- “Practice of Portraits” ( a series of 5 works )
- “Practice of Portraits,” Op.55,Acrylic color, mineral color, tea, pencil, A4 paper, on rice paper
- A Person Who Has Never Seen the Ocean
- A Romantic Person
- About Wang Taocheng’s Untitled ( Plank Bar and the Abandoned Garden of Commerzbank )
- Between Face and Lips, ink, mineral pigment, pencil, acrylic, 400 x 33cm, 2011
- Between Face and Lips
- Frankfurt Fireworks in 5 Parts,ink, watercolor, mineral pigment, tea water, gold powder, xuan paper, 477 x 33 cm, 2012
- Sister，chinese ink, pencil，180 × 33 cm, 2009
- Still Lifes: Wild Ducks and Swans Arrive in Frankfurt,ink, watercolor, mineral pigment, tea water, gold powder, xuan paper, 356 x 33 cm, 2012
- Untitled (Plank Bar and the Abandoned Garden of Commerzbank)， pencil, ink, water color on xuan paper， 390 x 33 cm, 2011
- What is Revealed by the Tide No.1,ink, watercolor, mineral pigment, tea water, gold powder, xuan paper, 520 x 33 cm, 2012
- What is Revealed by the Tide No.2,ink, watercolor, mineral pigment, tea water, gold powder, xuan paper, 520 x 33 cm, 2012
- I'll Be Your Mirror
August 10th, 2013 - September 11th, 2013
- What is Revealed by the Tide: Wang Taocheng Solo Show October 13th, 2012 - November 20th, 2012
- Cold Comfort
February 4th, 2012 - March 18th, 2012
- Crossing Worlds : Wang Taocheng Works on PaperJanuary 11th, 2012 - January 15th, 2012
- Learning from the Literati 2September 6th, 2011 - October 17th, 2011
Untitled (Plank Bar and the Abandoned Garden of Commerzbank)， pencil, ink, water color on xuan paper， 390 x 33 cm, 2011
From right to left, there are three pictures on this scroll. The first picture is a scene of Plank, a small bar situated in an area of the Fankfurt railway station. There are many kebab houses and hotels in the surrounding area. The following two pictures are gardens of the Commerz Bank building. This building was abandoned after the bank moved to their own office building, and is now vacant. Each window has a shutter which moves automatically in the direction of sun everyday. When they are folded closed, the window glass reflects images from three pyramid-like glass sculptures.
I could see them everyday from my room in Taunusstrasse. The poem in the work is entitled ” A Sigh in the Court of Perpetual Faith.” It was written by poet Wang Changling (Tang Dynasty, AD 618 – 907). The woman in this poem is Ban Jieyu (BC 48. 2 Han Dynasty), a famous female writer in Chinese history, who was good at writing prose. She was a concubine of the Han Emperor. In order to get away from the political intrigue of the court, she moved to Changxin Palace to serve the Queen and lived a lonely life until her death. In her work, she often used the metaphor of a circle.
In this work, however, she uses the metaphor of the fan to describe her fate: “After summer, it /I will be destined to be thrown away and be forgotten.” This important poem by Wang is one of her most ambiguous and obscure pieces. It may come off as a slightly maudlin work recounting the story of an unfair fate, but it hints at a certain history of “separateness, being abandoned and conspiracy.” I look at how these factors can interact to create an impact on the life of an individual to explore the idea of hopelessness of the fate.