View of “Hao Liang,” 2019. From left: Lunar Corona No. 6, 2018; Lunar Corona No. 5, 2018, Lunar Corona No. 4, 2018; Lunar Corona No. 3, 2018.

Hao Liang

Condo | Shanghai

How to account for the use of traditional techniques and styles in contemporary art? Many artists are certain of their neutrality and disavow any underlying ideological connotation; others, like Hao Liang, advocate a distinct historical agenda—to investigate the insurmountable chasm between modern China and its ancient past. The artist’s rise to prominence over the past decade can be primarily attributed to his revival of Chinese ink landscape painting on silk hand scrolls. To cultivate a sense of interconnectedness across human societies, he revolutionizes the somewhat rigid form of narrative prescribed by the scroll’s horizontal format by conflating different historical scenarios into an anachronistic medley. His earlier work The Virtuous Being, 2015, for example, is a thirty-foot-long scroll charting the ostensibly seamless transition of a Ming-dynasty private resort into a present-day

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