The spring exhibition of APSMUSEUM, "For A Bigger Picture", co-hosted by Art Pioneer Studio and L+Mall Shanghai, officially opened on March 8th 2022.
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'For A Bigger Picture' is presented by APSMUSEUM in collaboration with L+MALL, Shanghai. For this exhibition we invited Gu Zheng as the academic director, Shi Hantao as curator, and 12 groups of widely known artists including Cai Dongdong, Lei Lei, Ling Yun &Yang Fudong, Liu Ding, Luo Yongjin, Ni Youyu, Ren Lengfei, Wang Gongxin, Yin Xiuzhen, Yu Ji, Zhang Enli, and Zhou Xiaohu to participated.(Artists' names are sorted by Chinese initials, regardless of order.) Through this exhibition, APSMUSEUM hopes to invite the audience to think about the new possibilities of "collage" art and see the "bigger picture" of art and reality itself.
# 01 Exhibition Introduction #
David Hockney considers the "collage" of Cubism to be an important invention of 20th century art. Collage art breaks through the law of linear perspective since Renaissance, no longer pursues the illusion of reality, but questions and subverts the human rationality represented by perspective. Meanwhile, the collage art that incorporates realistic materials into the picture as "Ready-made Objects" and "Ready-made Images" is an attempt to build a new relationship between art and reality, and to fill up the gap between art and life in some ways. These exhibited works reflect the profound influence of modernist "collage" on contemporary art, and greatly expand its definition. "Collage" once activated the vitality of artistic creation in concept and language. This exhibition hopes to invite the audience to think further about its new possibilities in the 21st century. David Hockney said that "collage" is "A Bigger Picture”. For the title of this exhibition, it not only refers to the expansion of the creation and viewing for specific works, but also refers to this artistic style that allows us to see "bigger picture" of art and reality.
Zhang Enli, Hair, Mixed media collage, 1100x800mm；2014。
In the Hair series, Zhang cut out the images of hair with varies color and shape, and collage
into layers of overlapping“visual whirlpool" (Wu Wei). In the gaps between or around the swirls
are scattered lines drawn in pencil, just like another depiction of hair. They not only "break the
visual unity of the hair, but also change the density" (Zhang Enli).
Wang Gongxin；Look On; Marble , LED Light, 3D Print Light, Cowhide, Sreen, Camera, Motor
A video art installation, made of varies media,
composed with minimal black and white, involves
viewers into the artwork. The artist tries to indicate
the meaning and value of the existence of the third
grey zone between b&w extreme. Video technology
is used to monitor the scene. Two cameras, front and
back, are mounted on the moving light pole to capture
the audience in the TV screen. At the same time, the
camera moving between black and white fur also brings
the change between black and white into the picture.
The grey element changes with the intervention of
different viewers. The grey between black and white is
full of uncertain change.
On the left ,Luo Yongjin；The Oriental Pearl；Art spray, art paper, aluminum frame;2870x560mm；2006；On the right；The Jinmao Tower；Art spray, art paper, aluminum frame；1820x660mm；2005.
Luo Yongjin divides the bright "Oriental Pearl" and "Jinmao Tower" into parts of flowing light and shadow in
the night, seemingly dispelling the sense of pressure brought by the huge urban skyscrapers. These pictures
also have the visual sense of fragmented refraction of the prism, showing its complexity and elusiveness of the
mordern city and it spatial structure. It seems that we can only perceive partially, and would never be able to
collage them into a perfect complete picture.
Cai Dongdong; The Night; Gelatin silver halide photo, acrylic, mirror, wood, photographic lens, cloth ；2000 x 2000 x 2000 mm；2018 . Special Thanks to Aertist and The Cloud Collection.The Moved Moon；Gelatin silver halide photo；25×27cm。The Cave；Gelatin silver halide photo；41×41cm.
CAI Dongdong's "Night" is an old four-fold screen in emerald green. Original
picture of the screen is missing, the artist collects nearly 1000 pieces of 1-inch old
photograph，connecting and weaving to fill the screen with a new picture. A dress
hangs from a screen, and a vanity mirror embedded with a camera lens sits on a
nearby washbasin stand. In this way, the everyday corners and objects of a family life
become a container for past moments, and the invisible time flows on the concrete
Ren Lingfei；Renovation；Archival inkjet print, UV print, Acrylic；1680x1092mm；2021.
Renovation is selected from Ren Lingfei's ongoing seris"From That
Day". The artist has collaged family photos from different periods into
a photo of an empty room to "renovate" the long-empty home where
she and her mother shared memories of life. In the picture, family
members gather together again in this stagnant time and space,
expressing a young artist living alone abroad's inner attachment to
family and affection. Although renovation is suspended due to various
factors, the state of the room in the work and the house as a whole is
also suspended in the present moment.
Lei Lei from left to right; Movement 5；1260x1080mm；2019. Movement9；1200x1020mm；2019. Weekend；Video ;6 mins 45 seconds；2019.
Today’s issues with photography have officially given way to issues with
the image. Weekend is a series of old phtograph collage. The photographs
themselves are often disaggregated images of a continuous motion, which
the artist "connects "in a specific arrangement that seems to reconstruct the
process of that motion. As a kind of photographic montage, his collage is not
only the description of different sides of an object, but also the juxtaposition
of different times, just like the simultaneous representation of a dynamic
image composed of linear time in a plane. People and their clothing in the
photo is often distinctive and representative of the time.
Liu Ding；Messengers at Crossroads；Mixed Media on Paper；each 1200x780x1110mm；2016 .
Since 2016，Liu Ding started this series of paintings, collaging
fragments from poetry, written words, news messages, media
images, daily images and his own painting traces together. In each
of such concoctions, he blends news pictures, photographs he’s
taken on his phone or from the Internet, texts taken from literary
works, and graffiti he draws with computer software into one. In
image processing, Liu uses a series of destructive brushstrokes and
overlays images on top of each other to "mask" news images from
the scene. He then uses crayons, oil pastels, acrylic to paint, smear
and cover over such printed images, to generate raised surfaces
and a relief-like appearance. Messengers at Crossroads reveal his
ambition to create a new visual language to narrate our complex
Ni Youyu；The Endless Waterfall Ⅰ、Ⅱ、Ⅲ、Ⅳ；Original old photo collage；1100x400 mm；2017-2019；Three Active Volcanoes；Acrylic on canvas & antique frame ；470x590 mm ；2021.
Ni Youyu's Freewheeling Trip series is photographic collage
composed of thousands of old landscape photos of different
periods that the artist collected from flee markets all over
the world, and combined with traditional chinese landscape
vibe with western collage photography. Through long-term
comparison and observation, these photos were cropped and
re-assembled, creating an evocative panorama of mountains
and rivers. At a time when computer retouching technology
seems to have no trace, he used only a knife and a ruler to
perfectly integrate the landscapes of different periods and
countries into new landscapes in a "simple and crude" way.
Ling Yun & Yang Fudong；Worship the Star and Moon；Paint，ink，birch bark，watercolor paper; 600x400mm；2021。
The piece by Ling yun and Yang Fudong is a tiny piece of birch bark superimposed on watercolor
paper. The ink on the paper makes an interesting contrast to the texture of the bark surface and
their respective tones，and the people depicted on bark has a sense of western religious painting.
Worship the Star and Moon is Song Dynasty's epigraph name, evolved from Tang Dynasty jiao Fang
song, meaning a legend that ancient women worship the moon to send thoughts. When introducing
the work, the arrtists says,"the pandemic slows down the time, so we have time to focus on reading
and drawing. The name of the work popped up in mind as soon as the work is done.". Epigraph name
is so quiet and pure that it permeates the state of artist's creation, and help enhance the exquisite
performance of the work. Trying to keep personal independence and calm in the noisy world is what
the artist persue in current social and historic context. Therefore, this work can be seen as a personal
flow and accumulation of time and emotions.
Yu Ji；Forager NO.1；Paper, plaster, white glue, wire；460x360mm；2020。
Forager NO.1 was sketch made for YU JI's solo exhibtion Forager. After the exhibition, Yu re-made the original
manuscript with added collages. The collage content comes from the finished parts of the sculpture. In another
words, Forager is composed of two parts：sketch drawn before the work is done and micro spray of the
photography of the finished work. The combination of finished and unfinished work on one picture become an
imagination of another unfinished work.
Yin Xiuzhen；《Wall Instrument No. 16》；Procelain, used clothes；1020x1020x120mm；2018-2019.
Yun Xiuzhen's ceramic and textile work Wall Instrument
is one of four chapters in her "Spirit Ware" series.
Jingdezhen's typical shadow-blue porcelain plate is
covered with cracks embedded with scraps of cloth.
The collage of these "ready-made object" presents both
rupture and suture, creating a powerful tension between
two very different material textures. The artist calls
the wall objects "places for the soul," she said. "They
are all torn from clothes worn by different people, and
they have a universal human spirit and temperature."
Just like a variety of plants growing out of a ruin, these
jagged whiskers are full of life everywhere.
Zhou Xiaohu；Garden of Earthy Delights；3D Animation; 5mins；2022.
The new video, "Garden of Earthy Delights" was edited
from the 2016 string puppet work "Paradise on Earth,"
which was filmed in collaboration with zhejiang Folk String
Puppet Troupe. The puppet performances switch back and
forth between the landscape of southern Zhejiang and old
industries. The shape of the puppet is derived from the folk
myth of "Eight immortals crossing the sea" and the custom
of Shehuo. It transforms the gods with worldly gifts into
"conscious pets" of free will to create a surreal paradise on
earth. The work discusses the ritual of equality between
geographical humanity and custom, the balance between
geological landscape and human intervention.
“For A Bigger Picture”, the spring exhibition of APSMUSEUM is co-hosted by Art Pioneer Studio and L+Mall. APSMUSEUM aims to discover, build, and integrate the interests of contemporary art, architecture, design, fashion, and other creative fields into a “space” of possibilities.
Deputy General Manager of the Shanghai Lujiazui Finance & Trade Zone Development Co., Ltd and General Manager of Lujiazui Commercial Operation & Management Co., Ltd.; Nie Ying, Director of Pudong Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau; Wang Bin, founder of Art Pioneer Studio, Organization and curator of APSMUSEUM; Artists Zhang Enli, Luo Yongjin, Zhou Xiaohu, Ni Youyu, Lei Lei made a speech.
From Left to the right are artist Yang Fudong, Luo Yongjin, Zhou Xiaohu, founder of Art Pioneer Studio & APSMUSEUM Robin Wong, Mr. Jia Wei Deputy General Manager of the Shanghai Lujiazui Finance & Trade Zone Development Co., Ltd and General Manager of Lujiazui Commercial Operation & Management Co., Ltd, artist Ling Yun, Zhang Enli, Ni Youyu, Lei Lei.
Artist Zhang Enli gave a speech.
Artist Luo Yongjin gave a speech.
Artist Zhou Xiaohu gave a speech.
Artist Ni Youyu gave a speech.
Artist Lei lei gave a speech.
Founder of Art Pioneer Studio & APSMUSEUM Robin Wong gave a speech.
Nie Ying, Director of Pudong Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau gave a speech.
Mr. Jia Wei Deputy General Manager of the Shanghai Lujiazui Finance & Trade Zone Development Co., Ltd and General Manager of Lujiazui Commercial Operation & Management Co., Ltd, gave a speech.
# 04 Exhibition Information #
Academic Director：Gu ZhengArtists：Cai Dongdong，Lei Lei，Ling Yun&Yang Fudong，Liu Ding，Luo Yongjin，Ni Youyu，Ren Lengfei，Wang Gongxin，Yin Xiuzhen，Yu Ji，Zhang Enli，Zhou XiaohuDuration：2022.03.08 - 2022.05.08Venue：APSMUSEUM，No.301, Floor 3, L+MALL, ShanghaiOrganizers：Art Pioneer Studio、L+MALL