Song Dynasty landscapes of the Post-Industrial World

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One of the most amazing artists I’ve come across recently is Yang Yongliang 杨泳梁, whose work is currently featured at Vantage. He uses the aesthetics of Song dynasty landscape paintings to depict a post-industrial world. As Doug Bierend explains in his introduction to Yang’s work:

The density of the works are dazzling—upon closer inspection, even the mountains reveal themselves to be composed of urban elements, a vision of a city in which even the natural elements are man-made. What look like trees are oil dippers and power lines. The rivers and waterfalls are giant release valves for an impossibly huge plumbing system.

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