Huang Yong Ping, 黄永砯
L’Arc de saint Gilles, 2015
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
Contemporary Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping is one of the most influential artists working today. His works cross the divide between East and West, tradition and avant-garde. Huang Yong Ping’s installations and sculptures combine Buddhist, Taoist and Christian references along with Western philosophy. They are allegories of society and the hybridization of identity.
“L’Arc de saint Gilles is based on the legend of Saint Gilles, a 7th-centruy hermit living among wild animals in the south of France, who saved a doe from King Flavius’ arrow. According to the legend, the arrow pierced the saint’s hand. In Huang Yong Ping’s work, the doe, divided in two by the bow, reveals a hollow body lined with gold, giving the object an almost mystical quality.”