Wang Shang


    Wang Shang, born in 1984, lives and works in Beijing. After graduating from Goldsmiths and Royal College of Art in London, he attended the course of the American Gemological Institute and became a certified gemologist. Since then, he has been simultaneously pursuing two careers, as an artist and a jeweler, both of which are rooted in his deep obsession with geology. While his artworks often refer to technology, nature, and the conundrum of the age of Anthropocene, Wang Shang’s duo-ego practice is developed from his frustration with established cultural values and judgement in relation to natural reality.

    Wang’s multidisciplinary practice moves seamlessly between painting, sculpture and film. Most of his works are part of long-term ongoing projects stemmed from his engagement in other fields than contemporary art. His insistence on geological reference and the unique interplay of identities has become his strategy in reviewing cultural production, and its relation with nature. His work has been featured in Almine Rech, Shanghai (2020); Beijing Contemporary Art Expo 2020, CHAO Art Center (2020); 798 Art Center, Beijing (2019); Antenna Space, Shanghai (solo; 2018); OCAT Anren, Sichuan (2018); Ordos Museum, Ordos, China (2017); Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2017); Magician Space, Beijing (solo; 2016); Casa Dei Carraresi, Italy (2015); Between Art Lab, Shanghai (2015); OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen (solo; 2014); UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (solo; 2011) among others.



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