SUMMER, GO HOME

by Yishu Wang

Artist Yishu's hand-pulled black and white screen printing artist book Summer, Go Home represents a diversion and a new direction to her largely representational art practice. Summer, Go Home's minimal imagery and the void of colors and tones represents a piece of the artist's memory materialized in words, signs, and the physicality of the book itself.

"This artist book is divided into front and back. The accordion fold allows the viewer two different ways of viewing the book: one presenting viewers purely with imagery and signs, the other purely words. The two sides illustrate and interpret each other in a dialogue that examines the limitation and possibility of each form of expression."

Limited edition of 18.

《回家》这本艺术家书是王艺书近年来作品中的一个特例。总是四处张望,拍照写生来找素材的她做了一件这么平面的黑白丝网艺术家书来呈现她记忆的一个片段——2014年夏天她回国的经历。可能由于家乡的风景太过熟悉,在艺书脑海中那次旅行的视觉印象全已模糊,只剩下家中夏天宁静夜晚带给她那久违的安心。艺书将这份珍贵的回忆诉之语言和图像,于是有了这件作品。

这本书分为正反部分。所以也有两种不同的阅读方式:从封面的左右两个边打开,会分别看到文字和图像部分。文字和图像互相说明。艺书通过折页的制书方式来探索语言和图像之间的语义上相似的局限性与可能性。

艺书通过这本书向深刻影响她的艺术家横尾忠则致敬。

限量十八本。

Artist Bio

Yishu Wang is an artist work in the field of printmaking and book art. Her works have been widely shown at museums and galleries nationally and internationally. She also independently works as an art curator and distributor to bridge the artist community in China, Taiwan and United States.

Her art work is strong, expressive experimental printmaking and book art with the original approach to her imagery. As a foreign artist works in the USA for many years, her work visually explores the relationship between self-identity and social identity. Her works are important tabecause it brings the social awareness of the identity issue of the minority group of the contemporary mix culture society.

Meanwhile, She also has curated many shows at Taiwan, China and United States to bring the artists in different countries together. As a Chinese book art avant garde, she had curated the Artable’s Book Art show 2016 at Shanghai, China, it is one part of Shanghai Design Week 2016. As one of the two book art shows in China this year, over 30 top book artists from all over the world invited. Her artist book works also selected by “Book Art In China”, will be presented at Codex Book Art Fair 2017, the biggest international professional book art fair worldwide.

In the past 4 years, Yishu has written many articles to introduce the contemporary art scene at Bay Area to Chinese audiences. She believes an artist should also take responsibility to the art community, divert effort to bridge the culture gaps between different countries.

王艺书系西安美术学院油画系研究生毕业,赴美转向版画,并获得版画艺术硕士学位。她的主要创作以版画以及艺术家书为主。她的作品在美国以及中国,台湾地区主要美术馆展出。她的作品以其多年独自旅居海外的个人经历为灵感,通过画面讨论个人身份和社会身份话题。王艺书的作品在技法上不断寻求版画的新的可能性,作品不限于二维平面的限制。近年来更多涉及装置以及公众艺术领域。