A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...
There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...
Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...
Mu Boyan was born in 1976 in Jinan, Shandong Province, China. He finished his bachelor's degree from the sculpture department of CAFA in 2002 and continued to pursue an MA there. He graduated and joined faculty at the sculpture department at CAFA in the year 2005.
Mu showed an acute understanding of mould and space at an early age. Mu's works are mainly sculptures and installations, and he has been dedicated in creating his magnum opus Fat Men for many years. In this series of works, he uses resin as colouring, rich and overflowing flesh, rumpled up on their bodies, creating images of naked men with paunchy bellies in various sizes. Some of them are disturbingly enormous, while some others are extremely miniature. Their motions light and fluid, which seem to bear no weight at all. Under Mu's hands, these fat men are moulded into unique shapes cater to different exhibition spaces, conveying a childlike, slack character with a calm and collected spirit. Although Mu considers models as the best teachers, his 'fat men' didn't model from any.
He hopes to transform flesh into a language, telling the tales of life. Mu's creations also pay attention to life in intricate details. The lifeless materials he used gradually acquired a sense of breathing after repetitive, tedious adjustments, preserving the fleeting details in several scenes, enabling the audience to rediscover the true meanings of life and reflect upon themselves through fragmented traces.
Selected solo exhibitions: Practic—Mu Boyan Works (AYE Gallery, Beijing, 2015); Surreal Realities—Mu Boyan (Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany, 2015); Process—Mu Boyan Works 2012 (AYE Gallery, Beijing, 2013); Year Month Day—Mu Boyan's New Solo Exhibition (AYE Gallery, Beijing, 2009); Fatty at AYE Gallery—Solo Exhibition (AYE Gallery, Beijing, 2007) etc.
Selected group exhibitions: Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi Australia, 2018; Sculptor Dimension—Sino-US Art Exchange Exhibition (Ceramic Art Avenue Museum, Jingdezhen, China, 2017); Flow—Arte contemporanea Italiana e Cinese in dialogo (Pizz dei signori, Vicenza, Italy, 2015); Liberating: the past from the present: contemporary art in China (Diaghilev Museum of Modern Art, San Petersburg, Russia, 2015); BUSAN BIENNALE 2014 (Busan, Korea, 2014); Von Kassel her—Zhangzhou International Public Art (Zhangzhou, Fujian, China,2013); Chinese Public Art—Kulturjahr Chinas in Deutschland 2012 (Kassel, Germany, 2012); East/West: Visually Speaking (Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, USA, 2010); 'Micro Paradise' (My Humble House Art Gallery, Taipei, 2009) ; Bath Center-Solo Exhibition (the Bathhouse in Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China, 2003) etc.
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