Wang Shuye: Beyond Perception
WANG Shuye (1963-) was born in Heilongjiang, China. After graduating from the Central Academy of Craft Art (now renamed the Academy of Arts & Design of Tsinghua University), he settled in Japan. WANG is internationally recognized as an artist who simultaneously presents new forms and profound content. Pursuing philosophical depth in painting through a series titled A Space-Time Nude: Identical, the artist seeks a philosophical dimension in art. WANG believes that what we see and feel are not absolute sensations but rather human sensations. The way bees, moths, bats, and dolphins perceive the world differs from ours. We cannot definitively determine which perspective gets us closer to the essence of things. What we see is merely a human perspective. The artist aims to use visual reasoning to approach the essential perspective, or divine vision, and capture it in his artwork, depicting the existence that precedes our cognition. WANG Shuye abstracts the primal forms of four-dimensional spacetime, including forests, trees, caves, riverbanks, and indoor spaces. He describes this as "directly confronting spacetime." The artist often portrays objects in wave-like shapes, where everything blends and becomes one within the waves. Objects (phenomena and relationships) do not exist as fixed entities; they constantly change, existing temporarily and then flowing away somewhere else. WANG Shuye vividly reveals this fact through his artwork, emphasizing that existence is sustained only through relationships with others and is temporarily present before flowing elsewhere.