One day I saw the sunset forty-four times 

Liang Wang, Curated by Theresa Wang 

 August 16-28, 2018 

There are many reasons to leave a place. Whether it is willingly or reluctantly, to grow or to learn, the conditions of leaving make it possible to navigate throughout different spaces. Liang Wang’s upbringing has been marked by multiple points of departure. His childhood involved moving back and forth between the strained straits of China and Taiwan; later he and his family would cross larger bodies of water to live in multiple cities in Canada. 

Wang’s exhibition takes its name from a line in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince (1943), the seminal novella about the flight of imagination. One day I saw the sunset forty-four times presents a travel narrative akin to that of de Saint-Exupéry’s work. In his paintings, Wang parses through ordinary Toronto streetscapes to recreate the emotional experience of viewing a place for the first time. Having recently arrived in Toronto, Wang achieved introspection by exploring the city streets. What begins as a study of unfamiliar surroundings moves inquisitively into the realm of the alluring. 

Wang’s paintings reveal the complex dialogues between supplanting a place and creating fictive spaces through art-making. Though his eventual destination remains uncertain, Wang is comforted when he walks through the city with nowhere to be. For him, even everyday scenes have faint resonances that render time arrestingly still. He invites his audience to viscerally travel throughout the city with him as he did when he first arrived. Characterized by sumptuously saturated hues, Wang’s scenes are a tableau familiar to many Torontonians yet distinctly out of place, provoking a schism between the mundane and extraordinary. Wang employs vivid colours to create a hybrid portrait of Toronto. Viewing his surroundings as an integral part of his work, Wang maps out an urban environment primarily addressing the elements around him. His interpretations are characterized by a figurative style yet removed of people—as if to preserve the impressionistic memory of the place. Wang’s exhibition reimagines Toronto streetscapes and allows visitors to discover familiar scenes with renewed intensity and appreciation. 

 One day I saw the sunset forty-four times comprises of a series of oil paintings that convey the artist’s interests in notions of place and belonging. The exhibition also displays the artist’s sketchbook, revealing personal and ongoing processes and concerns. 

 —Theresa Wang 


Liang Wang is a Toronto-based painter raised in various parts of Taiwan, China, Australia and Canada. He has exhibited work in numerous groups shows at locations including Northern Contemporary Gallery (Toronto); Federation Gallery, Turnbull Gallery (Vancouver); and Rutherford Galleria (Edmonton). His work is in private collections in Canada and New Zealand. One day I saw the sunset forty-four times is his first solo show. Wang currently teaches painting at the McCanny Secondary School. 


Theresa Wang is a Taiwanese emerging writer, programmer, and researcher based in Toronto. Wang holds a BA Honours in art history and cinema studies from the University of Toronto. Wang’s current research revolves around moving images, posing questions upon archives, production, and practice. She is currently the TD Community Arts Space Research Assistant at the Gardiner Museum and the Curatorial Assistant at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. 


All Day Breakfast

Join us July 6th - 18th for All Day Breakfast, an illustration group show!

What is your morning ritual? Whether you’re an early riser or constantly hitting snooze, eating a full breakfast or relying on copious amounts of coffee, everyone has their own routine. All Day Breakfast takes an illustrative approach to exploring these habits and how different artists like to start their day. 

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