2020 看 2020
2020 Watch 2020
Text / Lan Qingwei
2020 is like a test paper. When the Spring Festival of the Gengzi Year of the Lunar Calendar is approaching, the standard answers are announced to everyone. Although we have the answers in our hands, they cannot solve the fear and uneasiness experienced by the epidemic. Accompanied by the words "tomorrow will be better", the starting point of "history" in memory is often fixed in today, not the yesterday of history, so forgetting has become the normal state of people's memory. Amidst the "click" sound of clockwork, people can't wait to look forward to the arrival of tomorrow—that full of unknowns—and also eagerly look forward to the early passing of today. With such a mentality, the 2020 new crown epidemic that has not yet completely passed seems to have long been "history" beyond the sky, and yesterday has only become a time coordinate in the sea.
Whether it is "art should follow the times" or "art enters history", 2020 can be regarded as a turning point in history. Speculation... For a while, "epidemic development" became a high-frequency vocabulary, but few people listened carefully to the inner feelings of compatriots in the epicenter of the epidemic. Similar to the "Truth and Ideal: Artists' 2020" exhibition held by Sichuan artists at Chengdu Blue Roof Art Museum at the beginning of the year, "Truth and Ideal: Hubei Contemporary Art 2020" is an exhibition that focuses on presenting the appearance of contemporary art exhibitions in Hubei. In planning the exhibition, the curators intentionally gave up academic themes, and hoped to present a simple effect. Regardless of whether the works are related to the epidemic or not, these works are all about the true inner reactions of Hubei artists: either they are not alarmed, or Touching, or continuation of the past...
If you look through 2020 from a point in time in the future, I hope that this sample of Hubei Contemporary Art 2020, composed of different artists in different states, can also reflect the inner truth of the readers.
October 24, 2020 - January 23, 2021
Hall 1, Chengdu Blue Roof Art Museum
Cai Ying, Chen Bo, Fu Zhongwang, Gong Jian, Lin Xin, Li Juchuan, Li Jikai, Li Yu + Liu Bo, Lang Xuebo, Ma Liuming, Tang Xiao, Wang Qingli, Wei Guangqing, Xu Wentao, Yuan Xiaofang, Yang Guoxin, Zheng Da, Zhou Hong, Zhan Rui, Zhang Wenbo
Tang Xiao’s abstract three-dimensional work made of the above colored acrylic wood panels extends the plane to a three-dimensional block, and the visual center that was originally a three-dimensional illusion has suddenly become a real entity, and the traces of color smearing on it are almost tangible and. For viewers, it undoubtedly directly provides a new viewing experience. As the artist said, "Construct the world with experience and this painting - this process can be reversed. Let the wall become the starting point, and the person becomes the end point. After a three-dimensional work is placed on the wall, the wall is the main body, like a tree trunk , the work is a branch, or an ax that cuts on the wall. The trunk is the place where it ends, it grows out and extends to people, and the end point is people. About two meters away, the work is one meter deep, and the space between the people and the work is the artist’s construction space and the state of the viewing experience.”
Starting from the realistic art tradition, to thinking about the so-called three-dimensional illusion in the modern and contemporary context, Tang Xiao has made continuous attempts and breakthroughs in his own artistic creation. An artist's thinking will never stop.
——Excerpt from "Hubei Academy of Fine Arts Newspaper" Issue 3, 2019 "Tang Xiao: Watching the Unknown——Seeing the Reunion of Strangers"