Last Solo Exhibition: Merghing with Technium – Time
Aug 3 – Aug 8
Place: Shangyuan Museum of contemporary art, Exhibition hall, Beijing, China
Photography done by: Estelle Magnin, Chen Wei, Guido Nosari
Portal to a world behind the art works
Merghing with Technium – Time
Movement conquers time, on our quest to merge with Technium we are at the final frontier – Time
This conglomerate of thoughts expressed in here are paintings, sculptures and installations and they are all about the opposites, joining the two ends of the spectrum together, embracing the dissonance and living the experiences of the polyphonic, multidimensional beings that think beyond now and here. Presented in here is the movement of life, the idealism that precedes each moment of creation, ready to jump into tomorrow but still held back by today and especially by yesterday. I believe that every artist is a futurist because the time we live in echoes in the background of each creation, eventually the artist plays with time in both directions and the time eventually is the final judge, it tests us all the time during and after our lifetimes.
Today is also about a dream that describes my thinking processes during the creation of this collection:
I am wondering what is happening as I discover all the different options, alternatives for deeper meaning while living on this planet. Suddenly the planet is so small, I am looking at it as if it was a dot, then I realize, indeed it is a dot, it is smaller than dust, because the stars are the dust. They are so dense and yet far apart, standing in their dignity of distance. The space makes us respect things much more, maybe that is why it exists, the condition on living on this dot is always about space, time and gravity. We are bound to earth, but Earth isn’t bound to us, however, we will not be bound by it for much longer thanks to the organized thinking. We are on the way of self sufficiency, technologically but psychologically we are still hanging in between the melancholic cry for the times past and the dreadful fear coming from the future or is it an excuse because we became lazy and fear change? We are all born the optimists but somehow on the way we become pessimists, I wonder how many wonderful ideas were killed by the pessimists. It is almost like the fuel of love gets exhausted and bitterness takes it’s place, is this something we should learn in school, if schools are to survive the technological revolution that we are all witnessing, as learning becomes ubiquitous thanks to internet and infinite possibilities a connection between two humans can bring.
Ultimately we all love each other when we are born, as we make first steps into the world but then we sadly build the expectations of reciprocity and that usually ruins lives. Maybe the care of parents and those nearby are to blame for such a high expectations from the world. The measurements of care is a terrible thing but it is necessary because many are exploiting,…. not very genuine in their ways and that is why art comes in to the rescue, it is the only one that doesn’t measure, but gives the world of an artist, to the world, it is like a dust turned into a star turned into a meaningful thought.
Paintings are mostly inspired by the movement, the fact that we as a planet move at such a speed, and yet appear static. At the same time the molecular world where the particles are behaving in such a fantastic way, that it is hard to even imagine, are creating all sorts of acrobatics. Paintings are exploring the juxtaposition between movement and stasis.
Sculptures are representing the movement deep down in the subconscious layers of the mind that wants to rise, higher and further than the materials and the physical reality around allows. They represent the Time itself as it observes the effect it has on space, stretching it, twisting it, playing with it and still respecting everything.
The mosaic comprised of 44 + 1 pieces divided in 2 times 22 represents an alphabet of concepts, philosophies and ideas. They are directly inspired by Chinese characters, the fact that the mind in here has to work differently, much more visually represented compared to the languages used in the western world that are relying on sounds and concepts.
About the museum
Shangyuan Art Museum is a modern art museum in Beijing, China. A private museum, it was established in 2007. It hosts an International Residency
Look at me (as I look at you)
“The house where I live was built shortly after an earthquake and because of that it was made to survive the next one. Years later people start to forget and so the houses built then might not make it.” She mentions this as a casual detail, an explanation for why time and paint have been spent looking at how the sea might claim some things back. I don’t think she noticed it made for rather solid metaphor for the work that surrounds us. In this story there is a struggle between human nature and nature itself, where the time dictates the dynamic between the two. For time dictates that a big event happened back when, that the passage of time molded human behavior, and that in time nature will strike again. And then there is a house, meant to survive it all and consequentially meant to see it all. This house stands an observer to a sequence of events that made its existence possible. However the permanence of this structure dictates that it will see but not be defeated what is to come. An allowance for optimism afforded only by having a firm stance.
There is a fight in every object on display, a game of tensions between opposing forces brought together by one observer and one stage. Whether it’s an inner fight brought to light by moulding clay between her fingers, or a fight between gods and men, in a large coloured surface. She takes on titan sized topics and has them fight, or talk, or every so often casually stand side by side. And then she captures these encounters, a single moment in time to stop and look upon juxtaposing opposing forces, whom in turn, look back at you.
She describes her style as “action painting” and though that might very well be true in the trace of a brush running through a surface, the term seems to fall short of the framework of concepts here at play or even of the method used in making this objects. For that reason, here I propose the term “reaction painting” as an attempt through paint at keeping up with a whirlwind of ideas constantly at odds with each other, from Kant to ancient gods, from aliens to nano robots taking over the world, as she looks through an eyeball enhanced by a coloured contact lens.
Susana Wessling, Multidisciplinary Artist
Exploring the work of artist Hilma af Klint, with all the mystical, occult, metaphysical that she has been tapping into, indirectly going deep into the art that would have later be defined as abstract art. She innovated without even being aware of it and was was the world, unaware.
Exploring the world of Petar Lubarda, seeing through all the way to building block that the stone is
This is a story, a personal impression rather, of a great artist Petar Lubarda with his roots in Montenegro, with trunk in former Yugoslavia’s Belgrade and Paris and branches, leaves, fruits and flowers in the World. He reaches deep into the history and yet gives us something completely new, a way to look through the prism of the stone that becomes a bone that becomes a structure that becomes an architecture. An architecture of the cosmic journey that we all take on this planet becoming one with the stone that made us and at the same time we become appalled from time to time when we notice the glimpses of the core. We live in the world so dominated by the ruthless ruler called beauty that often times we live in the superficial layer that the underlying truth frightens us. We have learnt to ignore the depth to such a degree that we follow the footpath of positive psychology, from one landmark to another, to avoid abyss at any price, the abyss of the unknown that the subconscious mind knows.
Louise Bourgeois is crossing the boundaries of any of the definitions and exploring and emphasizing on the prevailing forces of the subconsciousness of the 20th century
Louise Bourgeois graced this planet with her presence spanning almost a century, during which she created a wide range of artistic pieces in different languages of materials and expression. She is one of the artists of 20th century who always came back to the psychology, self observation, getting back to the core, finding essence in the childhood memories and events.