Group Exhibition <How Do We Become A Part of This World> #12

ArtistQi Li(CN), Hui Tao(CN), Yuxiao Yi(CN), Jin Zhang(CN), Yangchao Shen(CN)

Curator:Lynn S.

Opening Party2014.11.2  19:30

Exhibition Duration2014.11.2 - 2014.11.21(Fri.-Sun. 14:00 - 18:00)

AddressDimensions Art Center(DAC)

Introduction by Curator

The exhibition you are about to visit is How do we become a part of this world.Being individuals, we are situated in the world yet cannot see it as a whole. Our understanding of the world is built upon assumptions based on our individual experiences. Any language attempting to restore reality is fictitious. We take the assumptions as being true. How Do We Become A Part of This World in Chong Qing will feature works by five young artists, who choose to illustrate the relationship between the individual world and the external world via multimedia. Among their works, we can clearly see a kind of unconscious commonality—the way to deal with reality and fiction. They no longer face the world with straightforward and sensual artistic language like their predecessor artists; instead they coincidentally choose a circuitous way to probe reality. They disrupt the order of fiction and reality, and use the rhetoric between realism and fantasy to interpret our existence in this world.

- Lynn S.

Introduction by Curator

“How do we become part of this world”, works by artists from Chengdu Blue Art District, made its exhibition in the DAC as its stop in Chongqing during the tour. Artists include Qi Li, Hui Tao,  Yuxiao Yi, Jin Zhang and Yangchao Shen. Curator: Lynn S (China), from Museum of Contemprary Art Chengdu.


Opening Party of the Exhibition


Works by artists participating in Exhibition

Qi Li
Born in Qing Hai in 1984
Graduated from Oil Painting Department of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2009
Now lives and works in Beijing.
Qi Li's works have  been concerned about how language intervention dispels  the significance of actions. He attempt to figure out whether there is a mutual overriding 
hierarchical  relationship between formal language and the meaning of art works, or there is a kind of Guideline which controlling the relationship.
Therefore, we could read discussions between thinking and working in videos he made.
The Guidelines of Behavioral  Inhibition includes two parts: a professional taekwondo  player is performing silently in the right screen and a female announcer is introducing taekwondo to us using standard language in the left one. The introduction of taekwondo which sounds likely very serious are actually ridiculous.
The aesthetics language unrelated to the process of actual performance interferes with actions and dispels the essential meaning of taekwondo.
The Band Lead Singer Who Fantasizes to Exchange with the Drummer is also about language intervention for action. A drummer of a band who is playing continues to be interrupted so often by dialogue showing on TV that  the performing process is cut into incoherent pieces. The interference language appeared to be well- intentioned tips for the viewers shattered their psychological expectation for a musical performance and made performance meaningless.


The Guidelines of Behavioral Inhibition, Video, 2012


The Band Lead Singer Who Fantasizes to Exchange with the Drummer,
Single frequency double channel, Video, 2014

Yuxiao Yi
1989 born in Chengdu
Studying for master's degree in new media art department of Sichuan fine arts institute
Now lives and works in Chongqing and Chengdu
This film is Yuxiao Yi’s
reflection after the project.When she creating it, she put her personality into two. One is the narrator, another is a spectator. The narrator make a story with she`s knowledge. By the view of the spectator, she immediately started ask why she ask this question when the narrator asked a question. she look at her upbringing, social, family, and so on influenced her and looking for the sources of motivation for her to make judgments. Images of this video are from the Childers's stick figure painting, the illustrations in textbooks. From the micro perspective,
Yuxiao Yi fictional a world which all the particle can be seen. Walking is an experiment. Due to my limited knowledge of the world, the artist construct a ridiculous circulatory system, reflections on female identity and technology, humanity.


 Works by artists participating in #12 Exhibition

Shen Yangchao
Born in Sichuan in 1987
Graduated from Oil Painting Department of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2009.
Now lives and works in Chengdu.
In Diary of Dr. R is a work of the artist’s imagination of others’ life overlaid with and his individual experience. In a relatively independent space, the artist created a private place that is both illusional and real by an elaborate layout of light boxes, videos,images, and objects. Shen got inspired by a scrawl on the walls of an abandoned house: Love,like bubbles, burst upon a touch. By chance, Shen found an abandoned house where traces of the past life loitered, such as scrawls on the walls, divorce papers torn into pieces and nail polish in the corner… These stuffs easily became evidence of Shen’s peeping at other's lives. Then the artist was attracted by an abandoned playground,where the spirit of old days ignited the artist’s free imagination. Finally, Dr. R showed up to chain together all the imaginations, selfexperience, reality existed in the past and made up a new one. In this multi-media work, X-rays and cockroac bodies collected from the house are displayed in light boxes as materials. In the video one pair of pale hands slowly applied nail polish, the one also taken from that house. In addition, Shen put some photos in the work as a  means of emotional supplement to bring audience into a space with fantasy an made-up memories.


Diary of Dr. R, Light boxes, Videos, Images, Objects, 2014

Zhang Jin
Born in Sichuan in 1978

Graduated from University of Science and Technology of China in 1996 PhD in Chemistry, NYU.POLY, USA in 2007.
Now Lives and Works in Chengdu
Zhang Jin's exhibits consist of two separate works so that viewers can either appreciate them independently, or get an overall experience through the correlation in between. This group of photo work attempts to provide different view angles towards objects and cultural imagination behind them.
With regard to the presentation means, Zhang Jin used X-ray film instead of the traditional one. After operations in the darkroom, the artist finished his workswith photogramme, undermining common ways of seeing.
The object of Ant Crossing River is the sapless tree branches in Zhang Jin’s studio. He took only part of branches on the film, which is similar to the omission approach used in traditional Chinese bird-and-flower paintings. In the photos, the branches look like human veins or cells under a high-power microscope, or wisting rivers on the earth in aerial photos.The artist was inspired by an oriental classification of animals coincided by Borges. Unlike the rational classification commonly applied in western world, the oriental method features in a romantic, perceptual touch. Although it might be‘the oriental’in the western mind, it triggered the artist’s alertness to cultural differences.


Borges Says  X-ray film, Ground glass, Wood, 2014


Ant Crossing River, Photogram digital print, 2014

Tao Hui
Born in Chong Qing in 1987
Graduated from Oil Painting Department of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2010.
Now Lives and Works in Beijing.
Tao Hui’s work extended identity confusion, questioning and alienation from outside world. In Talk about Body, the inquiry into identity has become scientific analysis at the level of paranoid . The artist, dressed up as an Islamic girl, made a speech in her own room. Based on an analysis of his own body by an anthropologist, this performance gave a detailed and objective analysis of the body structure, physiognomy characteristic and blood lineage gene , with injection of an old woman’s voice in its later part. A ritual scene was made with authentic materials. The artist, therefore, attempted to abandon emotional factors and to focus on her/his own body, and to reflect on confinement by traditional religions, thus achieving a balance between the material body and the spiritual one.


Talk About Body, Colors and sound single channel video, 2013