Gao Yuan & Wang Haiyang | ACAW FIELD MEETING Take 6: Thinking Collections

2018.01.25 - 01.26

FIELD MEETING Take 6: Thinking Collections

13th Edition of Asia Contemporary Art Week

January 25-26, 2019


Alserkal Avenue 

Al Quoz 1, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 


Capsule Shanghai is pleased to announce our participation to the ACAW FIELD MEETING Take 6: Thinking Collections, curated by ACAW Director & Independent Curator Leeza Ahmady.


For the FIELD MEETING Take 6: Thinking Collections in Dubai, UAE, Capsule is pleased to present two animation works by artists Gao Yuan (1986, Kunming, China) and Wang Haiyang (1984, Shandong, China) paired with a selection of works on paper that highlight the process-making behind the video works.


Lunar Dial (2016), the brainchild of Gao Yuan's pictorial effort spanning over six years, is coupled with Wang Haiyang's latest animation work The Birth of The Word to the Demise of The Bird (2014-2018).


In the works, the artists' stream of consciousness breezes through a manifold of psychological scenarios and deviated observations that defy the laws of probability, physics, space and time.

The two alongside, resonate with each other in their underlying sense of "momentum": a driving force, a steady, yet sometimes syncopated rhythm, that induces a free fall into a rabbit hole of distorted imagery.


Lunar Dial is a suspenseful lapse of space and time, a collection of familiar yet unnervingly offbeat scenes where the ghost of the past chases the present and the future is casually encountered rather than meticulously devised.

Gao Yuan constructed the backdrop of the montage with acrylic paintings, a collection that took over 6 years to comprise. The artist is fascinated with the cyclical nature of time, the sewing of reality and fiction and the reiteration of visual metaphors through sound.


The Birth of The Word to the Demise of The Bird (2014-2018) is a soulful animation project where language and semiotic connections move the characters and the plot along in a visual wordplay of double entendres.


Both inspired by their immediate surroundings and everyday life, the artists embark on a journey of introspection, a process founded upon discovery, of which animation becomes the ultimate manifestation. The creative process becomes an additional layer to the work, a performance art where the artist masterfully indulges in their fantasy while at the same time remaining in control of the narration.


The artists' deep emotional attachment to their visual narrative seeps through the painstaking perseverance that is necessary to create all-encompassing bodies of work, a dedication to making sense of the obvious, of the passage and cyclical repetition of mundane times and spaces.



December 19, 2018