Symphony of Gravity & Harshness
Symphony of Gravity & Harshness
Apr 24 – Jul 24 2021
Artists: Cao Yu, He Xiangyu, Hu Qingyan, Hu Weiyi, Li Binyuan, Li Nu, Lin Ke, Liao Fei, Liu Chengrui, Xu Zhen, Yang Jian, Yang Mushi, Wang Sishun, Zhang Ding
Curator: Li Boyan
Art Director: Ge Hui
Opening: Apr 24 15:30
展览场地：武夷山市武夷大道26号，G+ Art Space 展览时间：2021年4月24日-7月24日
Venue: G+ Art Space ，No.26 Wuyi Avenue, Wuyishan City
时代的痕迹，总在不知不觉中影响着生于那个年代的人。G+ ART SPACE 即将举办的展览《重度的情调》，邀请青年策展人李泊岩担任策划，展出包括曹雨、何翔宇、胡庆雁、胡为一、厉槟源……共14位出生于上世纪70年代末至90年代初的艺术家的创作，共同审视这一时代基因的影响和特质。
The traces of the time always affect people born in certain era in subtle ways. In the upcoming exhibition Symphony of Gravity & Harshness that hosted by G+ ART SPACE, we invite Li Boyan as the curator. Works of 14 artists ，including Cao Yu, He Xiangyu, Hu Qingyan, Hu Weiyi, and Li Binyuan etc. who was born in the late 1970s to early 1990s, will be showed. These works collectively reflect the influence and characteristics of genes in a specific historical stage in contemporary China.
In 1982, population of China exceeded 1 billion. Along with the emergence of the baby boom, the wave of popular culture in the West, Hong Kong and Taiwan has also come. The pursuit of "sentiment" has become a new demand for people to release their emotions since the " Reform and Opening". Poets and young artists have emerged in large numbers. Just as the Chinese people finally freed themselves from the monotonous blue, green and gray costumes, the long-repressed tone in people's hearts has also found their own new way of singing. Expressing personal emotions freely seems to be the most warm thing in the "Spring Story". In the art world at the end of 1985, Robert Rauschenberg, who was on a global tour exhibition, brought his collage works to China and exhibited at the National Art Museum of China and the Tibet Exhibition Center. It was once regarded as one of the most influential exhibitions on Chinese contemporary art. Chinese art has been gradually liberated from its inherent form. Vigorous visual experiments and unrestrained artistic language have driven art movements and ideological emancipation to a more free space for discourse.
In the 1990s, with the development of electronic communication technology, the rapid flow of information in the Internet age and the gradual restoration of cultural gaps have given contemporary artists a unique and complex expression experience. In this process, the "alternation and gaming" of old and new ideas is deeply imprinted in the works of this generation of artists. They are constantly testing and choosing in the "unbearable harshness of being". They instinctively pay attention to various social issues and emphasize that artistic creation should proceed from the problem. Artists not only have to face the capital vortex that intends to sweep and swallow everything, but also desperately carry out artistic innovation. In their works, there is not only a sentimental romance, but also a revolutionary gesture of personal heroism. Artists of this generation seek their own survival coordinates in the quadrant formed by "freedom" and "gravity".
In Chinese, gravity and harshness can be expressed in the same word. “Gravity”, as a noun, specifically refers to the weight per unit volume. And in psychology, the word “harshness” specifically refers to the severity of emotions. In the exhibition Symphony of Gravity& Harshness, we use the dual concept to present "sentiment" as a special form of common memory to highlight the power of resistance, irony, jokes, and ridicule shown by artists when they encounter various problems today, so as to face the "severity" of the contradiction between human nature and society.