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Wang Guangle

Beijing Commune

Wang Guangle makes artworks in various typologies. His “Terrazzo” series, 2002– , re-creates in oil or acrylic paint a distinctive Chinese floor material. Terrazzo 200807, 2008, has an allover pattern; Terrazzo 200808, 2008, and Terrazzo 090105, 2009, surround simple geometric forms (a square at the center, for example) with monochromatic color fields. And he produces two types of acrylic-on-canvas work called “Coffin Paints,” 2004–: large, dark, vertically oriented gray canvases and somewhat smaller, heavily painted panels in a variety of colors and patterns. In Coffin Paint 090119, 2009, the lighter gray surrounding the dark center functions as a frame. Within some of his heavily painted panels, Wang uses layers of pigment to build up heavy surfaces; Coffin Paint 090206, 2009, is one example: A red and white background pattern resembling a woodcut appears beneath a heavy bright red

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