Düsseldorf-based artist Yang Qi is an important member of the Chinese creative diaspora living in Germany. With a PhD in ancient Chinese idiograms, as well as lecturing in the subject since the 1990’s, Yang’s work explores the idea of Chinese graphic symbols. The powerful thick, black, brush strokes in the artist’s work seem familiar to the viewer as they bare a pictorial resemblance to Chinese calligraphy. However, these strokes are in fact independent of any language. Yang’s work significantly experiments with the semiotics of cultural language with particular reference to Chinese pictograms and German expressionism; merging his native cultural identity with his adopted homeland.
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