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Shanghai Gallery of Art
2015.04.24 Fri - 2015.06.18 Thu
Opening Exhibition
04/24/2015 18:00
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Liu Yujia & Lai Jin ’na Dual Solo Exhibitions-Shanghai Gallery of Art THREE ON THE BUND
[Press Release]
Liu Yujia: The Third Man
Curator: Jessie Xie

Four video and photography works are featured in artist LiuYujia’s first solo exhibition, casting light on things she’s been recently interested in: objects and the fields they belong to.

The artist manages to bring people’s imagination, perception and logic into play by resorting to theatrical and movie languages, probing into the interplay among objects, time and human beings during the process of an original story developed into narrative copies.

Her works reveal a network of relationships in a visual way: distance and scale, the dynamic and the static, position and depth of field, incentives and outcomes, etc. By intentionally erasing the presence of human from the scene, she intends to detach objects from the narrative scenes and logic they are dependent on to the maximum degree, and to create a kind of suspenseful atmosphere within these delicate confronting, or ever-changing and unstable subtle relevance. When object is being magnified and focused as a subject, no matter its inherent uncontrollable state of motion or its specious identity release some uncertain and fragmented information. By utilizing viewers’ attempt to investigate the “truth”, the being of objects lures people to be trapped in some delusory and possibly non-existent metaphors With the transforming of time, objects, as the subject of narrative, present the state that is hardly conscious in daily experience and play a role beyond itself. From the intact and yet slowed time captured by fixed long shot to the fragmented and inconsistent zeit-collage; from the real time during the photographing to the “reel time” experienced by viewers, the artist endeavors to present and observe objects and the implicative human reactions within different dimensions of time.

The presence of human seems to retreat to an inconspicuous and accessorial position. Nevertheless, they more or less leave some traces on the artworks. The motion of the lifeless objects is exactly valid evidence of the all-time presence of ‘the third man’.

Plus the intentional intervention with narrative time and the network of responses between artworks and views, the fields of truth and fiction constantly overlap, ultimately forming a relationship of “being-for-others” in between objects and people. Such a “serve as a foil” effect is where the charm of narrative language lies.

Born in Sichuan Province in 1981, Liu Yujia graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2004. And in 2009, she gained her MA degree from London College of Communication in University of Arts London. She now lives and works in Beijing. Since 2013, Liu Yujia started to concentrate on the creation of video and photography. Her works have been selected into the exhibition ‘Urban Living Room’, City Pavilions of the 10th Shanghai Biennial (2014) and ‘The System of Objects’ at Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum (2015). The Ray, her first single-channel video work, was selected into the Film sector at 2015 Art Basel.

Lai Jin’na: Presenting Nature
Curator: Karen Huang
Shanghai Gallery of Art is pleased to present Presenting Nature, the first solo exhibition by artist Lai Jin’na in Shanghai. Being more than a presentation of Lai Jin’na’s recent works which have shown some different tendencies from her previous practice, the exhibition could also be seen as a review of the three stages witnessed in the artist’s journey in the art world.
Lai Jin’na’s work investigates the spiritual essence behind the nature. From her earlier acrylic on canvas, color pencil on paper to her recent paper pricking series, the evolution of her artistic vision could be perceived: the intentional visual manipulation and cutting of the scenes and objects she observed, which were seen in her earlier practice, have gradually developed into the focus on individual objects that are more specific. As a result, the magnified individual objects are imbued with more imagination and possibilities for seeing. With the changes of the media she chooses to work with, the works she produces form an organic continuance, and the spiritual essence contained within gradually comes to the fore during this continuing process.
Lai Jin’na’s artworks in color pencils and ballpoint made their debut in a series in 2010. Contours of the objects she depicted
seemed blurred beneath the intricately interlaced lines. A sense of organization was born out of the elaborate and yet delicate
lines. What’s behind it was a journey she initiated to pursue simplicity from complexity, representation from abstraction, the
inner world from the outer world. It also conveyed such a message: all things had to be imbued with meaning, and the
delicately elaborate lines should be deemed as traces necessary to achieve this. Lai Jin’na used to lead a life highly laid-back and
close to nature, which informed her perception of nature as well as the world. Being a follower of Animism, she believes in the rationality of all things that exist.
Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing, the paper pricking series she produced in 2014 carried on the realistic approach seen in her ballpoint painting. However, the shapes of flowers and leaves delineated through needle pricking and shadows caused by the overlapping of them made the objects look more flexible and light than those depicted by ballpoints.
Compared with a pure graphic way of delineation, the paper pricking works represented the objects in real life in a more vivid and realistic way. Leaves and flowers delineated through needle pricking seemed to be able to breathe. The purity and lively strength were so infectious that it seemed every breath the viewers took followed the rhythm of the verve given out by these works, and every breath was a way to get rid of the stale and take in the fresh. During the process, they were also experiencing the various possibilities of all the beings in the world.