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Ding Yi
Ding Yi, 1962

Ding Yi has been making abstract paintings using crosses and grids since the late 1980s. The cross, whether a + or an x with thematic variation, is a motif that the artist has declared a formal mark without meaning, in order to emphasise his rationalist approach to painting. The context of Ding’s work has always been the incredibly fast-paced development of the industrial urban environment in post-socialist China, and the work, whether predominantly black, painted on tartan, or elaborated in intense fluorescent colours, all bear the title Appearance of Crosses with a date. Ding’s practice encompasses painting, sculpture, spatial installation and architecture.

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Artworks

Appearance of Crosses 2021-5, 2021, Mixed media on basswood
Appearance of Crosses 2021-6, 2021, Mixed media on basswood
Appearance of Crosses 2021-B1, 2021, Acrylic, chalk and pencil on customised rice paper
Appearance of Crosses 2021-B4, 2021, Acrylic, chalk and pencil on customised rice paper
Appearance of Crosses 2016-6, 2016, Mixed media on basswood
Appearance of Crosses 2016-B7, 2016, Acrylic on handmade paper

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