Artists：Anderson & Low，Christian Chambenoit，Liz Hingley，Guo Guozhu，Yan Yibo，Zhang Jin
The C14 Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition Space Touching of ‘Defamiliarzation’，as the opening exhibition for a new space. The curator of this exhibition is Lin Lu and he will present the artwork of Anderson & Low, Christian Chambenoit,, Liz Hingley, Guo Guozhu, Yan Yibo, Zhang Jin. Guo Guozhu and Yan Yibo, who are all new artists that have collaborated with the C14 Gallery. The opening party will be held from 1pm to 4pm on March 13th (Sunday) in the C14 Gallery. Thanks for coming.
Russian artist Viktor Shklovsky once said something inspired by Art as Technique “The reason art exists is to revive people’s sense for life and to make people feel what objects are. For examplea rock, when it is touched, has the texture of a rock, which will stand out. The aim of art is to make people feel objects with their sensory organs rather than only to making people see what kind of object it is. The skill in art is to de-familiarize the object whilst making their expression complex. This is in order to increase the difficulty in feeling an object and to prolong the duration of the feeling. This is because the feeling process itself is for an aesthetic purpose, which determines that the duration of the feeling has to be prolonged.
Touching space of “defamiliarzation” may be the key to prolonging the aesthetic pleasure. As a kind of visual art, photography and installation art usually enjoys an unique substitutability----once plane photography arouses people’s desire to have a substantial touch or stereo installation attracts people’s visual sense to try a spatial touch, synaesthesia comes into being. In this way, aesthetic pleasure rises up in our soul naturally and mysteriously.
In New Process, British photographers Anderson & Low use a special composition to produce a chemical effect which succeeds in arousing people’s desire to touch on the condition that it is pretty difficult to create a visual “touch”. Another of their artworks called Architecture shares features with that of Chaos by Yan Yibo. The two works use different means to achieve a similar end. The features are: the former expresses metaphysics by creating a texture of “chaos” due to the thickness of the night atmosphere; the latter composes a very interesting visual “touch” with a seemingly “chaotic” yet extremely sober philosophical idea in which the motion of photo is blurred, even when the definition of visual image is destroyed.
Actually, the space touching of “de-familiarisation” may be an abnormal expression of artistic attributes. Abstraction, another series of photos by Anderson & Low, pushes the abnormal sense of “touch” to its extreme------the sensitive visual sense of the photographer transforms the stereo architecture of life into an almost pure plane, abstract piece of work. However, when you fixate on the abstracted plane space, you may have the illusion that the plane space transforms into a multi-layerof stereo space. The transformation can become extremely complicated in a second. The Northeast Landscape by Zhang Jin has something in common with Abstraction. Its visual composition is abnormal, intending to break out from the limits of a human’s ability to recognize nature, though such an ability may last for thousands of years. This composition is both sensible and sensitive.
The Entrance Hall by Guo Guozhu, similar to the religious space of Liz Hingley, is a more abnormal anthropological representation of a spatial landscape which deserves meticulous “touch”. In the indifferent space of the former, there are a great number of details, which may make people feel heartbroken; the latter gives a deep sigh over the displacement of our soul against a background of daily life.
Considering the relationship between form and reality, the mission of the artist is to accept society as it is, through a new form. That is to say, the artist has to accept society by regarding it as a more complicated, richer “realistic world” which is superior compared to the rigid, old form. It is only in this way that man can be forced to reform his subjective world. This kind of space touching of “defamiliarzation” is a pretty passive task to be carried out in an utmost active manner. This tries to keep pace with the development of the modern world in an “aesthetic” manner. Besides, this finds a location for the form of a new spatial-temporal experience and social experience which is dominated and produced from technique and commodity.
All the artists gathering here firmly express their world view, which is similar to the novelist Kundera, through their seemingly careless photos.Is that to say that the world is simply a pure space without any significance? Or more than Kundera, humans themselves are mysterious space morphologies whose meanings are hard for anyone to define, judging from the visual installation of Christian Chambenoit. This is because of the uniqueness of visual work and spatial touch. Therefore, why don’t we calm down, abandon the search for meaning and purely enjoy the aesthetics of spatial touch.
The C14 Gallery has moved into the new space at the Pudong Expo Area, and is the first art gallery situated within this area. The large exhibition space is able to accommodate more extensive works of art and provides a comfortable viewing environment. C14 is dedicated to supplying more exhibitions and activities in the future. On April 10th, the C14 gallery will present Wang Yishu’s solo exhibition Open Ending.
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