Studio Visit: Digital Artist Yang Yongliang
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Studio Visit: Digital Artist Yang Yongliang

by Alessandro De Toni A few meters from the Bund—the iconic promenade in Shanghai that offers a picture postcard view of booming urban China—an Art Deco building raised in 1931 hosts a cluster of creative studios. Here, digital artist Yang Yongliang —an explorer of new Chinese aesthetics—conceives his pieces. At the age of 25, Yongliang decided that he wanted to be a full-time artist after receiving training in applied arts and graphic design, and working a brief stint in the advertising industry. This experience as a designer gave him a toolset to explore creativity by means of photography, video and new media, but Yongliang’s relationship with art dates back to childhood. As he recalls, "When I was a kid I studied traditional painting and calligraphy for many years. I was a very lively kid, and painting was the only thing that would keep me quiet." Today, painting still represents a sort of mindfulness practice to him, and a way to counterbalance the over-rationalization of digital media. However, Yongliang believes that doing shanshui (traditional Chinese ink painting) doesn’t make much sense as a working artist: life has changed and ink is no longer such a pervasive part of our lives […]

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