Metamorphosis – Sun Yu Solo Exhibition

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September 14 2014 – November 12 2014
Opening: 5-7pm, September 14, 2014
House 76 Lane 927 Huai Hai Middle Road, Shanghai
 
2014.9.14 - 2014.11.12
开幕酒会:2014年9月14日周日下午5-7点
非青计划
上海淮海中路927弄76号 
 

Sun Yu was born in Northern China and has studied painting since childhood, graduating from Guanzhou  Academy of Fine Arts. He specializes in portraits. Years of college life have given him exquisite painting skills and his infinite interest in human, exploration and thinking of life have brought a strong personal color and innovation to his paintings.

The name “Yi” comes from the Chinese ancient book <Yi Jing>, means “metamorphosis”. These new works are different from his past works both in technique and concept. This exhibition is an important turning point in Sun Yu’s career as an artist.

“Bad boy” series take the twelve Chinese Zodiacs as a clue, creating twelve characteristic portraits. This group of paintings still continues his past dark tone, the human spirit of keeping distance from the world and the unique character of black humor. But at the same time, he is trying to abandon the past college training skills, and go back to the “rustic” artistic expression—using simple lines to outline and making the characters more plain and cartoonish—which has given his works a childlike sense such as never previously existed. Corresponding with the external technique changes , the artist gets his internal changes. Sun Yu has more than once mentioned that he is in a transitional period and he hopes to release from the past struggles, in order to enter the pure and peaceful state. We can also experience his change attempt and attitude from the “Bad boy” 、 “Black color” and “Magician” series.

“Magician” series is the most specific works in his new paintings. Each work is composed of six small paintings, showing a complete human being separated. Yearning for the completion with the reality of division and pursuing perfection with the eternal imperfection is the contradiction of our normal life which is difficult to reconcile. The artist is trying to use the “Magician”, a unique expression, to represent his strong desire for self improvement and the pain in this continuous perfection process. Sun Yu will always be in a state of “metamorphosis” throughout his life on the artistic road. Even though the Cici Fuss’s stone still rolls down after the sunset, Sun Yu would never change his pursuit of perfection, as this is the best solution to afflict the inherent contradiction of life.

In the “Reverse Mountain”, he is trying to absorb the wisdom and inspiration from Chinese traditional culture. The idea of this painting is from “Kan Gua” which is one of the divinatory symbols in the <Yi Jing>, a reminder that we should still keep our human virtue in difficult circumstances. In order to express this idea, Sun Yu puts lots of doll-like people in a dark and cloudy world. Some people survive to get on the highest peak because of their maintenance of virtue, while some people are submerged to the lower land cause their treachery. If we observe the picture carefully, we will find that the deep soil in the “Reverse Mountain” is painted by the measurement unit like “one” 、“two”, “big”、or“small”. It is Sun Yu’s pure expectation for the ideal society that only we bury the care of gain and loss, we can obtain the real peace and happiness.

From the exquisite training skills to “rustic” expression, from struggling in the whirlpool of desire to pursuit of pureness, Sun Yu will always be in the “metamorphosis”, while the only changeless is his devotion to the art and self.

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Sun Yu

非青计划即将在9月14日隆重推出孙宇个展——《易》,将展出其新作《坏小孩》系列、《黑颜色》系列、《魔术师》系列以及大型油画《颠倒山》。82年出生的孙宇一直是非青计划长期推广的青年艺术家,曾为其举办数次群展及个展,《易》是他在非青计划的第三次个展。

孙宇生于北方,自幼习画,后求学南方,广州美术学院研究生毕业。他专攻肖像画,多年的学院生活赋予了他娴熟细腻的绘画技巧,而他自身对人的无限兴趣和热情以及对生命的探索、思考,则为其画作带来了极强的个人色彩和革新性。

“易”取自中国的古老典籍《易经》,意为“变”。此次新作不论是技巧还是观念,与以往皆有很大不同,是孙宇艺术生涯中一个重要的转折点。

《坏小孩》系列以中国传统文化中的十二生肖为线索,创作了各具特点的十二幅人像。这组画作虽然依旧延续了他过去深沉黑暗的色调,与世界时刻保持距离的人物精神以及独有的黑色幽默。然而,在延续的同时,他在技巧上则试图抛弃过往的学院训练,回归“拙”的艺术表现手法——以简单的线条勾勒轮廓、平面化以及卡通化人物形象,使得作品展现出一种从未有过的童真感。与外在技法转变相应的是艺术家内在的转变。孙宇不只一次地提到,自己正处于转变期,他希望能从过往的挣扎中解脱,从而进入单纯平和的状态。这种尝试解脱和转变的姿态,我们从《坏小孩》、《黑颜色》以及《魔术师》系列中都能有所体会。

《魔术师》系列是新作中最为特异的作品,每一副作品皆是由六幅小画组合而成,展现出一个完整人体被切割的状态。对圆满的向往与分裂的现实,对完美的追求与永恒的不完美,这中间难以调和的矛盾从来都是人生的常态。艺术家正是试图以《魔术师》这独有的表现形式来展现他完善自我的强烈愿望以及在这一完善过程中不断触礁的痛苦。对孙宇来说,不论是人生道路,还是艺术生涯,他永远都将处于“易”之中,即使西西弗斯的石头日落后依旧会滚下,依然无变他对完善的无限接近,因为这是对抗人生这一固有矛盾的最好办法。

而在《颠倒山》中,他则试图从中国传统文化中吸取智慧和灵感。画作的构想源自《易经》中的“坎”卦,是一个提醒人们在艰难环境中依旧要保持人性美德的卦象。为了表达这一理念,孙宇在《颠倒山》中将大量如玩偶般的人置于浑浊灰暗的天地间,一部分人能登至山峰高处,因其对美德的持守,一部分则被淹没至低处,因其背信弃义。而如果我们细心观察画面,则会发现,《颠倒山》中深厚的土壤是用中国传统的计量数字,如“一”、“二”等,或用于计量的语言,如“大”、“小”等画成,这其实是孙宇对理想社会的一种近乎单纯的期盼,只有我们将得失计较掩埋,才能获得真正的宁静和幸福。

从训练娴熟的技法转为“童拙”的表现,从挣扎于欲望的漩涡到对简单纯粹的追求,孙宇正处于并将继续处于“易”中,唯独不变的是他对艺术和自我的忠诚。

艺术家简介:

孙宇

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