One thing that always seems to steal my heart is the juxtaposition of the modern and traditional. Old buildings with modern fixtures? I love it. Crazy angular modern images with over the top gilded frames? Love it. Taking a technique that has been passed down for thousands of years and giving it a modern application? Be still my heart.
Huang Zhiyang learned the age old art of Chinese calligraphy growing up, and now brings those skills to a new light in large scale ink washes on silk, oil paintings, and drawings. A bit more about the artist:
“His work has been summarized by critics as the application of traditional Chinese techniques to an American tradition of Abstract Expressionism. Frequent motifs in Huang’s work make reference to the natural world, particularly to bamboo and landscapes, though the images are not immediately recognizable. Huang also produces abstract installations, and has worked in sculptural materials like bamboo and gilded bronze. His work has also been prominent in fashion: Huang’s drawings are source of inspiration for the French fashion designer Anne Valerie Hash, and in 2011 he collaborated with the designers of ETRO to produce a line of silk scarves.”
Amazing patterns? Abstract Expressionism? Motifs from nature? Fashion? I think it’s love.