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25 March 2022 | The Opposite House

The Story Behind the Art

Last month, The Opposite House unveiled its latest public installation, artist Yvan Deng’s ceramic series “Infinite & Inconceivable Lust”. We chatted with Yvan about the inspiration behind his work, bringing the East together with the West and his multimedia approach.

 

What inspired you to create this piece?

“The inspiration for this work came from my personal life experience. I want to open a conversation for the future about caring – without labelling it. The idea of using the elements of Chinese traditional crafts while creating a sculptural canvas that attempts to bring the East and West together.”

 

 

What are the differences between “Infinite & Inconceivable Lust” from the other art pieces you’ve created?

“Since prehistoric times humans have been creating art in various forms and mediums. Nowadays most of people think art is only a canvas or sculpture, but as I’ve always said, there is only art and it comes in many forms. Over the years things shift; technology and tools have evolved. So I try to express myself on a new canvas or new sculptural forms. I want to use different mediums – painting, sculpture, lighting and architecture – through which I can tell a story. The difference in this piece from previous works is how I’ve created a new canvas while using several mediums alongside a distinct configuration of sculptural ceramics. The intention is to create something visually sharp that brings nostalgia and can appeal to our senses with a story. I think this is a new format for the audience – it was specifically created for this statement. All the pieces I develop are in distinct formats and materials. I can create in silk or ceramic but the intention is that I try to bring Chinese elements into the contemporary scene.”

 

 

What is your favourite space at The Opposite House?

“My favourite space at The Opposite House is the pool where the lights and colour of the space make you release any tension.”

 

 

One word to describe your experience with us

“Home.”

 

 

What are the upcoming and exciting projects we should be looking forward to?

“I have a few exhibits coming in Shanghai and in Mexico. But let’s focus on today because nothing is more important than what is happening now.”

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