Huang Li-Ying (b. 1993) is a Changhua born, Taipei-based artist. He graduated with a master's degree in fine arts from National Taiwan University of Arts. In 2019, Huang awarded both Kaohsiung Award and CTBC Arts Award. He has been invited to several group exhibitions in Taipei, and has held three solo exhibitions in the same year awarded. The exhibitions are respectively The Truthy Stone, located in NTUA Nine Single Arts Practice Space and USR 329, and S.S Project, located in Hsinchu 241 Art Gallery. Huang uses his intuition to perceive from stones, that were born in nature. By gradually adding up layers of the pencil traces, he seeks for the sense of mysterious and specialty in his works.
Confronting the stones, Huang receives the nature through truthiness, which he associates things in a straightforward way. It is transformed from the three-dimension reality to a two-dimension platform, then constructs into a whole new look with traits of the media and medium. As a result, his works have revealed a surrealism and cryptic feeling. In the single-colored or low-chroma drawings, he applies the reflective characteristic of pencil-drawings. Huang breaks through the usual measures learnt from his past trainings in sketching, instead, he accumulates the traces deeper as the light being more intense. Thus, looking the works from different angles, the appearance of the stone remains changing. As such, Huang combines his observation and imagination, so as to organize the whole new world in his works of art.
The work aims to locate the relationship between the light in the exhibition hall and the viewers. Due to the particularity of the medium, the capture of shadows in the original sketch is reversed: on the black background, the parts that need light are drawn stroke by stroke. However, graphite, a soft and dark grey form, reveals its special essence from different perspectives. When the viewers appreciate the work from varied angles in the exhibition hall, lights and shadows on the work will change accordingly. This process looks like the viewers are chasing after the light, and at the same time, it makes the two-dimensional work dynamic.
Shapes and components of strange stones are selected for the drawn objects. The certain objects allow the viewers to project their abstract emotions and imaginations—viewers with different social backgrounds would have personal interpretations. The play with darkness and light shown on the special shape expands the imagination within the picture space. The work subtly arranges many parameters, so that viewers can speculate and imagine the work through their senses.