Long Gao is a Chinese Canadian artist currently based in Vancouver, Canada. He was born in Beijing, raised in British Columbia, and educated in Toronto where he graduated from OCAD University in 2014. In 2017, he completed two artist residencies in Spain, one in Barcelona and the other in a national park in the Andalusia Region. In 2019, he took part in a 3-month artist residency program in Berlin, where he lived and worked for 6 months before returning to Vancouver. Gao has held public exhibitions in Toronto, Barcelona, Berlin, and Vancouver as well as a virtual exhibition in 2020 during the pandemic.
… from a piece of the sky … is an installation composed of multiple abstract paintings. The pieces were made from a single painting that represents how light changes from day to night. The painting was cut into the many abstract shapes that were stretched over wood board, reﬁned, and rearranged to create the pieces of the installation. In many ways, each painting represents a fragment of a memory, feeling, or moment in time.
The image shown depicts the piece as installed on a 10 x 20 foot wall. The individual paintings are designed to be be arranged, grouped and fragmented as needed to ﬁt multiple site speciﬁc spaces.
Sometimes I imagine our souls were made from a piece of the sky that still dreams of ﬂoating away.
Many thin washes of metallic hues layer blankets of gestural brushstrokes between masses of golden points. The metallics catch the light and reflect it back towards the viewer, creating different effects depending on the angle and lighting conditions under which the piece is seen. The paintings are meant to be viewed from a variety of different angles, exposing hidden brush strokes and patterns that can only be seen when the light is reflected in a particular way. When observed for longer periods of time, the viewer’s eyes begin to adjust to the subtle shades of yellow to reveal variations in movement, colour, and gesture.