Wang Xingwei, Ji Gong, oil on canvas, 240×200cm, 2015

Both Wang Xingwei’s Ji Gong and Duan Jianyu’s The Muse has Awoken No.3 both offer conspicuous comical impressions, which on the one hand, articulate a kind of literary comedy from the narrations of the figures on canvas, their expressions, motion, theatricality and etc., while stylistically – be it Wang Xingwei’s compositional momentum and the exaggeration rendered through brushwork, or Duan Jianyu’s kitsch and crass emphasis – give shape to the comedy of mannerism, providing theatricality for the language of painting. Thirdly, they are comical on a cultural history level as they have adopted the Baroque style to portray the Mad Monk and placed the Goddess on Dunhuang murals into modern countryside context, this kind of casual yet poignant fusion has taken the “La Comédie Humaine” approach to respond to the rapidly evolving Chinese society and the unsettled dust of cultural order.

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I want to try to build such a “stage”, where all the individual performers have multiple aspects, including the visible and the invisible, the real and the hypothetical. These bodies are at the same time physical proofs of the real world and symbols that connect all kinds of desires. They are signs of a certain period of history but also void of any specific historical meaning.
Do they exist between imagination and ambiguity? They maintain a relative synchronization within different orders; they are introspective presences in public space; they share the same space but ignore each other. This is a stage filled with normality and abnormality. It is my experiment with video, and my understanding of the world that I live in.

Tao Hui, Talk About Body, Video, Color, Sound, 3′45′′, 2013

The artist addressed in her own room, acting as an Islamic girl. She toke the article which was written by a physical anthropologist analyzing his own body as the chief source. He analyzes the body structure,,physiognomy characteristic and blood lineage gene objectively in detail and fabricates a ceremony scene according to the authentic materials. He attempts to abandon emotion and focus on his own body, resist the over-spiritual confinement by traditional religion and try to make a balance between them. “I give up all of my prejudice and create my body by natural facts.

Zhang Peili, Assignment No.1

《作业一号》展示常规化验血样採集的影像:以消毒无脂棉球擦拭手指、用採血锥扎破手指、出血、玻璃吸管採血、用消毒棉花擦去手指上的血迹、挤压手指使其再次出血、用吸管採血。如此重复数次,最后将吸管内的血滴在玻璃片上,刮片。作品的影像均以慢速播放。这个有严格流程的纪录片让我们联想到人体控制的技术。一如张培力同时期的其他作品,《作业一号》让观众质疑作品所记录的严格流程,实际来自种种经编制的身体操控技术,把原本让人不适的过程转换为例行公事甚至沉闷的步骤。

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