The Uncertain, or the Shelved...
The uncertain, or the shelved... is showcased in ShanghART Gallery both Main and H Space from 16th July. The diversified perspectives have been finalised after sourcing through numerous artists’ studios. Works are exhibited in various media ranging from paintings, installations, sculptures and manuscripts etc. . The exhibition is on view through 31st August.
The uncertain, or the shelved... “The uncertain” is the hesitation, exploration or experimentation of the concept, thoughts, creativity etc. in the extent of thinking logic; “the shelved” is the statement of behaviour positioned in pause, reserve, lingering etc.. Both scenarios are connected as well as mutually influenced each other. This exhibition aims at revealing that those works or ideas are initiated due to momentary inspirations but temporarily/permanently halted because of self-struggling with distracted clues or directions. The mysterious circumstances that how works are conceived and why they’re suspended have become flowing riddles between artists and audiences. Not only does the exhibition challenge the viewers’ cognition by presenting the seemingly divergent creation clues which enrich the possibilities of artists creative contexts, but also reflects the extended associations which are hidden beneath the differentiated creation practices.
“The unfinished is an interesting beginning or a recurrent idea after repetitious recording then forgetting it.”
“I’ve always liked woodcarving, but never followed through... One day sculpting out the rough shape but was difficult in further detailing it, I helplessly left it there...around 2012, had several attempts in carving it again but still ended in a meltdown...now, just look back again, it appears more perfectly after shifting through time, and has become my cherished object.”
“Problems like many traditional craftsmen in churches or temples might confront, how to create an intangible spirit by deploying tangible materials. I wanted to exercise some tactile painting sometimes, I’m sensitive about the surface texture of paintings, therefore, I have processed several experiments violently on some most simple materials. ”
Above narratives excerpted from Artists’ oral statement
Art works included in this exhibition are drifting away from artists’ usual practices, which are parallel presented in both spaces anonymously in order to allow public to immerse in the non-empirical scenario. More than thirty artists are involved in this exhibition which will be comprehensively delivered with artists’ narrative texts, video, animation etc. novelty and interactive presentations.
“不 确定的，或者被搁置的……”不确定的是概念，思路，创意等思想方面的踟蹰，探索以及实验；被搁置的是暂停，储存，徘徊等行为的状态；二者彼此关联又相互影 响。在艺术家的创作过程中，那些曾经因灵感突至而开始，又因为线索，方向，自我迟疑种种挣扎而暂时搁置的作品或思路是这次展览的主旨所在。此次展出的作品 在何种情境下萌发，又因何种瓶颈而暂停成为艺术家与每一位观者的一场互动的谜题。该展览不仅挑战性地展现艺术家看似大相径庭的创作线索，丰富艺术家创作脉 络的多种可能性，更在趣味之余反思差异性创作下隐藏的引申关联。