Over the last few years, New Zealand-born Berlin-based artist Zac Langdon-Pole has cultivated a practice of elegant, if at times uncanny, elisions. His recombinations of objects, words, and images—poetry, meteorite fragments, literary translations, furniture, photographs, mollusk shells—emphasise, with a fine-tuned lyricism, the...
In the early decades of its existence, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...
Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...
'Yue du (trans-)' is a verb. This is a word that not exists in the dictionary . It was first seen in the 'Yue du' narration of E Niao. The first sight of the word gave me an instinctive quiver. At that time, words and spirit have resonance phenomenon. There is a lot of resonance after reading the article, and of course there are some different understandings. It doesn't matter. Words grow and change like the world does. So, I decided to share the new word with you, through my years of experience and understanding.
Painting is rather a repetitive practice to me. By doing the work repeatedly, it allows me to penetrate the surface of daily life, and to explore the language of psychological-visual transference( memory-form creating ). In order to find the hidden new world bit by bit, the action of painting becomes seeking and stripping away.
Is it possible to find a way to get along with the world and myself by painting? 'Insomnia Town' brings me to the mixed overlapping zone of consciousness, subconscious, time and space. The power of 'uneasy community' has acquired new construction through dreams; In Sky phenomena series, the realities and imaginations of various celestial phenomena from ancient times to now, have become my mandala. In the process of painting, hidden energy was obtained; Trans-land is an escape and deviation from an instant of reality. When I started to draft, it seems there was a fork on the road and I tried to walk across, but all I could rely on to get by were those blacks, whites, greys, and the dots, the lines, the surfaces, the colors and the strokes... it felt like I was lost for the time, but also felt like I was digging in all that.
This is not a linear progression of the three stages, but a compound and simultaneous work. I face my own problems in the way of painting, and keep returning to the problem of language along with the evolution of experience and thinking. All this may be 'Yue du(trans-)', a shift of space, a voyage from the light to the unknown dark chaos. It is an action from the real world to the imaginary world, from this world to the parallel world. Only intuition—the glimmer of something in the dark, as if there were some strange glimmer of the light guiding the way.
If it doesn't feel free anymore or you are not so sure about the existing framework we're in, well, you might as well deviate deliberately and move towards the unknown chaos. That's exactly what I'm doing through painting.
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