视次第 | 韩建宇个展
Envisioning Order | Han Jianyu Solo Exhibition
8 Aug - 30 Aug, 2015
“Envisioning Order”Han Jianyu’s Solo Exhibition Press Release
From August 8th through the 30th, 2015, Space Station presents Han Jianyu’s fourth solo exhibition of work titled “Envisioning Order.” The exhibition will feature three new series of work from 2014 through the present. Han Jianyu’s creative concept may be understood as divided into two stages: the first stage pays attention to the work’s visual impact, a sizeable portion of the work whose creation occurred over a long period of time. This stage includes work from two series, “Comrade Series” produced between 2006-2009, which contains portraits of historical political figures rendered in a pop-art style, and the 2009-2010 series “The Gamut of Unknown Origins” which converges colored political maps and relegated historical political figures together. The importance of these two series lies in their external experiences. Han Jianyu’s 2013 Space Station exhibition “Powers in the Jungle” served as the inauguration for the artist’s second creative stage, in which the figure gradually fades away, with increasing emphasis placed on environmental elements and personal politics assimilating with fictional settings. The work implicitly transforms, offering metaphors, which reflect upon existing structures of knowledge and universal value systems.
The conceptual difference between this year’s solo exhibition, “Envisioning Order” and past works is that now, Han Jianyu has begun to paint small sketches recording fleeting discoveries within his surrounding environment, Painting visuals from vernacular scenes, the artists regards“light and shadow” as intrinsic clues. The three series within the exhibition may be linked together one by one. Han Jianyu’s 2014 works offer an individual understanding of historical and political experiences and metaphors built up prior to the deconstruction of a continuous painting system, thus leading to multiple lines of research, while at the same time advancing creativity. “The Verge of Losing Control” series has gradually moved away from the “political” bounds of his earlier work, considering issues related to painting, itself. Black, white and gray serve as fundamental elements within painting’s boundless circle of control and lack there of. The “Halo” series is a study on the composition of ready-made objects with planar painting. Han Jianyu abridges the flashing neon glow of the city at night with the two-dimensional world of painting. Within the series “Ghost Image”, the projecting relationship between the mirrors and the round dot materializations bind together two seemingly unrelated objects and construct a special visual experience.
From these works, we may see gradual changes in Han Jianyu’s creative focus. Now, he is more concerned with specific, more significant visual elements, which is related to his relatively early exploration in rational creative methods. Reason has made his perceptions of the world steadily more concentrated. Political narratives have unwittingly become dominant elements within his paintings, along with a deepening creative process and the construction of a personal language system. The artist has discovered that his denotative and connotative understanding of “politics” has gradually changed. For him, politics have become ubiquitous. He has decided that through the long process of finding “abandoned pearls”, those fleeting heartbeats, he can use “light and shadow” to string together new connections, gradually advancing his creative process through step by step exploration and discovery.
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