装置 混合媒介installation, mix media, dimension vary Rolf A. Kluenter2006-2008
Our Life——2008 Contemporary Art Exhibition
Curator: Wu Wenxing
Director: Yang Bangben
Art Director: Jiang Zhenggen
Assistant: Zhu Xiuqin
Duration: 8th Nov. 2008 —— 8th Dec. 2008
Opening: Saturday, 8th Nov, 6.30pm
地点：文定生活创意中心 上海文定路204号，Wen Ding Plaza。
Venue: No.204 Wen Ding Road, Wen Ding Plaza.
参展艺术家Artists (按字母顺序)：仇德树，陈心懋，丁乙，邓国源，管策，何塞邦，洪磊，Julia Lohmann，金江波，蒋正根，Paul Devautour，浦捷，Rolf A. Kluenter，苏新平，宋光智， Susanne Junker，谭根雄，唐添，王庆松，吴文星，颜磊
contryN0.66摄影Photograph 吴文星 2008
其三，城市又是一个具有世界性概念的符号。当代艺术之所以能跨地区、跨疆域和跨文化的交流，就得益于当代城市文化的存在。此次展览邀请的二十位中外艺术家来自不同的城市。这些有着不同文化背景的艺术家都是活跃在当代艺术前沿，在学术上有着相当建树的优秀艺术家，其中不乏参加过威尼斯双年展，且享誉当今国际画坛的艺术家。虽然这些艺术家的艺术观念有着各自的差异，个人的艺术语言也不尽相同，但他们却相聚在一起。这其中有来自上海的仇德树，陈心懋，丁乙，何赛邦，蒋正根，浦捷，谭根雄，吴文星和唐添；来自北京和天津的王庆松、颜磊、金江波和邓国源；来自广州、南京和常州的宋光智、管策和洪磊；以及来自德国和法国的尤莉亚.洛曼Julia Lohmann，柯罗夫，Rolf A. Kluenter，云筱苏Susanne Junker和保罗.德沃图Paul Devauou等艺术家。这些艺术家有常年蛰居在这个城市的，有曾经生活在某个城市如今却客居京城的，还有来自异国他乡却对这个城市充满向往而行走在两地的。他们平静地生活在各自的城市，恪守着自己的创作原则；用他们纯熟的语言进行着当代艺术的实践和创造，用他们的作品诉说着生命与生存的关系。这些艺术家立足于对现代城市的探索和表达，并以他们的实践给今日艺术的发展提供了一种多样性的可能。他们的文化态度和追求也体现了在艺术全球化潮流下，城市艺术的多极形态和艺术家的艺术状态。笔者以为，当代艺术作为人类创造力的一种特殊形态，是其自身所包涵的城市文化特性让不同种族和信仰的艺术家走到了一起，这也从某个侧面反映了当代城市文化所具有的包容性和宽泛性的特征。
Studio Yoon-Ja & Paul Devautour 装置Device Paul Devautour 2001
The original structure of Wending Living Style Plaza is an old factory. In the process of rebuilding, the original frame has been left. Same as the “798”of Beijing and “No 50 of Moganshan”，they all have the culture memory in that times. The“No 50 of Moganshan” is the biggest art originality garden at present, and it also becomes a culture concept and symbol of shanghai. While the designer of Wending intentionally to build a new living style plaza in Shanghai.
Culture is an important factor as well as an industry during the development of contemporary city. In the process of industrialization, culture has an important resource besides creation, which is human landscape and symbol formed by history. As what economist predicted, culture and economic coexistence and development is a typification trend of future economic increase. Because of this function of culture in the process of civilization, our culture strategy in a period is to display city’s culture character. So a contemporary art named “our life” is going to open in the atmosphere of harmonization.
On the premise of respecting artist’s consciousness and concept, based on the city, life and art, emphasizing time and present character of work of art, and personality and creativity of art, the intention of this exhibit is to embody the character of city culture. In order to correspond to the lemma and characteristic of this exhibit, the main works on the exhibit are picture, video, installation and contemporary painting with the furthest city art character. Meanwhile, this exhibit is an across-culture art exchange.
Speaking of the contemporary art, which generally refers to avant-garde and critical academically, happening at present and containing modern spirit and language character. Contemporary art is essentially a sort of embodiment of city life. Its existence and development must rely on city, so city are the base of contemporary art. Looking back the process of modern art development in the past 100 years, we will easily find that the connection of cities and art development cannot be separated. The vision characteristic and sense consciousness emphasized by city life provide the possibility for development of modern life. The solidism painting of contemporary art history actually connected with city organization naturally. The generation of futurism art is closely linked the rate of city’s transformation, while the start of Bopu art is obviously related to the city’s business factors and our living copy times. City not only provide some configuration structure and format language for the contemporary art, the important is that it endow the artist with space, value and future view. It can be say that the value of contemporary art is because it happened today, while the exploring and expression of the city life formed an important character of contemporary art.
Second, as a concept of culture geographic, the community property of city is also a concept of organism. Just as the evolution of organism, city evolves into an independent city culture with its reproduction, development and accumulation during historical changes. Regional expansion of a city and rapidly life style changing is not a global city phenomenon.
As the theme of Shanghai 7th Biennial– fast city fast people, the word “fast” reflects city’s overall shape in rapid evolution during the process of modernization and its variability and uncertainty. However, the tasks and responsibilities contemporary arts facing right now are the exploration of city patterns and the tendency of uncertainty. Meanwhile, unsuspected development of contemporary arts is also a nature reaction in its culture pattern during the complicated city growth, which is reflected and displayed in modern artists’ works. With the continuing communication and exchange, arts would reach emotional resonance and mutual recognition so as to get self-development, thus city culture could grow and innovate. In fact, during the process of urbanization, the rise and fall of arts and the state of artists closely interrelated to city development. In 1950s and 1960s, the prosperous of New York School (also known as abstract expressionism) profits from the immigration of a large number of European elites and American urban cultural prosperity. It only cost more than a decade for Chinese contemporary arts to develop from edge and alien to mainstream arts, as numerous urban capital is involved. Therefore, no matter the early years in Paris or later years in New York, as well as today’s 789 and Moganshan, they all share the same concept. City is not only a human landscape or the center of culture and information but also reflects the existence of life and the state of living.
Third, city is also a symbol which carries the worldwide concept. Contemporary arts are able to communicate by crossing regions, territories and culture as the existence of contemporary cities. Twenty arties are invited to this exhibition are from different cities. They are all outstanding artists from varies culture backgrounds still actively play on contemporary arts stage and make considerable contribution on academic field. Some of the artists attended Venice Biennale and world-renowned in contemporary arts. These artists gather together in spite of varied art concept and language. Among them, Qiu deshu, Chen xinmeng, Ding yi, He saibang, Jiang zhenggen, Pu jian, Tang genxiong, Wu wenxing and Tang tian are from Shanghai; Song Xinping, Wang qinsong, Yan lei, Jing jingbo and Deng guoyuan are from Beijing and Tianjing; Song guangzhi, Guan ce and Hong lei are from Guangzhou, Nanjing and Changzhou as well as Julia Lohmannas, Rolf A. Kluenter, Susanne Junke and Paul Devauou are from Germany and France. Some of these artists lived in the city for years, and some who used to live in cities now live in Beijing once in a while, others who from abroad travel back and forth between Shanghai and Beijing as they are attracted to this city. They are living their life peacefully and following their art principle strictly. With sophisticated language and works, they are carrying on their practice and creative in contemporary arts and tell the relationship between life and severance. These artists base themselves on the exploration and expression of modern cities and provide varied possibility of contemporary arts development by their practice. Their culture attitude and pursuit reflect the multiple patterns of city arts and artists’ status under the trend of art globalization. In writer’s opinion, as contemporary art is a special pattern of human creativity, which include culture characteristic of cities gather artists from different race and belief together. At certain point, it also reflects the containment and broadness of modern city culture.
The city in 21st century is called culture city. City culture is not only the characteristic expression of city but also abstract presentation in context of group consciousness of city. The centre of city culture is in its process which rouses the culture desire inside of people and leads the culture trend of information and capital, talents and resource, fashion and consumption. However, culture in real life permeates in all levels of life; also, it needs the presentation of these levels to deduce a certain spiritual carrier. Culture ecology formed by arts procures the birth of culture symbol. We understand the culture context concealed behind history and characteristic of city and observe ourselves through culture ecology. Therefore, contemporary arts shouldn’t be simple and obscure philosophy expression, which should be the primacy in the expression of general human nature. Because arts separate from humanistic minds and feelings are arts without soul. Also, such city is city without soul.
City is wonderful. Nowadays, city seems has become a way of living and hopes, and also destination of life.
East of Huangpu River on Oct,2008