Art on Paper Evelyn Taocheng Wang
In her paintings, but also in videos and performances, Evelyn Taocheng Wang combines a straightforward and sometimes confrontational tone with emotional, poetic and often autobiographical undercurrents. She deals with apparently fixed notions of identity, ethnicity and socio-economic backgrounds. Her work stems from an interest in what identity is and how one's own body is culturally related to - and intertwined with - autobiographical structures. Autobiographical experiences are mixed with fictional fabrications, appropriation texts from novels and intertwining cultures.
In the works shown at Art on Paper, Wang highlights subjects, stories and objects that we often pass over without thinking. Encounters with seemingly insignificant parts of everyday life, such as a plain-looking bamboo plant or a German street vacuum cleaner, are the subject of Wang's painting, often exploring the contradictions of elegance and ostentatiousness in the ordinary. We don't realize how conditioned we are and how many of these experiences and circumstances shape and sustain our identity and culture. It is precisely by highlighting or underlining these parts that Wang knows how to get your attention. What does it mean to be shaped by an identity and culture without being aware of it and what does this mean to someone else who has no direct relationship with it? In most work, text accompanies the image, in English, Chinese or Dutch, the latter often reflecting Wang's efforts to learn the language and her reflection on identity and culture.
Evelyn Taocheng Wang studied traditional Chinese art, Chinese literature at Nanjing Normal University in China, and continued her studies at the Städelschule in Frankfurt and De Ateliers in Amsterdam. She won the ABN AMRO Art Award (2019); Dolf Henkes Prize (2019); Dorothea von Stetten Award and Volkskrant Visual Arts Prize (both 2016). Recent solo shows include Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, DE; (2021) kulturbüro Mönchengladbach, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, DE (2020); KevinSpace, Vienna, AT (2020); Friends of the SMAK, De Vereniging, Ghent, BE (2019); FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, FR (2019). Her work has been exhibited in group exhibition at Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR; WIELS, Brussels, BE and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL. Her performances have been presented at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Bodies of Parlement, Documenta 14, Kassel, DE. Wang's work is in the collections of, among others, the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, US; Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, NL; Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL and FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, FR.
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