DE SARTHE is pleased to present the first solo exhibition for its newly represented artist Caison Wang, titled Hyperland. Featuring a body of large-scale works on canvas, the exhibition combines whimsical yet ghoulish imagery with deconstructed references to humanity and religious deities. Contemplating the binary notions of morality and more, the artworks depict a liminal world in which Wang reinterprets heaven and hell as a psychological experience as part of the empirical human condition. Hyperland opens May 6th and runs through June 25th.
Titled after Hyperion, referring to the “one who passes through the sky or looks down from the sky” in Greek mythology, Hyperland observes fictional characters Jack and Mary through the lens of an omniscient narrator. Illustrated as two skeletal figures, Jack and Mary are neutral representations of human beings. As if the protagonists to one continuous story, the figures are seen acting out different scenarios in each artwork while immersed in surrealist landscapes that the artist built via 3-D modeling software. Combining digital lattices with near-psychedelic colors evocative of either enlightenment or hell, Caison Wang’s artworks allude to the idea that pain or transcendence under the context of morality is but an artificial construct generated by and for the human psyche. A perplexing amalgamation of idyllic and dystopic imagery, Hyperland proposes more than a rejection of the pre-existing definitions of good versus evil but issues a challenge toward all dichotomies set forth by dogmatic philosophies.
Caison Wang’s practice interweaves the physical, virtual, and spiritual. Crafting new visual symbols, patterns, and characters via a range of tangible and digital media, her works explore the new-found fluidity of religion, materialism, and morality in contemporary society. As exemplified in Hyperland, her construction of imagined topographies using 3-D modeling addresses the notion of an omniscient and omnipotent creator in the post-technology era. In the dawn of humanity’s acquired ability to build, fabricate, but also destroy and annihilate new realities, Wang elucidates a philosophical conundrum in which she asks: Do gods still exist and if so, what differs them and us?