<C_Rock 1>, 2018
160 x 180 cm
Wang Shang regards his geology painting as following the tradition of Chinese landscape painting. From the geography paintings of Han dynasty to the development of landscape paintings in Jin dynasty, the conception of human's relation to nature had changed accordingly. Instead of a faithful representation of rocks, Wang Shang's paintings aim at depicting the logic of geological formation. By mixing various painting mediums, he first turns many brush strokes into individual objects, before composing them into part of a collage. These painting "blocks", with different transparency, thickness and textures, imitate the transformation of rocks and minerals. It is in this way, Wang Shang constructs a geological historical dimension on his canvas. One can regards the Han dynasty's geography paintings as the byproduct of the imagination of the unknown wilderness, post Jin dynasty's landscape painting as the depiction of the forever changing nature, Wang Shang's geology painting as the allusion to the concept of geological time. By juxtaposing the indifference of nature with the history of human creation, these paintings are simultaneously a reminder of the meaninglessness of human existence, and a celebration of the immortality of humanity by becoming part of the geological history.