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The Other Lines of Time

  • 119 Ludlow Street New York, NY, 10002 United States (map)

Huayuan Art is pleased to announce The Other Lines Of Time, an exhibition featuring a selection of Dizhang paintings from Huayuan Collection, on view at 119 Ludlow Street from October 7 through October 14, 2016. Please join us for an opening reception on Friday, October 7, 6-8 pm.

The term Dizhang refers to the layers of soil applied onto a rough surface to prepare it for painting. With their fractured surface and muted color tone, these paintings recall the distinctive appearance of the original murals in Dunhuang caves. The Dizhang paintings in this exhibition employ archaic, near extinct method, applying on wood panels soil and mineral pigments collected near the original cave site.

This body of paintings - created with traditional dry fresco technique - is dominated by enigmatical and compelling episodes from the ancient literatures and murals from the caves in Dunhuang (translates as “blazing beacon”), Western China. It aims to shed light onto the complexities of time, permanence, and continuity through the regional history and mythology.

“The artist’s masterful use of lines, colors, and composition creates a powerful sense of motion and a sustained visual tension that expands beyond the painting framework,” said Rae Wang, the exhibition curator. “The lines, alternately swirling and undulating, renders the figures as dynamic rather than static to appear at once immediate and atemporal, challenging the viewer to question their assumptions about time and permanence.”


119 Ludlow Street,
New York, NY 10013