People Around Us – Wang Dawei Solo Exhibition

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30 Jan 2011 – 31 Mar 2011 / FQ Projects
Opening Reception: Jan 29 Sat 5pm-8pm
 
展期:  二零一一年一月三十日 至 二零一一年三月三十一日
开幕式: 二零一一年一月二十九日 周六 下午五点到八点
 

People Around Us will showcase two major oil paintings and a number of smaller works by young local artist Wang Dawei. This, his most recent body of work, explores the transformation in individuality forced upon us by industrialization and the so-called ‘Civilization of the Modern City’. Lacking spiritual thinking and individuality these veiled social problems are revealed to the viewer, just as the dense smoke in Wang Dawei’s paintings partially obscure then actually reveal his doubts and fears; it is definitely a solitary journey.

Wang Dawei was born in the mid 1980s and grew up in the 1990s, mirroring the change from a passionate literary era to one of commercial economy and the pursuit of material possessions. Everything is labeled by price. People judge value of everything by price. The artist is exploring the human condition of modern people in our time. The sudden clash of a material culture has caused confusion and loss of spiritual meaning.

Movies in Memory and Contemporary Sights (600 x 138cm 2009) This work exhibits a sense of foreboding, the deep blue sea dominates enhanced with the moon appearing to be gradually submerged by billowing industrial smoke. People are swimming forward in the boundless ocean in the dark night without any apparent end purpose other than the pursuit of the iconic products of modern civilization floating alongside them, automobiles, vehicles, airplanes… fear and anxiety are revealed vividly through the artist’s paintbrush. Faith and value are floating further and further away from us. The painting by Piet Mondrian that symbolized philosophical thinking is submerged in the water. The Latin cross in the right of the painting is floating away from the people; the effort of the angel in the sky is in vain. People are swimming onwards, forward without any aim in the endless ocean in the dark.

In A Free State(214 x 371 cm 2011)is the artists latest work painted on a large scale with 60 painting blocks put together into one work. The focal point is a gathering of people with an industrialized city and scattered ruins as the background while chimneys, skyscrapers, and industrial smoke almost cover the sky and moonlight. The crowd in the middle of the scene is looking straight at the viewer with a numb and expressionless face. Virtually staring at us like a mirror reflecting the living condition of modern people. The characters in the scene are sitting next to each other and appear to be breathing out the same smoke as the industrial emissions, the closeness of their bodies cannot hide their isolation. The freedom supposedly brought by modern development is illusory the collective desire for material goods proving the freedom in theory doesn’t solve the imprisonment in reality.

Wang Dawei was born in 1984 in Shanghai, graduated from Shanghai Normal University Fine Art College with a BA degree.  He has attended a lot of exhibitions such as Monologue at FQ Projects gallery (2010), Animamix Biennial 2009-2010 at MoCA Shanghai (2009), New Graduate art show at FQ Projects gallery (2009), Art Graduation Exhibition for Shanghai Normal University students (2009) and Art Graduation Exhibition at DeJia Space (2009).

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Wang Dawei

《我们身边的人》是本土年轻艺术家王大卫准备近一年的个人油画展。艺术家对在“现代都市文明”的工业文化推动下个人生存现状进行审视观察及描述。个人精神缺失,整个社会现状匮乏个性这些隐藏的社会问题被摆放在观者面前,如同艺术家所画的迟缓不散的凝重烟尘般等待着人们去直面。对于观者而言,这无可厚非是一场自我审视的内心之旅。

王大卫出生在1980年代中期,成长于整个1990年代。这是中国社会从一个激情洋溢的人文年代激变为以商品经济为主导的拜金社会。所有的一切都被贴上了价格标签,人们以物质衡量和解析所有东西的价值。艺术家深刻感受到社会剧变中,现代人的茫然和不知所措,以及对突如其来物质文明冲击所带来的人生的迷失。

《记忆中的电影和现代景观》是艺术家2009年所创作的长度6米的大型油画。画面色调以黯淡的海水蓝为主,悬在天际被工业烟雾即将遮没的月亮使得画面主体更加沉重。人们在无际黑夜的海上艰难前行,海面漂浮着标志现代工业文明的种种产物,如汽车、飞机、轮船都是人们追逐及随之浮沉的目标。迷失在汪洋中的现代人,面对着各种突如其来的社会变化神情显得麻木、恐惧、乖张,急切的不安,理想的翅膀被浸湿而难以飞翔。在随波逐流的同时,渐渐让信仰和价值观随着海水向自己的身后越漂越远。画中象征哲学思辨的蒙德里安的画作大半已没入海水中,画面尾部的十字架已离开人群追逐的方向渐行渐远,天使在空中所有的试图也无能为力。在没有尽头的夜的海中,只是前行而没有终点。

《自由国度》2010年新近完成的作品,高2米、宽3米。主画面是一群聚集着的各色人群。画面由60个画块拼贴而成。远处工业城市以及散落的废墟的缩影作为背景,烟囱、高楼、随风的工业烟雾即将蔽去天际和月色。人群在画面中间直视观者,神情依然麻木和沮丧,无形中与我们形成对视的效果,如同镜面反射般映射出现代人当前的生活状态。画面中人物比邻而坐,身体和物理距离的靠近却无法消解感情上的冷漠。人们吞吐的烟雾与工业废气如出一辙,书本散落在地上。科技发展带来的更多形式上的自由却被无形的欲望牢牢牵引,无法化解实质上的禁锢。

王大卫,1984年生,上海人,2009年毕业于上海师范大学美术学院油画系,获学士学位。曾参与于2009年上海师范大学无形画廊毕业展,2009年德佳艺术空间艺术展,2009年非青计划新生代艺术群展,上海当代艺术馆2009-2010《寓意非/现实》动漫美学双年展,2010年非青计划自言自语群展等。

艺术家简介:

王大卫