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My Realm – 2024 Yang Yong Solo Exhibition
Jun 7 – Jul 13, 2024
Tang Contemporary Art
Seoul, South Korea

Tang Contemporary Art is pleased to present My Realm – 2024 Yang Yong Solo Exhibition, a solo exhibition by Chinese artist Yang Yong, better known to us through his special exhibition at the 2002 Gwangju Biennale and the 2003 Venice Biennale, from June 7 to July 13, 2024.

My Realm – 2024 Yang Yong Solo Exhibition will present a wide realm of Yang Yong’s works from 2008 to 2024, including his recent series, ‘Velocity-Limit Edition’. Born in the 1970s and living through China’s opening and urbanization process, Yang Yong has been living in the spiral of a rapidly changing society, keeping an eye on reality, change, and the gap between them. As a multimedia artist, he especially uses various approaches depending on the environment to reflect scenes of globalized realities. In this exhibition, through images reproduced in paintings, he questions us about the existence and meaning of the ‘in-between’ for our contemporaries.

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The tension in the pit lane and the flow of air in the reflection of the race circuit on the racer’s helmet create an interesting atmosphere, contrasting with his painting style, which calmly depicts the outside world. Yang Yong’s ‘Velocity-Limit’ series, emphasizes the fleeting moments, presents images of racing in an interesting way.

The fascination and sensation of racing – with its adrenaline-pumping speed with extravagance, competition and victory, technology and innovation – is similar to our gaze being attracted to the splendor of a fast-paced society. His reflections on the rapidly changing society and system are expressed calmly but vividly, while maintaining the breathtaking tension felt from the sense of speed. ‘Speed-Limit’ is generally used as a term to regulate the speed limit range. But, the artist translates the title ‘限速(Speed-Limit)’ into English as ‘Velocity-Limit’. This title by the artist has dual meaning. At the first glance, the word ‘Velocity’ which expresses speed, and ‘Limit’ which means a limit, seem to mean ‘speed limit’, but in fact, ‘Velocity-Limit’ is often used in financial transaction and refers to a rule that limits the maximum amount or frequency of transactions allowed in a certain period of time. Through the high-speed movement of the image, the details found in it, and the witty choice of words, he alludes to a life that has lost control due to fast-paced speculation, raising questions about individual freedom and social constraints, consumption culture and alienation, and the values of modern society.

Through his first solo exhibition in Korea, My Realm – 2024 Yang Yong Solo Exhibition, Yang Yong suggests to us that we feel the moment of “in-between”, share and think about the meaning of “in-between” in a modern society where we are changing together.

Curator : Yonni Park, Jeeeun Hong

My Realm – 2024 Yang Yong Solo Exhibition
Tang Contemporary Art
Jun 7 – Jul 13, 2024
Seoul, South Korea

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