Through the assembly of these objects, like building “Lego” pieces, Ouyang Chun creates a world within the exhibition hall that revives the collective memory of a group of mortal men’s marginalized past, but also epitomes the lives of many who have been quietly exiled within modern Chinese cities. As the dust of ages scatters away, the unadorned strength of mortal lives remain luminous.
作品《凡夫俗子》系列的素材来自欧阳春少时居住的西安理工大学家属大院。2017年5月至2018年3月之间，欧阳春曾三次前往西安，在居民楼拆迁之前寻找素材，并拣选十二吨居民们搬家遗弃的旧物运回北京。六十年代末，那里的居民曾因政策原因随校由北京迁至西安，之后的数十年间便一直居住在此。来自五湖四海的他们与西安当地的生活格格不入，并置身文化心理的冲突及边缘地带，他们的生活就像“一座与世隔绝的孤岛”。实物装配：现成品（包括谷物、香料等）｜Assemblage ：Found objects (including grains and spices etc.)195(H) cm × 81(W) cm × 81 cm
184(H) cm × 240(W) cm × 125 cm
《愿今年更美好》｜Wishing for a better year
实物装配：现成品、石头｜Assemblage ：Found objects, stones
153(H) cm × 150(W) cm × 180cm
237(H) cm × 362(W) cm × 171 cm
松美术馆展厅The raw materials Ouyang Chun used for “The Mortals” come from the old employees’ residence buildings of Xi’an University of Technology, where he lived with his parents in the 1980s. From May 2017 to March 2018, he went to Xi’an three times to look for materials before the whole compound was demolished. He collected nearly 12 tons of living rubbish deserted by the old residents, and carried them back to Beijing. In the late 1960s, the previous version of the university and its faculty members moved to Xi’an from Beijing due to political policy; they continued to live in that city for several decades. As they come from different areas in China, living in Xi’an became a challenge for them. Situated in the relatively conflicting and marginal area of the cultural psychology, they were living on “an isolated island”. Fully loaded with time and memories, these traces of the past were brought back to Beijing by Ouyang Chun. By assembling these objects without any artificial processing, Ouyang Chun, who was already over “Bu Huo Zhi Nian” (forty years old), retraced the previous “scavenging road” in his twenties, and revisited the “isolated island” sealed in his childhood memory.
《捣毁雪人的小姐》｜The Lady Who Destroyed the Snowman
226(H) cm × 70(W) cm x 62 cm
大俗大雅 真诚虚伪 恬淡狂躁 简率幽深
Ouyang Chun was born in the 1970s and grew up in Xi’an. Having drifted away from the academic art education system, his experience of self-education determined his independent and versatile creative powers. Since becoming a professional artist in Beijing at 28, he has created works of painting, installation and sculpture, and draws inspirations from the contradiction and uneasiness brought on by the social upheavals of contemporary China.
The subjects of Ouyang Chun’s paintings returned from the allegorical worlds of the early years to his personal experiences, juxtaposing worlds of fiction and reality, while pursuing absolute painting experience with his brushstrokes. His complicated life experiences and affection for the reality have contributed to his unique insight into the material world, forming compounded narratives and a strong perceptiveness for the broken and left behind. In his works of painting, installation and sculpture, Ouyang Chun often uses his guileless and vigorous brushstrokes and the forgotten objects to construct magnificent and intriguing landscapes and poetry.
香格纳北京 ShanghART Beijing
Founded in 1996, ShanghART Gallery is one of the first contemporary art galleries established in China now maintaining spaces in Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore. For the past twenty years, ShanghART has kept devoting to the development of contemporary art in China and also kept close and long-term cooperation with more than 60 artists. Sustaining the highest-quality in presenting contemporary art exhibitions and projects, ShanghART regularly participates in the major international art fairs and collaborates with important art institutions in China and from all over the world.ShangART Videotheque, which was established in 2008 and has been developing till now, has included near 600 contemporary video art works. Located on Shanghai West Bund, ShanghART Library opens the collections of all the art books to the public for a long time which have been collected since the foundation of ShanghART Gallery, meanwhile, hundreds catalogs and related products both of contemporary art are also exhibited for sale at the gallery.
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