This residency tends to be more about seeing myself as a local and integrating into this three-dimensional city in my life. Chongqing is also like a constantly rotating post-industrial leviathan that wraps me up inside and out. When aimlessness becomes a daily routine, it is detached from many pivot points. The exhibition will respond to some aspects of the city from both photography and painting perspectives. A number of key words below are another clue.
The walk in Chongqing starts with constantly getting lost.
The polycentric structure of the city comes not only from the geographical ups and downs, but also from the elevation differences created by the combination of various mountains and slopes. Gravity becomes the force that forges the city's character here, with circular shopping areas and terraced drop-offs that desperately need to be interconnected. People part here and suddenly meet again.
Photography, ink on paper & canvas
The pull ring in the carriage of Light Rail Line 1 is red, while that of Line 2 is green.
For me, the pull ring is one of the orientation points in this three-dimensional city, like a cave. On the body of a giant industrial leviathan, these acupuncture points are strung one on top of the other, stretching on and on.
Ware Space's artist studio in building 501 is a converted warehouse building.
Curiously, these internal organs of the Industrial Leviathan are very close to the production of art. A metal spacer, about two centimeters in diameter with a hole in the middle, is left on the work table. Corresponding to the constantly transforming railroad and power plant around Huangjueping, this circle seems to suggest a certain irreversible movement.
The drawing of the circular "Cross" series was a complete accident.
The unpredictable planning and intensive labor suddenly appeared in the daily work: I divided the circles I needed to draw, such as paper cloth, into 15 cm, 20 cm, 30 cm and 70 cm diameters. The quantity of each size varied and the quota was to complete an average of 7 pieces per day, producing them in a step-by-step manner. The final batch of contraptions were centrally painted, with the year and author added.
The two guards below the Liberation Monument pace around the high monument counterclockwise in an infinite loop at a rate of 30 seconds per circle, like a clock. Beyond that more cavities rotate individually via circular outlines: signs, grapes, stone tables, balloons, switches, nails, bowls, fans, life preservers, ropes ......
The "core", hypothetically, refers to the atom-like meta-energy, divided into five colors. The core corresponding to spirituality (water) is a mixture of black and white.
In contemporary society, the "five elements" are still mutually exclusive. Technology brings authority (fire generates earth), and power suppresses spirituality (earth grinds water). The existence of the parts and caves, or rather Cross's round ink paintings, may simply be an attempt to add some round objects to the world in their own way.
Square Circle (Wood)
"The Red Squared One plans to build another merchant circle here."
"Will the Tomb Raider agree? Unless the two sets of power plants are modified first."
"There's no need to worry about that, the Akafangist will make the best of the situation. Two groups of shopping centers, Block A is round and Block B is square, connected by antique wooden bridges in Between."
"Boring design. If that's the case, where should we move to?"
"We'll live inside."
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