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Senies of Work ~ .Utensil & Anti-Utensil

“All art (after Duchamp) is conceptual (in nature) because art only exists conceptually.”─ Joseph Kosuth


NO.1501~1507 not a tool      2015      beech wood       Set of seven


NO.1805 not a tool     2018     Xiao Nanmu     33x7x10cm


NO.1805 not a tool     2018     Xiao Nanmu     33x7x10cm


NO.1806 not a tool     2018      Xiao Nanmu     41x10x16cm

1.Unreadable book and anti-object, creativity is actually driven by artistic concepts. On a broad overview of Ping-Cheng LIANG’s complete series of works, we will come to realize that he is an artist who actually practicing thoughts. After the “Gravity Release” series, LIANG comes up with an innovative concept “Inverted Aesthetics”. 


NO.1503 square table      2015       camphor wood        50x50x45cm


Tofu     2016     Xiao Nanmu     30x30x15cm

2.The concept “Inverted Aesthetics” is developed when LIANG observing people making utensils when the functionality comes first then the aesthetics. However, along with development of times and progress, the old ones are replaced by the more advanced new ones and gradually lose its practical functions. However, it is at this moment that its potential beauty suddenly emerged. Thinking reversely, LIANG deprived the practical aspect of utensils and remade their brand-new figures with beauty.


big black hawk     2014      camphor wood      185x76x55cm


blackhawk       2010       camphor wood      173x55x53cm

3.Following this concept, LIANG has created various objects without its original functions such as unreadable books and un-sittable chairs. In the aspect of making art, each of LIANG’s wooden sculptures remains the texture of carving and chiseling marks which indicate the artist’s actual practice of carving wood. Up to date, all kinds of challenges he has gone through make him realized the importance of “following the carving rhythm and flow”.

493k壹號三角沃土135x80x70樟木&檜木2006 - 複製.tif

fertile triangle   2006   Camphor & cypress  135x80x70cm

506k壹號漂島110x60x60檜木2006 - 複製.tif

saddle      2006      Xiao Nanmu     110x60x60cm


blessing utensil     2011    beech wood    25x10x9cm

 4.At the beginning of the 20th century, Duchamp’s “ready-made” concept exploded like Pandora’s box. LIANG had been somehow influenced by this trend and began to be interested practical objects like spoons, forks and all kinds of daily necessities. Following the concept of “Inverted Aesthetics”, he deprived these necessities with its functionalities but visually kept a kind of ambiguous features, such as the concave contour of a spoon to intrigue viewers and to make artworks more interesting and more innovative. 

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