After the cool of April, Chongqing did not start to heat up this year, and sometimes the showers make people feel a little cold, which makes us have more tossing. When we came back there again, The recycling station was more like a river bed after the flood than the waste that was once piled up as a mountain.
The recycling station located at the junction of urban and rural areas is also like a grey area in society. It does not have the splendor of city, nor the natural ecology of countryside. The recycling station was a special and cracked sample between city and countryside in China, where you can find the replacement and surplus of the commodity consumption, and you can see the residue of many vulgar aesthetic and poor quality products. Furthermore, you can learn how people are seeking hard to find an upward way to survive. Even if you do not pay attention to the waste recycling industry, the boss has talked with you about both the latest national policies and the usual daily necessities. Sometimes he will reveal to you which of the relatives recently made a fortune, or he once rushed to the frontier to do business and the result was lost.
The project of 100 kilometers initiated in Chongqing this time, and it was like the opening stage of Hollywood movies. It always opens on the edge of a city or a barren land, and then spreads disintegration, vitality and belief. We hope to find an another way to describe the landscape city scaling up by the internet, and we expect more interesting content would be discovered in the 1000-square-meter recycling station. We invite different artists to come in and switch as much as possible from different perspectives. Two artists Ma Sai and Huang Jie participated in the project. Ma Sai combined the constraints of his parents with the current self-sate, reconstructed many behaviors and objects that were not allowed in his childhood, and then turned into a kind of absurd savage. Using artificial materials constantly unfamiliar the various materials found in the recycling station, Huang Jie constructed a witty and ridiculous language to explore identity anxiety in the process of urban-rural transfer.
Both artists have exonerated this experience as an out-of-control collision between an individual and reality. In the process, both of them are like wandering in the gap between urban and rural areas, but also the collectors who shuffles through their own experience and memory. Basis on their work, we have been able to revisit the concatenated scope - the struggle in the gray zone and the lack of experience in urban life. Similarly, What is even more different is that the artist's practice, and the final presentation in space is not merely a simple critique of consumption, an empty rhetoric such as production cycle or capital surplus, but an out-of-the-box playground. This point, just like the two kids who encountered their parents in this area during the unfolding of this project, are all toys and games in their eyes. At the same time, we can also see that in the live video of Ma Sai and the boss played melodious beats with homemade instruments composed of various junk materials, and echoed in the empty ruins.
Unlike curiosity, astonishment and tension when facing an enclave such as the recycling station, this time it is a kind of revisiting. It is both familiar and unfamiliar. Whether it is strolling chickens walking in the scrap, or toys that have been abandoned, there is a kind of helplessness and jealousy that reminded me one ancient poet, which says that village children came to greet me but knew me not, and they cheerfully took me for a visitor and enquired where I'd come from.
Recently the entrance to the recycling station was locked and it seemed that it had been relocated, and the wasteland was also expropriated to be a highway. While two other small waste recycling plants were moved to another side of the wasteland. The work was booming, and the revenue was very good.
Text ／ Ziran Li, Ziyun Wang
Artists Intro & Exhibiton Works：
Graduated from SiChuan Fine Arts Institute in 2015, 2015-2016 Young Artist Residency Program of SiChuan Fine Arts Institute, and postgraduate study in SiChuan Fine Arts Institute，now living in Chongqing. His practice includes painting, installation works. The medium include traditional tools, “SMART” elements, artificial leather, trash, and so on . Hope that through works to explore the phenomenon of a kind of situation, a unique social condition and a way of life. On one hand,Show the dialectic relation between urban trend and the traditional culture facing challenge. The contradiction which brought by Rural class pursuit of elite lifestyle. On the other hand,Through transforming the trash, put them into a larger, more overall "new space", to make the new associations between trash product and familiar leather material. The work is likely to be funny, full of meaning or meaningless. In order to consider how to accurately capture and understand the concerns about this era.
Name: “Success is equal to 30% plus 70%”
Medium: The Wastes, Man-made Leather
Size: Size Variable
Name: '' You can hold the world ,and the world can hold you ''
Medium: The Wastes, Convex Lens, Toy Deer, Motor
Graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2015, work and live in Chongqing now. His practice forms are various. The content of hie works are mainly related to his own growth experience. He focuses on the ecological issues and living space issues in the process of urbanization. With his own individual experience to reflect the society, from the transformation of various waste materials reflect the current urban ecosystem and natural ecosystem problems and relationships.
Name: '' Ger Ga Magenta Chicken ''
Size: Size Variable
Name: '' Duai Duai ''
Medium: Spring template, Vibrator
Size: Size Variable
100 Kilometers - Good Day to Play with Nothing
Jie Huang, Sai Ma
Ziran Li, Yanzi Hu
Yu Zhou, Ke Hu, Yuanshuai
Dimensions Art Center
2018.07.07( Sat ) 19:30
Monday closed, Friday to Sunday 14:00-18:00, please reservation from Tuesday to Thursday
Dimensions Art Center, No. 190 Guanjialin, Huangjueping, Jiulongpo District, Chongqing, China
About 100 Kilometers：
100 Kilometers is an art project organized spontaneously by artists, who participate contemporary art practice in different unconventional spaces in cities. It encourages local young artists and supports trial and error, thought or action experiment. Artists with different background are grouped together to form a temporary experimental community, which will promote and rethink the individual art production. In addition to the gallery and museum, 100 Kilometers try to build an autonomous platform for sustainable creation. Please check more info on http://onehundredkilometers.com.
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