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The Task of Alchemy

The Task of Alchemy

Artist:Duan Yifan

2022.10.22 – 2023.01.07

Le Soleil

Charles Baudelaire

Je vais m’exercer seul à ma fantasque escrime,

Flairant dans tous les coins les hasards de la rime,

Trébuchant sur les mots comme sur les pavés

Heurtant parfois des vers depuis longtemps rêvés.

In Charles Baudelaire’s prose, the defence against the differences in reality is portrayed in a fighting manner. Those images, opposing concepts, and the gap between words and objects are refined into the creation by artist Pocono Zhao Yu. Intellect tends to turning events into a once-experienced moment, and without thinking about it, in that manner, nothing is left. Discomfort and integration with regional, cultural, political, and racial differences, forced or active, have long been a daily experience. In the scattered cultures of various places, of time moving forward, and the intricate cultural symbols, there are pushes and collisions at any time. People are the hidden images in Pocono Zhao Yu’s works: they signify history, testify to existing experiences, yet formless pasts. This hidden image, which reveals some deeply hidden symbolism, in the gaze, the retelling of the tales, the looped songs, and the assemblage of illustrations are the spoils of war plundered from the ghostly image of the “Helios”.

 

Alchemy is defined as a precursor to medieval chemistry, people concerned with the transmutation of matter and attempts to convert base metals into gold or to find elixir, while in contemporary society, alchemy is also used to describe people’s conscious participation in transformative life processes. Through her works, Pocono Zhao Yu questions the truth of history and explored the unreliability of history. Since the end of the last century, philosophy has made a series of attempts to grasp a “real” experience that is in opposition to what people’s normalised, which denaturalised the lives suggest. Rather than being the product of facts firmly rooted in memory, what it accumulates in memory is often a collection of subconscious material.

Proust has proposed “involuntary memory”, the past is somewhere beyond the reach of the intellect, and is exactly in some objects (or in the senses caused by objects) manifested. The artist often reconstructs and reorganises scenes through the copies, mirrors, old photos, and texts, which altogether become the new narrators. At the same time, she also inevitably needs to return to the historical context to find answers, so as to face the unknown future. What The Task of Alchemy emphasises here is the archaeological seal and the wordless anatomy, which allude to the meaning of seeking, fleeing and defecting – the fire of the cave flickered, and she began to measurements and  walking.

Cited:

I walk alone, absorbed in my fantastic play,

Fencing with rhymes, which, parrying nimbly, back away;

Tripping on words, as on rough paving in the street,

Or bumping into verses I long had dreamed to meet.

— Edna St. Vincent Millay, Flowers of Evil (NY: Harper and Brothers, 1936)

Exhibitions

过往展览

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
2022.08.06-10.09

Dangerous Complicity

Artist:Guo Yujian
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

Eclipse

艺术家:林舒

Art Channel

艺术频道

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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 | 制造共犯

当画作真切地逼近我们双眼,首先出现的是这首瓦雷里1922年所写的《海滨墓园》。机构策展人胡奕航、张汀芷与艺术家郭宇剑一起,将这次拱形画廊名为《危险同谋》的展览,用文字或符号分成了几大篇章:臆想、一座高原、剧场。许是有意为之,又或是无心之举,开篇选取的这段文字,饱含着诗人瓦雷里对家乡赛特港的深沉眷念。

ARCH REVIEW | 在倦意来临时服药

恍惚是我们长时间被某种思维或事物压制后常常落入的状态。在这个状态中,时间如流体般被我们任意搬运、搅动,又或是尽兴逐流。而林舒的作品常常通过对空间的加工让我们对影像中的实体逐渐疏远,以至于被送入一个被剥去嘈杂的心理状态,意识取代了被记忆包裹的身体,从而任意涌动。

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。

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