From 7 April to 23 June 2017, KWM art center will present a solo exhibition of works on paper by Ye Yongqing entitled “Paper Chase – Presents from Rauschenberg”. Including over eighty works on paper, it covers 20 years of Ye Yongqing’s creative output. There will be twenty-nine works in the show created on a special edition paper manufactured by American artist Robert Rauschenberg (1925 – 2008) in China in 1982. The Chinese title ‘Dun’ refers to an ancient and mystical Taoist form of teleportation. Ye often alludes to the idea of escaping or disappearing through a medium, in this case, paper. The English title ‘Paper Chase’ comes from a 14th century English game of the same name. It is a travelling game played outdoors where the discovery of clues in the form of pieces of paper left in the countryside leads one from point a to b. Ye Yongqing sees each work in the exhibition as a demonstration of, and clue to, his attainment of freedom. Ye Yongqing’s use of the Rauschenberg paper in a number of works is not simply concerned with historically referencing the past. It embodies the inspiration given to him by Rauschenberg to combine the arts, playfulness, life and travelling into his art works.
Also Ye Yongqing will be onsite creating one large new art work during the exhibition. This site specific work is inspired by Ye Yongqing’s understanding of “paper” as a material. He believes that as paper is easily portable it carries connotations of freedom; especially in ancient China, there were many traditional master literati paintings that were started, worked on or completed when the artist was travelling. Ye believes that the arts, artists and aesthetics are all liberal, because human minds are free. As well as being keen to express his most dynamic ideas and delicate and exquisite feelings on paper, he is also has one of the largest collection of artists paper in China.