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Nailhenge - Yu Funa Solo Exhibition
2 July - 31 July, 2016
By: Fu Xiaodong
Since 2014, Ye Funa began to convene “Nail Plan” in the name of “exhibitionism”. In the past two years, she collected more than 150 artists’ deliveries and engaged in the creation. With the temporary and mutative nail as the carrier of art program and in the manner of the bodily natural growth to transform the everyday life, she attempted to criticize the traditional museum exhibition. Among the past two years, various art institutions of various city invited “Nail Plan”. As a result, 24 on-site activities was completed. The exhibition “Nailhenge: Ye funa’s solo Exhibition” at Space Station this time, which assembled a set of installations, paintings and literatures, is a large-scale summary of “Nail Plan”.
Nail polishing, or painting, is a self-beautification and decoration of the body; as a part of daily life of female, it is a mark of the artificial reforming of the natural extremities of the body. As the ancient practice of body aesthetics, then, how Ye convert it into a modern political shape of the right to life?
Nail decoration is one of the oldest customs of China. The earliest gold and silver nail-sheath that unearthed in the ruins of Zhou Dynasty is a symbol of wealth and power. They shown the classy lifestyle of the aristocratic women. As the old saying goes, “It was my own parents who created and endowed my body in the form of skin covered with hairs.” Having long hair and fingernail reflected the image of Confucian ideas. During the Warring States, there are kinds of incredible customs such as burial with nails, nail incineration for treatment and so on. As a part of the body’s metabolism, nails were attached to lovesick, avatars, spiritualism and other witchcraft meanings. “Compendium of Materia Medica” argued that nails are the end of soft tissue. Therefore, according the condition of nails, the doctor can diagnose disease of Qi-blood and liver-blood. There has been a red-nail (colored by garden balsam) fashion in Tang Dynasty. The vermilion Koudan (red-nail) that has amber attractive is one of the earliest erotic imagery. One of Li He’s poem (He was a short-lived Chinese poet of the late Tang Dynasty, known for his dense and allusive use of symbolism, for his use of synecdoche, for his vividly imaginative imagery, and for his otherwise sometimes unconventional style of poetry) -- “The candle atop shines through its thin mantel, at midnight garden balsam being pounded in the garden.” -- depicted the scene of manufacture of nail dye. By 1920, inspired by automotive paint, Revlon’s Michelle Menard first invented the modern nail polish. Just like capillaries, nail culture in the era of globalization, with its overwhelming consumer and normalization, already penetrated into the streets of different cultures, even more, smartphone APPs may allow you to get home service at any time. Bare nails, just like the face without makeup, have been unable to be up against the open gaze in public places. In this sense, nail painting is no longer the striking red for the purpose of lure, but a form of self-expression of female subject. Even if nail painting cannot be understood by the desire subject -- the straight -- transgender self-assertive will be intensified. Surely, “Nail Plan” will become a multi-faceted attempt that will seal the fate of all the possibilities. Although “Nail Plan” has often been mocked as a trivial lowbrow, it is not only a revolution that rise from a little body transformation of individual female, but an occupation of the most frequently used and neglected blank area in every life. How we treat the elapsed time and ourselves is a conceptual that should be changed. “Nail Plan” is undoubtedly inquiring the problem of the self. The concept of “Nailhenge” in the tiny system of female individual, which is in the absence of the right to speak and ignored, focusing on an optional aesthetic consumption, was able to ubiquitously ignite the self-perception of the different histories and respective areas.
Ye launched more than 150 artists that come from different backgrounds to mobilize the different historical origins, backgrounds of knowledge, life experience, daily habits, and religious beliefs. She fully developed all the functions of nails that flow in everyday life. They can be used to record telephone numbers and comments; the hand one can be used as weapon and the soft one masturbation; they can be used in mapping or astrology; they can be decorated with hair or plated; they can be used in virtual reality or augmented reality; in drink and shit and metaphysical affection; in engaging in academic curatorial or selling advertising ... “Join the nail plan and let your everyday life is full of miracles!”
How an ancient custom or an everyday life of the collective unconscious, which is relying on gender awareness and which most people involved in the implementation on the extremities of the body, can be transformed into a contemporary one? Here, as blowout, it prompts the creation, reconstruction, regeneration of consciousness. Your body, your life and your time can also become a work of art. Not only this tiny custom revolution with a social motive, but also the individual who cannot vent her creative got a chance for release in the brief moment that become a new way of linking individual and self, individual and history, individual and group. With the growth of the temporary body, the creation bloomed, expired; leaving it’s fresh and then is preserved in literature.
The exhibition architecture that relies on the mythology of “Five Fingers”, “Stonehenge” reconstructs the tradition and history of the different civilizations. Noble and magnificent rock images were interpreted by everyday popular aesthetic. Ye imitated different kinds of mythologies of creation with nails. It is a creative and vulgar subversion of the divine origin. The mocking laughter and absurdity that informed by the lack of coordination and consistency are rising prevalent. “Nailhenge” is not only a rediscovery of everyday life, but also a reinterpretation. The exhibition simulated an anti-myth and anti-ritual order and established Ye’s own judgment about the cosmos.
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