Zi Yang   (Izzy) 
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In my genealogy assignment, I mainly recorded artists and art movements, mostly in abstract expressionism and postmodernism in chronological order starting in the 1990s and based on my recent line painting and performance works. My intention is traceable. I used one of my painting works as the background to exactly echoing my theme. Colours, lines, and circles to connect time and space. They linked each other, intertwined like circles, forming a "strange loop".  (Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid )Finally turns into a grid (Rosalind Krauss), just like traces of lines (Francis Alÿs) that have been walked.

On the other hand, My genealogy seems to be complicated and covers almost all the major communities. Still, as stated in the homework overview, artists do not exist in a vacuum. To learn philosophy, one must understand the history of philosophy. In my view, art is the same. So I mainly focus the artists linked to my works or the artistic activities that I am interested in as a starting point, and in the process of sorting out other things—putting them together into a relatively complete map, trying to have a deeper understanding of them.

In the process of searching, I learned more about the stories behind them and quietly enjoyable. Abstract expressionism is the most significant part of my exploration; Harold Rosenberg is remembered as one of the most incisive and supportive critics of Abstract Expressionism.  I explored colour field painting and action painting. These two words come from the term used as early as the 1920s to describe Kandinsky's abstract paintings. Including Mark Rothko and William de Kooning, the first abstract artists I knew about abstract painting. They were my inspirations for abstract painting. Thanks to the recommendation of my supervisor Dominic, I got to know about hard-edged painting and Coined by Clement Greenberg's post-painting abstraction. The artists among them reflected my research interest in lines and geometric shapes. Philosophy is also my recent research field. I have always been curious about existential philosophy, which led me to continue to explore Heidegger and Sartre. In Daniel von Sturmer's work, the materials convey complex perceptions and philosophical concerns through simple actions, encouraging us to reflect on things and evaluate the world around us and give the audience a different visual experience. To question the limits of existence, it brings different dimensions of thinking to my work.

The arrival of Neo-Dada and Pop art in post-war America marked the beginning of a reaction against this mindset that came to be known as postmodernism. In the late 20th century,  Agnes Martin and Sol LeWitt embodied my attitude towards minimalism. Thinking behind contemporary painting, what we are painting and why we are painting. Regarding the identity, Everything can be a trace of identity; I examed including Carolee Schneemann and Marina Abramovic in feminist art. Cindy Sherman triggered my current thinking about how to combine my art with popular culture. And think about the meaning of identity and existence.
posted on October 16, 2020
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