混合材料,尺寸可变 / Mixed material, Variable size

粗体字引入中国的时间尚存争议,经过上个世纪一系列的冷热战和政治运动, 粗体字作为拥有强烈的视觉冲击力的字体和它在政治宣传中的广泛应用,同时回应了在社会主义语境下的集体记忆。粗体字至今仍大规模地出现在全国各地。目前在中国大力推行的社会主义核心价值观,其核心词汇的首字就是 “ 富 ”。相较起一百多年前的邻国日本,明治维新第一个口号也是富强。此次展览中,映入眼帘的是巨大的几乎据展览空间的整面墙的残缺的“ 富 ” 字。歪斜的字体、暴露在外的木龙骨,政治广告喷绘被碎片化为墙上悬挂着的“展品”,这些对现成品的重构直接指向了一种愈加趋同并且被动的审美——作为权力主要的承载之一的公共审美。散落在地上的号码球犹如渺小的个体,他们在国家拉动经济增长的大潮中随波逐流。这些反应人们当下焦虑的感受最终以在一张漫画来揭示,漫画中同样以粗体字的形式引出了对虚无的戏谑,这来自于一位以彩票赖以为生的人的所引用老子的一句话:水的形状没人知道。

The introduction of the bold font in China is still controversial. After several wars (including World War II, the Cold War and the Chinese Civil War), and ensuing political movements; the bold font was widely used in propaganda because of its strong visual impact. To the present day, it is remembered in the context of socialism. In China, the first word of the 12 Core Socialist Values is “富强”(prosperity); the character “富” means “wealthy”. Over a century ago, even neighbouring countries like Japan also used the characters “富”as a slogan of the Meiji Restoration.
 
In the exhibition, a huge incomplete “富” character comes into sight, almost completely occupying the entirety of the wall space. The tilted character “富” is placed on an exposed wooden keel. Yellow lottery balls are scattered on the ground like tiny people, drifting along with the tide of the country’s economic growth. Elsewhere in the show, large propaganda prints are fragmented and shown as Found objects. These point to an increasingly convergent aesthetic – a public aesthetic as a carrier of authority.

Finally, a black and white comics illustrates a sense of emptiness and anxiety; reflecting the political reality. It is inspired by a man I met at a lottery kiosk who told me he bought only lottery tickets to support himself. He said me that the rules of the lottery are like water, “No one knows the shape of water” (a famous quotation that comes from the ancient Chinese philosopher Laozi).

《单色球》,2019,展览现场,西宁当代,西宁/Monochromatic Lottery Balls, 2019, exhibition view, Xining Contemporary, Xining

《富》,2019,EVA板,木,270 x 250厘米 / Wealthy, 2019, EVA foam sheet, wood, 270 x 250 cm

《天蓝色和朱红色》,2019,喷绘,30 x 40厘米/Sky blue and vermilion, 2019, spray paint, 30 x 40 cm

1 kg = 1 qm2》,2019 ,喷绘,丙烯,喷漆,40 X 60 厘米/1 kg = 1 qm2, 2019, advertising inkjet, acrylic, spray paint 40 X 60 cm

《单色球》,2019,展览现场,西宁当代,西宁/Monochromatic Lottery Balls, 2019, exhibition view, Xining Contemporary, Xining

《没人知道水的形状》,2019,纸上彩色铅笔,马克笔,(A4)尺寸/No one knows the shape of water, 2019, colour pencil, marker on paper, (A4)

《单色球》,2019,400个彩票球/Monochromatic Lottery Balls, 2019, 400 Lottery balls