Irrelevant – Sun Yu Solo Exhibition

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May 1st, 2011 – June 30th, 2011
Opening Reception: Apr 30th Sat 5-8pm
 
2011年5月1日 - 2011年6月30日
开幕式:2011年4月30日 周六下午 5-8点
 

“Irrelevant” is the first solo exhibition for the artist Sun Yu. Using a minimal palette and careful brushwork he presents the viewer with a subjective impression of the portrait, an individual or a small group. Locating them within his imagined surroundings SUN Yu exposes the state of the sitter’s mind and somehow the observer – artist’s mind too. “Irrelevant” is a monologue of the artist’s inner world. While he questions the distance between each individual and society and answers this question with calm considered brush strokes perhaps in reality it is a process of self-analysis irrelevant to the society, values or current people’s attitude.

The people he portrays are often lost in the search for the meaning of life. The search is pure but tolerant, as J.M.Coetzee said in the “Youth”: each man is an island. This alienation between people leads to the outside world understanding the individual less. In Sun Yu’s works, the figures show an indifference and independent view of the world, reflecting a feeling of frustration and helplessness. It seems personal will is always unsatisfied with the real world. Sun Yu depicts his fear of loneliness and losing everything through the works Even Skeletons Fear series. The Photo of Me and Devils and When I am Old give a loneliness and associated mood caused by the vicissitudes of everyday life; Irrelevant, Absolute Isolation and Lonely Drama reflects the attitude of the artist towards the world, facing life’s sadness.

Sun Yu is also interested in discussing the subjects of human desire. While Desire is a basic human instinct to desire too much will devour everything. In the Butcher series he depicts the contrast between a butcher’s emotionlessness and the dead sharks heads with their mouths wide open. Excessive desire destroys the merciful side of human nature. As in the work Extreme Penalty’s expression, the endless desire for more leads to the ultimate penalty.

Exhibition “Irrelevant” is a confrontation with humanity. The name itself derives from humanity’s self-neglect and the subsequent sadness that the artist feels for the world we live in.

Sun Yu, born in 1982, Jilin province,studied painting at an early age for more than ten years and graduated from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. He now lives and works in Beijing. His works have been selected in many exhibitions such as Chinese Oil Painting Exhibition of Contemporary College Students in 2009, Guangzhou Kapok “33 Laichi” Art Salon in 2006, Linnan “New Power” Oil Painting Exhibition in 2007 and Chinese Oil Painting Exhibition Works in 2008. In 2010 “Here, There, Where? Dual Exhibition” in FQ Projects Shanghai. His work obtained good results in the 2010 Yongle Christie’s auction and were well received both in SH Contemporary art fair 2010 and LA Art Show in 2011. He will continue to be exposed to wider audiences in the coming Art HK 11 by FQ ProjectsIn 2010 “Here, There, Where? Dual Exhibition” in FQ Projects Shanghai made him widely praised. And in the same year, in Beijing Yongle Christie’s fall 2010 auction of Chinese contemporary art his work also obtained good results. The following spring his works have been shown at the Los Angeles Art Fair and this coming May he will be at Art Hong Kong this is his first solo oil painting exhibition in FQ Projects.

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Sun Yu

《无关》是年轻艺术家孙宇首次个人油画展。孙宇擅长人物油画,在他的作品中,环境色调与人物心境始终合二为一,细致娴熟的笔法、深沉却不显厚重的色彩是他独特的个人风格。《无关》是一次有关内心世界的自问自答,他提出一个质疑,究竟我们与这个世界,与他人的距离有多遥远,同时他也用冷静的笔锋给出了自己的答案。也许这是一次无关于社会,无关于价值,也无关于现时的内心命题。

“孤岛”是孙宇绘画中所表现的一种生存状态。他所刻画的人物在迷惘中探求生命的意义,而这种探求是一种人性上的、单纯的、无奈的探求。正如库切J.M.Coetezee在《青春youth》中所言,每个人都是一座孤岛。人与人之间沟通疏离的同时,也丧失了被外界理解的可能。在他的绘画中,人物呈现出一种冷漠且独立的世界观,个人愿望与现实世界背道而驰,人性中的种种无奈与无助也在其中体现,这所带来的孤独是长久且持续的。他在作品 《骷髅也害怕》中描写了对孤独的战栗,对失去一切的恐惧;而在《我与魔鬼的合影》、《当我老去时》中暗生的落寞情绪来源于事事无常的变迁;《无关》、《绝对孤立》、《寂寞舞台剧》则体现了艺术家对待世界的态度,直面人生的悲凉,背负着一种悲凉却坚定不移的态度。

强调“孤岛”定义的同时,另一方面,孙宇也试图去剖析人性欲望的着力点。生之欲本是人所基本的渴望,但过多的欲望索求也会如洪水猛兽般吞没一切。《屠夫系列》讲述的就是这样一个有关欲望的故事,三幅画中,屠夫的冷漠与背景中动物尸骨、刚屠宰加工的肉制品以及张开大口愤怒控诉的鲨鱼形成鲜明对比。欲望贪婪的一面致使人性中的怜悯缺失,欲望的平衡点在倾斜中崩溃。在《极刑》、《黑十字》中,欲望的无止尽索求最终带来的是赤裸裸地鞭笞,而这鞭笞是否能带来一丝觉悟却不得而知。

展览《无关》是一次与人性的对峙与抗衡。无关的命名来源于对自我的弃绝,以及由此而来的对人生基本处境的悲凉暗示。

孙宇,1982年生,吉林人,幼年起学习绘画十余载。后南下求学,2009年毕业于广州美术学院油画系第二工作室,现工作居住于北京。作品曾入选中国当代大学生油画作品展,广州木棉《33来迟》艺术沙龙展、岭南新势力油画作品展,中国油画写生作品汇展等。2010年于上海非青计划《这里,那里,哪里双人展》获得广泛好评,后作品参与北京永乐佳士得2010年中国当代艺术秋季拍卖获得佳绩,隔年参与洛杉矶艺术博览会,并于今年五月举行首次个人油画展,并参与香港艺术博览会。

艺术家简介:

孙宇