简介: 全球青年文化之声 | www.vice.cn | 微博@VICE中国 |艺术家赵要完成了一件面积将近10000平方米的装置作品,从北京工厂运往青海玉树的摩耶寺。11月23日,当地100多名村民和喇嘛出动,经历一整天,共同把这个庞然大物抬到海拔5000米的雪山山顶,铺展开来。实施当天,我们和艺术家与作品一起坐在在大卡车里穿过长长的峡谷,来到雪山脚下,纪录下了这个作品的向山顶的搬运过程。

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整个人类历史,有一场巨大的抽象

赵要在金盏乡的工作室是典型的厂房,有一千平米左右。他有两个关于艺术的观念非常吸引人:第一,对现成品的运用不再是杜尚式的对现成物质的语境置换,例如大家熟悉的把小便池置换到美术馆,而是对现成思维的置换语境,也就是对教育习惯,审美习惯等精神习惯的重新审视和调离原岗位;第二,抽象艺术对他来说,不仅仅是形式的抽象,例如康定斯基的色块和波洛克的泼洒,而可以是对人类集体无意识的再现式抽象。

对现成思维的语境置换体现在很多作品中,比如赵要的系列绘画作品:《很有想法的绘画》。他的原理就是将非常常见的丙烯颜料在画面上堆积出厚厚的质感,然后将其慢慢打磨,出现一种塑料的感觉,整个画面完全不再是通常审美习惯中的丙烯绘画的平面感,而会给人一种塑料玩具的感受。再比如他在行为作品《伟大的表演》中设计的道具,就是在两块毛茸茸的假动物皮上,打印出两张新闻图片。这两张含有警察、围观群众、治安纠纷的新闻图片被抽象成一种万花筒般的图案,从远处完全感受不到现实和新闻的压力,而是一种被抽象和陌生化的美感。再由演员披挂上这两张动物皮进行萨满巫师一样的游走,给现实、潜意识、审美和宗教,都提出了一个充满魅力却无法解答的问题。把抽象转移到历史政治层面,则是赵要提出的一个革命性的概念。这个概念罕见地得到了西方抽象艺术史的承认。尽管中国传统的抽象完全自有其源深博大,西方的现当代抽象艺术却有一种血统性的傲慢,作为当代艺术的游戏规则制定者而一直很难接受其他文化的抽象艺术。
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Great Performance/伟大的表演

The 2ndCAFAM Biennale/第二届CAFAM双年展
2014/2/28—4/20
Performance, installation
2014

This work is derived from the two media images above. The images are photographed again with the built-in kaleidoscope special effects filter of the Apple iPad camera software, and the new distorted image is printed onto synthetic leather. Elements of revelry, riot, rally, and game convene and constitute this piece. A myriad of relationships involving form and content, image and narrative, as well as image and meaning are present within this performance. By liberating an image from a discourse and reinserting it back into discourse, the multiplicity of visual culture within contemporary society is discussed. “Great Performance” is another focused attempt on the relationship between form and content where content interferes with form and form is used to reflect upon content. Great performances are therefore not a specified narrative response, but rather a humanistic practice with form and content.

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“Archipelago”,group exhibition /群岛

15 September – 6 October 2013


V-Art Center and Art-Ba-Ba Mobile Space is proud to announce “Archipelago”, an group exhibition academic guidanced by Liu Xinghua consisting of six individual artists; He An, Zhao Yao, Ding Li, Zhang Jiebai,Lu Pingyuan and Liao Guohe presenting their newest works at V-Art Center. Archipelago is by definition a cluster or collection of islands. Based partially in Beijing and Shanghai they have come together as a set of islands forming an archipelago for the audience to explore. “Archipelago” is a condition a state of mind, together they share the same values acting as a dispersed force. As with today’s society, where we emphasize individality, separating, sometimes even isolating, ourselves from the idea as an collective. What “Archipelago” is about is that although in the midst of today’s society where an individual may seem as an isolated islands, we’re actually a part of something larger. If we’re willing to step outside our own islands, there’s more to discover in our near surroundings. In a lot of senses we need to take our environment into account. Therefore “Archipelago” is not a theme, there’s no hidden agenda but rather a condition of these five artist’s at the same time refecting today’s society.

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“China China”, a group show of Chinese artists

18 May 2013 – 6 October 2013

PinchukArtCentre presents “China China”, a major group exhibition including eleven Chinese artists of different generations, focusing on the tension between individuality and collective thinking – a subject, which not only defined Chinese history and continuously shapes contemporary society but equally gains importance in the West.

The exhibition includes the works of Ai Weiwei, Cao Fei, Chen Zhen, Sun Xun, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Xu Zhen, Yan Xing, Yang Fudong, Zhang Huan, Zhao Yao, Zhao Zhao.

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ZHAO YAO: YOU CAN’T SEE ME, YOU CAN’T SEE ME/中文

Post in: Reviews | October 18 , 2012 | Tag in: LEAP 16 | Reviews Date: 2012.06.12-2012.08.12 | Reviews Venues: Beijing Commune

Zhao Yao’s latest solo exhibition, “You Can’t See Me, You Can’t See Me,” is an almost total replication of last year’s “I Am Your Night.” It would be easy to take this exhibition as one-time-only event, a disposable strategy; such an opinion would not be baseless. “You Can’t See Me” is a direct attack on the exhibition system and contemporary art production. It is not particularly fresh, nor is it difficult to comprehend. Its effectiveness is closely related to the present environment. The exhibition can be seen as an active response to the sluggish, pressurized status quo, pronouncing a warning without breaking the rules. Zhao puts a variety of questions on the table, from the issue of newness in contemporary art to the significance of duplication, serving as starting points for deeper discussions. Upon closer inspection, Zhao’s courage lies not in his grievances with the exhibition mechanism, or in the risk of raising doubts and conspiracy theories—well-trained audiences are unlikely to be moved, and anyway, perceptible, surface-level “newness” is not a necessary condition of contemporary art discussions—but in the bold, inward-looking move of putting himself on a point of no return: where can one go from there? This easy escape serves as the starting point for a more challenging artistic journey.

View of “You Can’t See Me, You Can’t See Me,” 2012 Beijing Commune

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ZHAO YAO: I AM YOUR NIGHT/中文

October 12 , 2011 | Tag in: LEAP 10 | Reviews Date: 2011.06.12-2011.07.31 | Reviews Venues: Beijing Commune

The phrase “I am your night” could essentially be interpreted as a blunt statement aimed at the audience, and especially at the artists, or socalled experts, who showed up to Zhao Yao’s latest solo show. And if this audience adopt this rather poetic phrase for their own rhetorical needs—by turning it into one of those stock phrases used when responding to an exhibition—then they’ve unfortunately missed the joke. For in comparison to the work featured in the exhibition, the title seems to be reserved for those in the know.

I first encountered Zhao Yao’s work at his solo exhibition in the 51m2 series at Taikang Space in 2010. This time, at Beijing Commune, Zhao’s intention seems to be to push his practice even further towards its fundamental purpose. At last year’s solo show, he used a pencil to meticulously color in the banknotes of various nations, leaving only the smiling face of their leaders. Although not a particularly refreshing idea, this piece did succeed in raising a smile in those who shared with the artist an appreciation for simple logic and subtle transmutation. However, it could very well be this empathic event that engendered greater suspicion among the audience present this time around.
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I Love Beijing 999/我爱北京 999

November 2008 – December 2009Single channel video
40’00”

“This is a long-term project full of fun. Starting from the winter of 2008, I went out almost everyday when the sun was out. What I did is to ride in a bus for its whole trip and take snapshots of the sun, placing it right in the center of the frame. After taking hundreds of sun pictures, I displayed them in the speed of 9 frames per second. What you see is me passively chasing the sun. The sun that’s always in the center of the image echoed with the capital city—the sun in Chinese people’s mind. The whole project was completed in November 2009, by then I had gone through nine-hundred and ninety-nine bus lines in Beijing.”

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《短路》—赵要访谈

和赵要见面之前,从北京公社的个展《我是你的黑夜》和作品的形式语言本身,我进入了自我既有的语境:“在中国当代艺术的严肃主体气质中,赵要的作品有很少见到的幽默。他的艺术浓烈轻松,准确淋漓,带来清新的审美气息;作品自信而平实,富有张力,却没有紧张感。赵要足够冷静,否则难以拿捏形式与表达的平衡。无论是装置还是绘画,线条少了直白,多了圆浑,时间从容地铺陈于空间。艺术家的气质解构了这个时代典型的紧张与焦躁,一种稳定,舒服,活泼的距离感带来对当下时代的审美体验。”

这个判断有误吗? 无论如何,艺术家质朴,幽默甚至聪明,灵活的平和确实打动了我。

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Ten Thousand Times/一万次

Medium: Video | Singlechannel

Time: 6 minutes 56 seconds

2009

 

For 14 hours, the hand-held camera, kept in a fixed position, tries to focus on the letter “+” composed of four rice grains,continuously shooting 10000 photos, which are played in order with a speed of 24 frames per second. In this video, we can find each small error and displacement among the photos that are seemingly the same. The errors derive from the subtle changes occured in the repetitive action.

在持续的14个小时里,手持相机对准四粒米排放成的一个小十字。尽量保持在同一个位置连续拍摄一万张照片。然后把这些照片一每秒24帧的速度按顺序播放。通过视频把看似一模一样的照片的每个误差依次展示出来。这个误差来自人和人体力的逐渐变化。照相机对焦的“十字”和由生活必须品米组成的“十字”在相互重合与对准的过程里透支着我的体力,最终也就造就了这个作品所需要的这种误差。