classical paintings with reflections. He started with photographs and ended with large scale oil paintings. Quickly he realized that to truly realize his vision the project was much larger and more complex than he
As I see it, Ye Wang is also presenting the value in the traditional study of the masters. He has found a voice from his own experiences to give us a completely unique vision of the western tradition by bringing reflections of the modern world into our own fascination with the masters. Proving that there is always something new and exciting that can be discovered by studying the past, not unlike the adventures of Alice through the looking glass. Will you be bold enough to join me in following him through this artistic endeavor? aseveneightfive Author, Artist and ARTrepreneur, Michelle Leivan AKA the Artist’s Artist is the owner of ArtPrintExpress.com another entrepreneurial art-based business providing fine art digitizing and reproductions for visual artists in Topeka and surrounding region.
WU FACULTY EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION NOV. 1
Featuring: Glenda Taylor, Marguerite Perret, Azyz Sharafy, Ye Wang, Mary Dorsey Wanless, Michael Hager, Emmy Rice, and Catron Professor, Jennifer Marsh; adjunct instructors: David Hartley, Elizabeth Knabe Roe, Chris Arensdorf, Lynda Miller, Gary Woodward, Janet Zoble, Carla Tilghman, Monette Mark, Christa Dalien, Libby Schmanke, Kymm Hughes, John Paul, Carol Yoho, Clinton Ricketts, and Andrew Burkitt and art department faculty emeritus, Edward Navone.
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