We are pleased to announce the opening of “In Between – Chen Haoyang Solo Exhibition” in One Way Art Gallery at 4 pm on December 15, 2018.
Curated by Feng Xi, the exhibition presents conceptual photography, installation and video works that Chen Haoyang newly created in 2018. After the solo exhibition “The Other Half” in 2015, Chen’s perspective has shifted from his individual recognition and doubt to the discussion of the relationship between the mentality and physiology, and the observation of the physiological reaction to human nature in the social context. The new works continue to use the element of fire, which is not only the continuation and extension of the previous language form, but also the expression of his feelings and emotions. The physiology has become the works’ antenna to enter the exhibition and the realistic context.
In the conceptual photography works exhibited here, the virtual relationship formed by the natural background and unnatural pose in the Frontier series is a description of the spiritual boundary, and it also indicates the inability to establish the relationship between the present and the future. The “Greenhouse” series puts burning wood into a deserted room, which refers to the only warmth after the disappearance of memory. The warmth given out by the burning wood heals loneliness, which takes on the mission of escorting the warmth to its destination. Besides, in the other three photographs about characters, Chen quotes from poems of his favorite writers. The relationship between the artist, the poems and society constitutes the wave field of emotions, where the sparks dance in the air, and the burning characters present the anxiety and coldness of reality. The installation “The Growth of Violence” displayed in the small exhibition hall has exposed his personal physical and emotional motivation. We are in such an era when people and things are anxious, and collective consciousness and individual consciousness are becoming increasingly uncontrollable in the hostility and compromise. “Violence” has become the essential reaction of life. It is no longer an impulse, but it is continuously growing and spreading. On this black stage, everyone is the user of “violence”, as well as the victim of “violence”. The new video work “Hidden” takes the time as the axis. In the video, the sea, forest and desert have become the symbols of the passage of time, or the signal of time being stopped. Everything is evolving in the unknown, and some cruel undercurrents are flowing beneath the seemingly unchanging surface.
“To awaken naturally(In Between)” is the ideal state of pure physical and psychological relaxation in human sleep, forgetting about the complexity, temptation, anxiety, loss of control, intoxication, excitement and confusion and everything else in real life. Chen believes in and yearns for the ideal life of being able “to awaken naturally”, and also makes the desire “to awaken naturally” a kind of consciousness and reflection. Apart from its critical nature, reflection is the cognition of time, space, value and emotion based on reality, and also the selfsearch and thinking of an uncertain way of life.
The exhibition will be open until February 24, 2019.
One Way Art, previously named Escape Space, was established in Beijing CBD in 2013. By gathering artists and collectors from home and abroad in art salons, we provide them with opportunities to exchange their ideas. We have also helped individual and enterprise collectors with their collection projects, such as the massive sculpture collection in the Ant Financial corporate campus of Alibaba in Binjiang and Xixi, Hangzhou. In the spring of 2017, we moved to No. 261, Caochangdi Art District in the new name of One Way Art, where we have 700 square meters of exhibition space and 500 square meters of activity space. The new space is divided into various function spaces, but open to any art forms. With different forms and scales of art exhibitions and activities, we will continue, from a multicultural perspective, to observe, discover and promote exploratory artists and art performances, and enhance the diversification of contemporary art.
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