Opening Reception for Daydream Forest: Wu Jian’an’s Image World

5:00–8:00 pm

Jul.
14

On the evening of July 14th, 2017, artist Wu Jian'an’s new exhibition “Daydream Forest: Wu Jian’an’s Image World” was opened at the University of Chicago Beijing Center curated by Wu Hung, Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor in Chinese Art History at Department of Art History and Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at University of Chicago. Organized by UChicago Beijing Center, there were more than 120 people from art field and media attending this event.

Displayed here are two sets of works that he has specially created for this exhibition space.

“500 Brushstrokes fuses painting, papercut, and collage into a new form of two-dimensional art. The artist first draws random strokes on xuan paper with ink and traditional paint. He then cuts out every brushstroke and uses them to construct new compositions. Inspired by Han dynasty bronze “money trees,” Daydream Forest constructs mesmerizing 3-D structures with 2-D images of fantastic beasts.

Both sets of works derive their concepts from the art of folk papercuts but transform them into the language of contemporary art. Full of movement and dynamism, Wu Jian’an’s art merges concrete and abstract forms to generate infinite transformations.”

                                                                                                                                               ——Wu Hung

 

2017年7月14日晚,由芝加哥大学教授巫鸿担纲策展人的艺术家邬建安新作展——“白日梦森林:邬建安的图像世界”在芝加哥大学北京中心正式开幕。此次展览由芝加哥大学北京中心主办,策展人巫鸿教授、艺术家邬建安等百余位艺术界嘉宾和媒体人士出席了开幕式活动。

本次展览展出艺术家邬建安为芝加哥大学北京中心的展示空间特别制作的两组新作。

“《五百笔》将绘画、剪纸、拼贴融合入一种新型的二维艺术形式。他先以水墨和国画颜料在宣纸上任意勾画,然后将这些笔迹剪刻下来再拼合为全新的图画。《白日梦森林》受到汉代青铜“钱树”的启发,以二维的幻想动物形象构造出奇瑰的三维空间结构。这两个作品都从民间剪纸中汲取概念,把这些概念转化为当代艺术的不同语言。它们充满了运动和活力,把具象和抽象的形体融合进无穷的变化之中。“

                                                                                                                                                         ——巫鸿