Classical philosophers argued that time is not a reality, but a concept or a measure. In thermodynamics we think of time in terms of entropy (time flows forward while the cosmos grows more chaotic). This process is mono-directional, of course. We experience life in a future-bound continuum via ‘the arrow of time,’ as disorder expands and anarchy envelopes everything. This metaphysical absolute informs us that time, life, existence and our experiences are utterly irreversible. Time is a finite and sacred resource. Time and space are inextricably fused in what Einstein mathematically identified as ‘spacetime,’ or time as three-dimensional space integrated in a four-dimensional continuum. Frontline cosmologists have even imagined ‘multiverses’ backed by brain-bending mathematical proofs and simulations.
But Beijing-based Wang Guangle 王光乐 flips the artistic-philosophical script. Through his opioid-like, narcotic neo-Expressionist compositions we see flickering mirages, pictorial dreamscapes and soothing spacio-temporal dualities. Titled ‘Time Paintings’ and ‘Duo Color’ (in chinese ‘duo 多’ means ‘many’; ‘color 色’ is pronounced ‘se’; hence a kind of clever multi-coded semantics embedded in his work). His painterly magic is comprised of chemical interactions, alchemical collages and lively layered pigments depicted with relativistic fizz and metaphysical pep.
Wang wallops us with his jubilant juxtapositions and astral graphics – mainly colliding and cascading psychotropic colorways – yellow, blue, pink and green – over his hybridized, conscious-expanding canvases. The result: time speeds up and slows down; spacetime expands and contracts with reference to the spiritual, the surreal and the visually insane.
Wang’s freaky-cool, centrifugal work radiates from center to edge and then back again. His optically tricked out enigmas shift light, warps spacetime, and questions our ‘multi-dimensional’ continuum that will inevitably trigger a debate around gravitational time dilation and the ‘subjectivity’ of perception. Wang Guangle’s work sucks us into an awe-inspiring wormhole/vortex and cosmic mindfuck. Thank God! Check the cool art below…
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