We have seen a great deal of works with pleasing topics, resulting in the importance of narration is superior to the work of artistic expression. We also have seen many works with unclear concepts; some are even abuse the thoughts or expressing inappropriately. When art becomes a combination of money, people and materials, its effect and concept could be achieved by a much more simplified and economical way. Meanwhile, art has lost its charming interest but turned into a fantasy scene. Nowadays, the whole world holds a tolerant attitude for unique visual art, but art can only be viewed on the basis of it can presents a reasonable image, which is the starting point for all discussions.
Credit Suisse Today Art Award 2011 follows the last mechanism. The jurors evaluated each artist according to the following 5 categories: creativity, intellectual ability, use of materials, uniqueness of artistic language and cultural continuation, and decide the finalists are finalists; Chen Chieh-jen, Li Mu, Liu Wei, Huang Ran, Zheng Guogu, Wang Jianwei. Their works show the unique distinctive art methods of each artist, which redefine the parameters of contemporary visual culture work vividly. Credit Suisse Today Art Award 2011 Finalists Exhibition will exhibit the most representative works of these six artists, which are featured by their personal styles and value, and interpret these works from a new perspective.
Chen Chieh-jen has been engaged in photography for 20 years; in 2002, he turned to video, installation and performance art, and emerged as an active artist on the world art stage. He obsesses in slow-motion video which highlights the heaviness in a simplified way; the audience could comprehend the information in his art work without any hints. Li Mu started with his art work Public Knowledge in 2008，and began to focus on daily life. He created Blue Books, Presents, Strangeness, Left Hand Diary and other works. Huang Ran's creations involve conceptual art and art criticism; however, he is not pursuing a kind of critical understanding. Under the strategy of artistic language conception, he tried to work with different media, and grasped the completions of his artwork. Liu Wei is famous for his large scale installation which using ironic and striking visual image. His art works include the following topics: environment degradation, the powerful and colorful history, and the contemporary urban life, which both has temptation and hatred characteristics. He stresses about the interaction between the artistic visual styles and the viewers by affecting the audience' physical and psychological feelings in order to let them re-examine the social environment that they stay in. Wang Jianwei's research is related to philosophy, sociology, cultural studies, anthropology and other fields. "Uncertainty" and "Questioning" have always been the major topics of his artworks. His challenging the "Institution" and "Rule," and questioning“Validity”have made him strongly immune to "Collectivity", "Fashion" and "Consistency", which also leads the discussion of Wang Jianwei's artwork to a philosophical level. Zheng Guogu and their "Jiangyang Group" enjoyed the total freedom provided by the transition from agriculture to commercial and industrial cities. They used the popular installation and performance art to solve some difficult problems, for example, the relationship between classical art and pop art, between strict tradition and cynical reality, elegance and vulgarity, globalization and regionalization and so on, providing confusing and exciting answers.