Gwendoline Cho-ning Kam
Michael Wang: Lake TaiBy Gwendoline Cho-ning Kam
The concept of youyuan, that is, strolling in a garden, has always been inspirational for traditional Chinese intelligentsia. Thousands of creative workspaintings, literature, music, and poetryare fueled by a love of natural beauty. Michael Wang, a New York-based artist, takes on this spirit of the intelligentsia in Lake Tai, his debut solo show in China at Prada Rong Zhai, Shanghai. Wangs sculptural installation engages with the traditional Chinese appreciation of scholars rocks (unusually but naturally-shaped stones) and scholarly flower arrangement that were once prevalent in Chinese art and celebrated the human relationship with the natural world.