Twin Tracks: Yang Fudong Solo Exhibition @ Yuz Museum
One of China's most respected contemporary artists, Yang Fudong began his artistic career in the early 1990s, rising to international prominence in the first decade of the 21st century for his contemplative video works expressing the aspiration and angst of a young generation in China caught between modernisation and traditional culture. Using film and video, Yang Fudong captures the potent interval between reality and unreality. His works hint at the tenuous relationship between maturity and naiveté, beauty and sadness, freedom and responsibility, broadening the understanding of film narrative, while also reflecting the inner world of Yang Fudong.
The title of the exhibition, “Twin Tracks”, comes from the Chinese proverb Nanyuan Beizhe, literally meaning to “go south by driving the chariot north”. The title refers not only to the two different styles of works on display in the exhibition, but also Yang Fudong’s favoured working method. Through the primary medium of video, Yang Fudong expands upon the formal qualities of the film language, as well as conveying the depth and breadth of his ideas. When creating a work, Yang Fudong does not start with a clear concept or image in mind, rather, as he describes, he pursues a “recognised sensibility, which happens to be precisely the same sensibility felt by the audience”. The final result is a ‘recognised film’ independent of a unified style or subject matter.
Twin Tracks: Yang Fudong Solo Exhibition runs until 15 November @ Yuz Museum. 35 Fenggu Lu, near Longteng Dadao. Tel: 6210 5207. Web: www.yuzmshanghai.org
HUGO BOSS ASIA ART 2015 @ Rockbund Art Museum
HUGO BOSS ASIA ART presents artworks by six nominated artists; Guan Xiao (Mainland China), Huang Po-Chih (Taiwan), Moe Satt (Myanmar), Maria Taniguchi (Philippines), Vandy Rattana (Cambodia) and Yang Xinguang (Mainland China). Building on the success of the first edition in 2013, the second edition of the award in 2015 continues to honour emerging contemporary artists who are in the early stages of their artistic creation and exhibition practices.
Curated by RAM and developed closely together with the participating artists, the exhibition demonstrates the rich diversity of practices these artists are developing in Asia. The selection of artwork ranges from painting to video art; from sculpture to installation and performance; from anthropological research to more conceptual and poetic representations; from observation of the localities to their formulation into a universal artistic statement.
The winner announcement of HUGO BOSS ASIA ART 2015 will be made on 26 November 2015, and the winner will receive a stipend of RMB 300,000 to further develop their artistic practice.
HUGO BOSS ASIA ART 2015 runs until 3 January 2016 @ Rockbund Art Museum. 20 Huqiu Lu, near Beijing Dong Lu. Tel: 3310 9985. Web: www.rockbundartmuseum.org