We are honored to announce the opening of Wang Lijun’s first solo exhibition at Beijing Commune, “Wang Lijun: Tension”, on June 11, 2021. In the context of post-pandemic, while the everydayness that we live by reemerges as a worth thinking issue, as well as our anxious longing for a so-called “balanced life”, it is within this series of new pieces brought by artist Wang Lijun that a broader sense of interpretation lies in. As Wang Lijun himself said, “if seeking for balance means to thrive for a seemingly natural state in pure artificiality, then, the sculpture itself could be seen as a precise representation of such means of artificial tension.”
In this exhibition, Wang Lijun’s artistic practice is reflected in his continuous focus on both the perception of everydayness and the investigation into the intertwining relationships between the artist’s self-ego, the materiality and the physical space that surrounds the former. To be more precise, the medium specificity inherent in the tangible material that Wang Lijun utilizes, as in how artificial wood is put in a dissonant yet compatible relationship with natural wood, carries out an unperceivable yet essential feature that helps in redefining the philosophical dilemmas that Wang Lijun finds in everyday life. To conclude, it is not simply a close contemplation on the “subject-object” relationship in the scope of sculpture-making, nor neither an explicit diagnosis of the social life in light of pandemic, but rather a constant attempt in casting a long shadow into the collective sense of social issues through representing personal perceptions that Wang Lijun seeks to showcase.
Wang Lijun (b. 1982, Hunan) graduated with a MA in Sculpture from Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2013. He is now pursuing his PhD while lives and works in Beijing. Wang Lijun’s interest in issues revolving around everydayness, materiality, and spatiality could be reflected in his artistic practice throughout which sculpture and installation act as core mediums. It is within his tangible interactions with such materials that not only his personal perceptions but the issues emerging in the broader social context are represented. His works have even shown worldwide in solo and group exhibitions that include Fei Art Museum Guangzhou, Art Museum of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Beijing Today Art Museum, Beijing Times Art Museum, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, and so on.