Huang Yong Ping
Huang Yong Ping, China/France b.1954 | Ressort 2012 | Aluminium, stainless steel | Purchased 2012 with funds from Tim Fairfax, AM, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | © The artist
b. 1954, Xiamen, China
Lives and works in Paris, France
Location: QAG Watermall
Huang Yong Ping came to prominence in the mid 1980s as the instigator of the Chinese avant-garde movement Xiamen Dada. Since moving to Paris in 1989, he has become known for narrative works that combine incongruous objects and materials drawing on the artistic and philosophical traditions of China and Europe. His massive installations rework architectural and animal forms into complex tableaux, drawing in elements of the sites in which they are constructed. Huang’s series of snake skeleton sculptures reference a central symbol in Chinese culture, as well as other cultures around the world. Designed for various locations, from a bridge in Germany to a beach in France, these works play with different interpretations of the snake, as well as referencing local landscapes and architecture. Ressort 2012 dominates the Queensland Art Gallery’s Watermall, spiralling from the ceiling to the floor, metaphorically linking sky and water.