Thoughts Beyond Art World
Source:artintern.net Author:Zhu Mo Date: 2012-12-08 Size:
Art is an important way to release emotions and bear free spirits. Art critic Arthur C Danto believes that the form is no longer the biggest issue since art history has developed so far. The free speech, however, is more important for artists. Meanwhile, the art meaning is more dependent on context, social and historical backgrounds. Therefore, it’s necessary to ask what we can find beyond the art itself.

  Art is an important way to release emotions and bear free spirits. Art critic Arthur C Danto believes that the form is no longer the biggest issue since art history has developed so far. The free speech, however, is more important for artists. Meanwhile, the art meaning is more dependent on context, social and historical backgrounds. Therefore, it’s necessary to ask what we can find beyond the art itself.

  Since Opening and Reform in China, varied development has prevailed since 2000. Some artists are greatly received in the market while the majority is declining under poverty. People often measure the success of an artist by his market value , and classify them into different degrees. Therefore, artists born in the 70s and 80s become commercialized soon, which makes them familiarized with how to market themselves while attaching too much to art itself.

  The living conditions of young artists can be seen in this Transcend Boundaries Invitational Exhibition. They are active in various kinds of exhibitions, with mature personal language and audience. The art activities make them unique in individual language. Participating artists of this exhibition want to transcend themselves, and explore unknown area in the world of art.

  In today’s art world where art and life are inseparable, some artists would want to identify themselves by strong personal styles, such as Zeng Yang, Hu Ling, Huang Ling and Wu Shuang, where abstract forms exceed themes. Zeng Yang is always focused on the struggle in life and dramatic emotions in pop culture; Hu Ling lingers between abstract and specific pictures, where blurred narration and plot are expressed through coincidences; Huang Ling takes special interests in various symbols and religious metaphors; Wu Shuang’s themes are related to dreams, with symbolic shapes and colors. Other artists are more attached to reality, based on personal living conditions, with the presentation of issue and concepts as ultimate goals. Qin Qing, Chen Xianhui and Zhao Yang’s works demonstrate the complexity of individual existence. Qin and Chen explore deeply into space and memory. What’s different is that Qin builds a passage through time with memory fragments; Chen pictures huge construction relics through déjà vu angles; Zhao is satirical in his paintings of women and flowers. Shen Hua and Nie Zhengjie take the ridiculous figures as clues. Shen pictures the features of lower classes through details while Nie prefers abstraction and deformation in sketch. Some artists want to resort to serenity of traditional scholars, such as Cai Huanbing, Li Meng and Du Haijun. Cai studies traditional ink painting, and reflects the features in static object paintings. Du’s paintings of urban buildings are delicate without any exaggeration. Li’s painting are filled with ancient elegance due to his obsession with grey tracks in ink painting.

  What’s worth noting is that different attitudes are formed in their own art styles. Once the style is formed, artist will face their own challenges and bottlenecks—lack of form, concept or originality. At that time, the old art form becomes useless yet hard to abandon for it is of market value but useless in art creation. Therefore, it becomes necessary to step outside of cliché and get rid of market strains to pursue independent and free spirits, which seemingly becomes the issue in this exhibition in need of solution.

  The author believes that under the current social conditions, it is more important for artists to break the stereotype in thinking than forms. Many things need to be found out of art woks. Form-oriented artists tend to depend too much on certain materials and become lazy when those materials are completely mastered. If self-identification and bias can be get rid of, more materials will be included in art creation and can remain fresh for longer time. Artists who pay great attention to individual achievements need to deeply explore different life styles for life is a part of daily life for people. Therefore to change the regular state of life and look for new experiences are decisive to change individual art presentations. Besides, concept-oriented artists should not confine themselves in art. They should transcend the boundaries and participate more in social practices and explore new issues in practical experiences.

  Contemporary art is more dependent on the context beyond the art itself to be effective. Du Shang’s urine pool reveals a theory that art knows no boundaries and the greatest danger for art comes from self-constraint. If free spirit and originality are valued as essence in contemporary art, many artists are hardly contemporary. Therefore, artists can find what’s real about themselves when transcending the boundaries into a really free state. Only in this way, art can provide spiritural reality and freedom for artists and break the constraints in art development.

  November 10th, 2012

[Editor] 常霞

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