The Infinite Game: CHAI Yiming Solo Exhibition

 

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Opening: 5 – 7pm Sun March 6th 2016
Exhibition: March 8th – April 28th 2016
开幕:2016年3月6日 周日 5-7点
展期:2016年3月8日 – 4月28日

 

The Infinite Game —- CHAI Yiming Solo Exhibition

FQ Projects is honored to present CHAI Yiming’s solo exhibition—-The Infinite Game. Most works in the show are earlier works of the artist, which look different in style with his more recent ink works at first sight. Appreciating them closely, however, one won’t be surprised anymore, cause this is still that Chai Yiming, always changing. The only thing certain of him is uncertainty.

For this extremely prolific artist, painting is like an “infinite game”. Compared with regular games, infinite games do not have a set beginning nor an end. There is no so-called winners or ruled boundaries, with every moment providing new visions and possibilities. While finite games make participants win or lose under certain rules within certain amount of time, infinite games try to bring the limits into the games to let the participants continue playing. Chai Yiming wanders around in this never-ending game tirelessly, absorbing everything he sees, hears and touched into art. All kinds of media, materials and forms could be his playing field, from cigarette boxes to newspapers, from acrylic to color clay, from landscape to portraits. As his friend Shi Yong once wrote,”There is no linear clue in his paintings to track their roots and traces. They are like piles of faeces that we have to deal with every day, digested or not. Letting off them is on ongoing process full of pleasant sensation.” In this infinite game, he is able to ignore existing rules and past habits at any time, jumping from one point of interest to another. “The only thing keeps him interested is painting itself.”

The exhibition is divided into three main parts.There are three main series on the first floor. The Crazy One is an eccentric species the artist created, and we are happy to present their complicated family tree. Unknown Stuff is a series of works on rough printed paper, the brushstrokes and contents on the paper generating obscure impacts, evoking people’s curiosity and imagination. In Soul Party, there are some pieces of body, some weird figures, and some incoherent utterance. Who are they and where are they? We have loads of questions, yet seem to be knowing something as well. On the second floor, many small works with various media and theme form a line like silhouette of building against the sky, inviting viewers to peep when walking along. The third floor shows some of the artist’s portraits. Faces with flashes of expressions seized onto the paper unexpectedly are eyeing and speaking to the viewers.

The artist’s versatile and unique style has the influence of both oriental and western cultures. His works are not planned, but instead composed of random occurrences reflecting his inner self expression. In his opinion, the Chaos Theory of “random, chaotic, confusion” in Western physics corresponds to the statement of “orderly disorder, random inevitable” in the Book of Changes.

Chai Yiming was born in Harbin in 1965. After graduating from Shanghai Business Academy, majoring interior design in 1987, he attended Huashan Art School and currently works and lives in Shanghai. He has participated in many solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Germany, Belgium, Italy, and Spain. His works have also been exhibited in the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, the Toronto Art Museum, the Chongqing Youth Art Biennale, as well as many other National and International art galleries. Since 2012, FQ Projects cooperates with Chai Yiming, exhibited his works in dual show and summer group show. In 2013, FQ Projects presented Chai Yiming’s Shan Haijing series at Art Stage Singapore. These exhibitions were all very well received. This exhibition The Infinite Game is the second solo show of Chai Yiming at FQ Projects.

无限的游戏——柴一茗个展

非青计划荣幸在2016年新春之际推出柴一茗个展——无限的游戏。本次展览大多数作品为艺术家早期的作品,和他近几年的宣纸水墨作品乍看之下风格迥异,让人有些吃惊,但细细欣赏便会很快了然,这还是那个柴一茗,唯一的“不变”就是“变”。

对于这位极为多产的艺术家来说,画画就像是一场“无限的游戏”。相对于一般意义上的游戏而言,无限的游戏没有确定的开始和结束,没有所谓的赢家,不存在规定的边界,每个瞬间都可能提供新的视域和可能性。通常的游戏让参与者在一定的规则和时间内决出胜负,而无限的游戏试图将限制本身纳入游戏之中,以让参与者继续游戏。柴一茗乐此不疲地在这场永无止境的游戏中肆意横行,神出鬼没,把看到听到触到的一切都化为自身所有。一切媒介、素材和形式都可以成为他游戏的疆域,从香烟盒到报纸,从丙烯到彩泥,从风景到人像。正如其好友施勇曾说,“在他的绘画世界中,从来就无法以一种线性的时间线索来判断它们的来历与踪迹,它们就像是一堆堆每天必须处理、夹杂着各种消化了的与没有消化的‘排泄物’,没完没了,充满快感。”在这无限的游戏里,他可以随时无视既有的规则、突破以往的习惯,从一个兴趣点跳到另一个兴趣点,“让他始终保持兴趣的,就是画画本身”。

此次展览主要分为三大区域。一楼的展厅包含三个系列作品,《疯狂的一个》是柴一茗创造的一个怪异家族,以“家族树”的样式展出;《不知道的事情》是多张画在油墨印刷纸上的作品,艺术家笔下的勾勒和纸上原有的内容形成了一股莫名的张力,激起人们的好奇和联想;在《灵魂派对》中,粉底的纸上有一些零碎的肢体、一些奇特的人形,一些话语,他们是谁、在哪里,我们疑问重重,却又似乎知晓些什么。二楼的展厅展出的是许多张不同材质不同主题的小幅作品,呈一行排开,看起来好似城市里的楼宇天际线,观者可以沿着它们窥视人间百态。三楼展出的是艺术家的人像作品,一张张神态各异的面孔在某个表情闪现的瞬间被捕捉下来,和观者对视对话。

艺术家这种多样而独特的风格既有东方传统文化的影响,也得益于他对西方文化的吸收。绘画是他对自我内在自然而然的抒发,是一种由内而外的随机发生。“随机,无序,混乱”是西方物理学中的混沌理论,也对应了周易的“有序无序、随机必然”一说。

柴一茗,1965年生于哈尔滨。1987年上海商业学院装潢设计专业毕业后,再读于华山美校。现工作生活于上海。在美国,德国,比利时,意大利,西班牙都曾展出过多个个展和群展。国内参加的展览曾在上海当代美术馆,多伦多美术馆,重庆青年美术双年展,喜玛拉雅美术馆,以及多家知名画廊展出。非青计划从2012年与柴一茗开始合作,为其举办了双个展,夏日纸本群展,ART021博览会等。此次展览是柴一茗在非青计划的第二次个展。

 

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