光环、花园和湖 Aura, Gardens and Lake：
文 / 冀少峰
Text / Ji Shaofeng
Through the visual expression deeds of three artists, Lang Xuebo, Chen Bo, and Tang Xiao, readers can not only clearly see their visual narrative logic, but also reveal their sincere thinking and passionate expression of contemporary society and artistic life.An indisputable fact is that their visual narrative and the passionate narration permeating it are already significantly different from their parents and teachers.On the one hand, they seldom have the sense of suffering and tragedy of their predecessors, and they have less heavy and grand narratives. They pay more attention to the small "me", the living situation of self in the drastic social development and transformation.This is not only because they were born and grew up in an era of change. Although they did not experience the hardships and vicissitudes of the "Cultural Revolution", they were indeed very lucky to face the opening of a great era - ideological emancipation and reform and opening up.Their cultural horizons are more open, and they are inevitably imbued with a brand of cultural capitalization and capital globalization. The rare international style can give readers a fresh and friendly feeling.In the homogeneous narration of the generations, they all maintain a heterogeneous visual spiritual appeal.
Lang Xuebo established Lang's discourse with "volume" narration, which is concise but not simple, bright and tense.In fact, behind Lang Xuebo's visual narration, there is a deep artistic sociological thought, that is, space power and image politics. Behind those concise and powerful visual expressions, there is a deep worry about spatial order.If we take it a step further, he is actually discussing or focusing on exploring the construction of a modern civilization order that conforms to the character of Chinese civilization.He speaks out his thoughts, expresses his concepts, and uses concise language to demonstrate rich philosophical thinking. His ability to penetrate the complicated reality is really unforgettable for readers.
If it is said that Chen Bo has the characteristics of visual narrative of vivid socialist experience, he constantly walks out of romantic nostalgia and sadness, and what he replaces is his cultural memory and spiritual watch in the meantime.Not only Chen Bo's visual memory, but also the spiritual mark of a generation.The internationalization of subject matter not only leads Chen Bo to a wider spiritual space, but also his unremitting passion for expressionism, especially those charming off-white tones and deformed and elongated characters, indeed puts a striking label of Chen Bo on readers.
Tang Xiao's visual vocabulary and rhetoric inevitably bear a strong imprint of abstract expressionism.Recently, he has been experimenting with the combination of two-dimensional painting and installation, and the conversion between two-dimensional and three-dimensional. On the one hand, he broke through the changes in gaze and viewing methods brought about by a single narrative on the easel, and on the other hand, he made the installation have the style of easel painting.And style, what is constructed is a kind of contradiction, conflict, constant reconciliation, and even a mix of anxiety and uneasiness, focus, non-focus, quiet and restlessness, uneasiness and anxiety have become the key words of his visual narrative.The recent works show the generation of a dangerous pattern in the undercurrent, and the deep political nature behind the concept and images is self-evident.
The three artists made self-differentiated thinking about their living conditions with their sincere visual exploration.They neither evaded the problems they faced in their own living situation, nor did they deliberately express themselves with a false sublime. They were sincere and real, passionate and rational. Their individualized living experience and visual expression just confirmed aThe era of pluralism and diversity is coming.It is this strong personal visual narrative feature that undoubtedly promotes the prosperity of contemporary art to a more diverse and open perspective, and it is precisely these vivid visual expressions that also achieve and promote contemporary art to have a multi-prism of thought.Characteristics.Obviously, the three artists have brought a fresh force to the re-start of art.
February 4, 2017 at 4:25 pm at Sanguandian, East Lake
Exhibition time: February 24, 2017 - March 20, 2017
Exhibition location: Halls 1 and 3 of Tanghu Art Museum (in Tanghu Park, No. 1 Xinghua Road, Wuhan Economic and Technological Development Zone)
Participating artists: Lang Xuebo, Chen Bo, Tang Xiao
Curator: Wang Xinyao
Fiberglass, wooden boards, ceramic tiles, artificial lawns
Tanghu Art Museum Collection