Dai Mouyu exhibition: Moments – Needle ink pen solo exhibition

Dai-Mouyu-exhibition-moments

June 17 2014 – August 1 2014
Opening: 5-7pm, June 15, 2014
House 76 Lane 927 Huai Hai Middle Road, Shanghai
 
2014.6.17 - 2014.8.1
开幕酒会:2014年6月15日周日下午5-7点
非青计划
上海淮海中路927弄76号
 

FQ Projects is very proud to present Dai Mouyu’s latest needle-ink-pen on paper works solo exhibition — “Moments” on 15th June. This exhibition runs till 1st August.

Looking from afar each work appears to be a grey-tone figurative image: flowing grasses in the wind, a flock of gulls in the sky, the sky and sea, peaks of mountains. From closer inspection however, the viewer must be astonished by the artist’s painstaking efforts: tens of thousands of unbroken lines fill the whole paper, and the distance between each slender line is only few millimeters while the background is consisting of crossing vertical and horizontal lines. Standing in front of this great undertaking, shocked by the manner of painting the uncountable repeated but different lines, viewers would surrender under his ascetic painting way. Dai Mouyu withstands the ordeal from body and spirit to create a distinctive and visual experience for his audiences. As stated by the artist: “The stimulation of drawing to me is the excitement that comes from the strokes which contains anxiety and stress. The pure pleasure however lies in physical act of creation of the works.” All the paintings for this exhibition are the newest works finished this year. They build on the exquisiteness, sensitivity, calmness and size of his previous works, with a developed understanding towards the aesthetics appearance and atmosphere.

The famous Chinese saying “Zhi Er Shi Qi, Qu Er Shi Yu” has been used to describe the artist’s works, having a rich connotation and simplicity of appearance is very suited to his drawings. At first view, we can feel his strong emotions. In the drawing “A Lost Thought”, seemingly random lines have their own rhythm and order. These lines deliver a strong sense of grief that we cannot control in our own lives, like grasses blowing in the wind. When this emotional state passes, we can get the artist’s rational reflections of the creatures of the universe, including his philosophical and religious thinking.

As the Buddhist saying shows:

“See anything
Brought about by causes
As like a star,
An obstruction of the eye,
A lamp, an illusion,
The dew, the bubble,
A dream, or lightning,
Or else a cloud.”

Dai Mou Yu has a fine grasp of subtle emotion and oriental philosophy which gives his work a great space for exploration.

As opposed to the artists also working with ink medium and attempting to rid their works of traditional Taoism, Dai MouYu uses a contemporary writing tool, needle ink pen to express a traditional yet out of this world temperament. This traditional and modern encounter express the avant garde and creative nature of his works. Art critic Gu Zheng wrote: “The process of finding the view that matched with his mind is the greatest pleasure to him”. Dai’s paintings are always initiated by his momentary ideas. He speculates and seeks day after day to catch the moment that the inspiration flashed upon his mind. Our exhibition is named “Moments”, however it is not that simple to describe his works.

Dai Mouyu was born in Guandong province, graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, he works and lives in Shanghai since 2004. His works have been exhibited in Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art and many other countries ie. France, Germany and Tai Wan. FQ Projects exhibited his works in several SH Contemporary Art Fair, Art14 London art fair and Art Busan. As well as six group exhibitions in FQ Projects. This show “Moments” is his second solo exhibition at FQ Projects.

View Artist Profiles:

Dai Mouyu

非青计划很欣喜的推出戴牟雨的全新针管笔纸本作品个展《一念》,于2014年6月15日开幕,展期将至8月1日结束。

从远处看画作,大部分是一幅幅灰色调子的具象作品,或是风中的一丛草,或是群鸥,或是天空或大海,或是山川。而走近看,方能体会到作者的苦心孤诣,上千上万根线条连绵交集,一根根细密纤长的线条相隔距离只在几毫米之间,背景又是横贯整幅画作的排列紧密的横竖格子。站在这巨大的工程前面,深受震撼之余,观者不禁被此种苦行僧般的重复又各不相同的线条绘画方式带来的美感而折服。戴牟雨正是经历着这种对精神和体力上的耐力和考验,试图创造并呈现给观众一种与众不同的视觉体验。正如牟雨自己所述:“绘画对我的刺激点是笔画上所带来的兴奋感,同时并存着不安和压力。这只是表象,去为之,才是乐趣所在。”这次个展的作品都是今年刚完成的新作,相比之前的作品更为细腻,敏感,沉静,尺幅也较之前更大,对画面气场的掌控更拿捏有度。

牟雨的作品形式朴素,内里丰富,可谓“质而实绮,癯而实腴”。朴素在于创作媒介和表现形式的简单,而内里的丰富则表现在从感性到理性的多重体验:初看其作品,可以感受到艺术家饱满的情绪。如画作《一念成风》,灰暗的背景中,凌乱而又有其节奏和秩序的线条表现出一种强烈的无能自主的哀逝之悲。感性体验平复后,当沉醉、甚至迷失在艺术家繁复细腻的线条迷宫中之时,又能体会到作者对宇宙万事万物的理性思考,乃至哲学及宗教性的把握。佛家有云,“一切有为法,如梦幻泡影,如雾亦如电”,一念升起,即成风成影,东方独有的虚无与哀伤浸润至此。瞬息感情的细腻把握,东方式哲学与宗教的广阔背景——感性与理性的平衡,为他的“质癯”之形带来了“绮腴”的挖掘空间。评论家顾铮在谈到他时曾说过:“在现实中寻找令牟雨耿耿于心的心像并终于与之邂逅的过程,才是他最大的喜悦”。戴牟雨的作品往往是瞬息间念头升起的结果,然而在遭遇灵感那一刻的背后,却深藏着艺术家日复一复的思索与寻找。我们的展览以“一念”为名,其作品却远非一念之轻巧简单。

无论从画面到内涵,牟雨作品有明显的传统东方美学为支撑。在大多数水墨材质的艺术家们试图摆脱传统的“出世”气质,转而致力于表现当下市井生活“入世”之时,曾经从事过新闻摄影记者的戴牟雨用随手可拾的现代书写工具——针管笔为创作媒介,创造无水洗却灵动、无景深而深远的画作,精确的表现出传统水墨画所追求的精神气质和意境,此种现代与传统的邂逅极具先锋性和开创性。

戴牟雨1975年生于广东,毕业于广州美院,2004年开始生活工作于上海。其作品曾在上海美术馆“果冻时代”青年大展、多伦当代新锐艺术展以及法国、德国、中国台湾等多地展出。非青计划携牟雨作品参加过数届上海当代博览会,伦敦art14博览会及Art Busan韩国博览会。戴牟雨在非青计划参加过六次群展,此次展览是牟雨在非青计划的第二次针管笔绘画个展。

艺术家简介:

– 戴牟雨

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