When was the last time you had a genuine, carefree laugh?
Living in this post-pandemic world, we have endured erratic turmoil, while the plague of the mind has silently spread to every corner of the earth. As we move into midsummer, Rich Art is presenting “Smile Face: 2021 Wang Bo-Cheng Solo Exhibition,” hoping that the transcending smiles of animals will be able to reignite our authentic emotions, soothe the tension in our hearts, and spread hope.
The works that are displayed in this exhibition are extensions of Wang Bo-Cheng’s 2019 “Divine Beasts” series, showcasing lively depictions of animals first by creating bold, momentous brushstrokes and then applying the Mogu method. Through keen observation of the surroundings, the artist interprets personal emotions and experiences through his works and integrate them into each animal portrait. Wang also adds a touch of human positivity into the works, such as the panda’s innocent, playful smiles in Slide and Fighting, the happy smiles of the two deer in Bro, and the cheeky, proud-looking corgi hidden in the smiling face of the fox in Who faked being the little prince’s fox, and the satisfied smiles of the cats in Carry me. These intuitive, genuine images speak to the inner states behind our smiles and resemble the first ray of sunshine at dawn, gently beckoning: “It’s a brand new day. Don’t let the world change your smile!”