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Dangerous Complicity

Dangerous Complicity

Artist:Guo Yujian

2022.08.06 – 10.09

Ce toit tranquille, où marchent des colombes,

Entre les pins palpite, entre les tombes;

Midi le juste y compose de feux

La mer, la mer, toujours recommence

 

 Le Cimetière marin Paul Valéry

Time is passing, and the feeling of the present echoes. Guo Yujian’s paintings are retrospective scenes, and when we look at them, the stories are always so similar, telling themselves over and over again. That’s our nostalgic life. The inescapable, thin comfort becomes a revelation. When we thought we’d found a safe house and quarantined all our anxiety, panic was like air we had to inhale. The danger of contemporaneity, which is deeply embedded in a certain part of our consciousness. A real danger that makes us feel safe—to make everyone fall into a vision of the future. Jouissance in ambiguity, acting as Dionysus. Entertainment without fear of results is obtained in the balance of the seesaw. Neither side will fall absolutely. And the jouissance is in that limited process of going up and down. There is no possibility of an infinite fall. It is only in this balance of far-off balance that the meaning of ambiguity emerges. Hijacking others—seesaw entertainment belongs to the artist and the painting objects—both sides wait for feedback from the other to make their next move. Guo Yujian’s painting is a long pull. Beauty nurtured by inner turmoil. Pigments flow lightly on quietly sloping canvases. The close contact between the fingers and the paint, they carefully probe the perceived nature of the other party.

What Guo Yujian wanted to tell was painted on the canvas naturally. We can also feel it intuitively, preferably with our private memories. We can carefully observe the original work from a distance of tens of centimetres, and the cobalt blue at the top shrouds the clear subject below. The technique he uses requires a moderate amount of patience, using extremely narrow brushes to decorate the junction of the paint, so that the entire picture blends. The brush marks are much clearer after a virtuoso blend of light-toned tinting oils and cold-pressed walnut oils mixed with organics squeezed out of a lead tube. As the paint leaves the bristles, the image that emerges soaks the cloth. There is no obvious edge. It’s still that kind of ambiguous seesaw. The appearance of the subject is certain, it is only a difference of timing. In order to shape the freedom of the identity of the subject, the limbs drive the correction, change, disturbance and creation of sensibility. The initial desire for the painting is hidden into the flow of memory.

And the figures are fictitious. They are memories within memories. The definite faces around them, no matter how vague, could not match. “I’ve never had a plaid tablecloth, but, indirectly, it makes me feel nostalgic. Maybe it’s not a tablecloth, but the rhythm of Italian poetry that cannot be translated exactly into English or Russian; they convince me that the nostalgia is real, even if there is really nothing there.” In any case, these figures are always portrayed. It condenses a kind of memory of hand and memory of canvas. This is a skill that belongs only to an painting artist. The body changes in creation are the medium of communication—the exchange of memories. “The purpose is not to repeat, but to reproduce.” We declare: danger and beauty should be paralleled and they plan together to become entertainment with geschmack.

Exhibitions

过往展览

2022.10.22-2023.01.07

The Task of Alchemy

Artist:Zhao Yu
2022.10.22-2023.01.07

Amber

Artist:Duan Yifan
2022.10.22-2023.01.07

A N G E L U S

Artist:Hannah Benassi
2022.08.06-10.09

Eclipse

Artist:Lin Shu
2022.10.22-2023.01.07

炼金的任务

艺术家:赵玉
2022.10.22-2023.01.07

琥珀

艺术家:段一凡
2022.10.22-2023.01.07

A N G E L U S

艺术家:汉娜·贝纳西
2022.08.06-10.09

危险同谋

艺术家:郭宇剑

Art Channel

艺术频道

ARCH INTERVIEW | Guo Yujian

Since then, I have tried to let daydream-like imagination seep into the picture, and those earlier, more symbolic images have also been naturally diluted. Perhaps, it is precisely because of the temperament that seems to be infiltrated by the picture and some image contents that are contrary to reality that cause the association like a dream.

ARCH REVIEW | Gaze in the Dim Glow

“The Task of Alchemy”, Pocono Zhao Yu’s solo exhibition at Arch Gallery, presents a subtle sense of time traveling. As the title of the exhibition alludes to, it is as if the smelting and mysterious deeds of some spiritual objects. Within the whisper that fluttering outside of time, this enormous task is under the invisible dome of time.

ARCH REVIEW | Making Complicity

When the painting is really close to us, the first thing that appears to our eyes is this Le cimetière marin[1] written by Valéry in 1922. The curators Hu Yihang and Zhang Tingzhi, together with artist Guo Yujian, divided the exhibition “Dangerous Complicity” in the gallery into three chapters with words and symbols: imagination, a plateau, and a theatre.

豆豆也是拳拳

1985年在北京中国美术馆举办的《劳申伯格艺术展》让中国人近距离地看到了“后现代艺术”的形态,这些展品让中国观众目瞪口呆:山羊的标本,汽车的轮胎,废弃的地毯组成了前所未见的图腾。在展览期间,保洁员差一点把作品误作是垃圾清理。

ARCH 采访 | 周轶伦

周轶伦的作品本质上只指向物本身,观众如何去理解其作品取决于一个时代所赋予大众的经验与记忆。“我喜欢试验失败,每次失败的剩余痕迹都是完美的新作品局部。”

ARCH 采访 | 郭宇剑

从那时起我尝试让白日梦式的想象力渗到画面中去,那些较早之前象征意味较浓的图示也被自然地冲淡了。或许正是因为这种像是被什么浸润过的画面所流淌出的气质和一些与现实相违和的图像内容才造成了类似梦境似的联想。

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