18 August - 8 October 2018
MoCA@Loewen is pleased to be the organizer of Sang Huoyao’s first solo exhibition in Southeast Asia. An artist who has dedicated decades to the exploration of Modernist ink experiments, his paintings are constructed out of the fundamental elements of water, ink, and silk – the essential components of ink art from the Tang Dynasty. Basing his practice on the ancient philosophy of Lao Zhuang (老莊), a school of thought derived from the teachings of Lao Zi (老子) and Zhuang Zi（莊子）that forms the tenets of Taoism, Sang strives to achieve the state of Jing Xiang (境象), a state of immateriality that is expressive of the idiom ‘Da Dao Wu Xing’ (大道無型) that is expounded by Taoism. By layering thin veils of ink on silk, Sang has brought out the luminosity of the medium, thus illustrating the tonal possibilities of the ink medium. At the same time, his works exude an aesthetic that is reminiscent of the cultivated expression of the literati, while being simultaneously accessible to an international audience.
Featuring more than 50 poetic works from Sang Huoyao’s ground breaking newest series, Horizons of the Mind: Art Works by Sang Huoyao is a contemporary manifestation of the ancient ink and wash landscape paintings that date from the Northern Song Dynasty (960 – 1127). Exhibiting in Southeast Asia for the first time, the luminous works will be on display in the lush surrounds of MoCa@Loewen through the months of August to October.