“Poems on the wall” Exhibition
City: Shanghai
Duration: 2014-10-24 ~ 2014-11-15
Opening: October 24th, 2014 16:00-19:00
Venue: Mustard Seed Space
Address: Rm.101, Block 5, 50 Moganshan Road
Participating Artist(s): Ash Hempsall,ZHONG Yunshu,GAO Ruyun,MAO Jun,WANG Xin
Host(s): Mustard Seed Space

Mustard Seed Space is thrilledto announce that the experimental group show, Poems, On the Wall will be on scene from 24th October 2014, inwhich, for the first time, the five artists work with poems as a visual medium.Originally, medium means an intermediate course of action that occupies aposition or represents a condition midway between extremes. Here, the audiencewill find these artworks unique poems. Meanwhile, poems on the wall is going tobecome a new medium of art creation, just as other once-new mediums like oil oncanvas, and to gain independent statues on the walls of museums and galleries.This exhibition dedicates to discuss poem as a visual representation of script,and its confrontation and coexistence with visual arts.

At the mean time, on 25th October, the day afterthe opening, the curatorial team of Poems,On the Wall will present an extended show, 3 People in a Poem, at “The Gallery” during the West Bund ArtFestival. In the afternoon, we will have the chance to see how the poet-artist,curator and translator work together behind the scene, how the show is producedand how they involve in others’ roles. In an intermediate art space like “TheGallery” that sets itself apart with the traditional ones, also an art projectinitiated by Chinese artist WANG Xin in 2013, the functions of these 3 peopleare always overlapped.

In ancient times, people farmand work, writing poem to sing, matching poem with painting. The convergence ofpoem, melody and painting can be dated to very early period of the humanhistory. Reading a wonderful poem is like enjoying a quartet that could beheard, seen, smelt and touched between the lines. Hiding from the royal salonand sneaking into the secret places of bourgeoisies, ascending from a soul shybut proud, singing under the window of the beloved one, poem never running outof imagination nor support. Through creative visualization, inspiration fromthe nature and the rules of logic, poets gain deeper perception of the world.

In this show, ZHONG Yunshuapplies the ancient three-character primer as her verse style, through deconstructingthe basic patterns, recalling the moment of reciting poems in her childhood,she searches for an original experience of poems; GAO Ruyun presents a pair ofhumorous pictures in a way that troubles people when they traditionally readthe poem to explore the possibilities for poem to fight against the nothingnessof time; new media artist WANG Xin puts web code into poems as meters andinvites the audience to follow the drift away with the link inside of thebottle post and to enter that virtual sea formed by digital poems a thousandmiles away; While MAO Jun presents his hundreds of years suitcase being turnedinside out to discuss the “truth” of things; poet Ash Hempsall writes a poem asa “post-suicide note” to enter the last 48 hours of Vincent Van Gogh’s life.

These scripts and voices areforming another image, which bring life to the “October Revolution” on thewall, just like what Karl Krolow said:

The legend of walls

Has been used for creation

By children of 8-years old orthe black hours.

And we walk over

To salute to our thinking.


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[Editor] 孙雯