Continue to Write A Story In The Exhibition Hall1

Continue to Write A Story In The Exhibition Hall2

As A Kind of Internal Reference? & Continue to Write A Story In The Exhibition Hall1

As A Kind of Internal Reference? & Continue to Write A Story In The Exhibition Hall2

As A Kind of Internal Reference? & Continue to Write A Story In The Exhibition Hall3

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As A Kind of Internal Reference? 

Feb.2014, Installation, Live performance, Acrylic Stained Glass, Bench, Variable Size

Continue to Write A Story In The Exhibition Hall

May.2014, Live Performance & Video Installation, Monitor, Bench, Projection, Microphone, Loudspeaker Box, Variable Size

“Li Ran’s most recent project consists of a commission for the exhibition entitled The Parliament of Things: an Exhibition that Loses Itself, curated by Xiaoyu Weng as part of the CAFAM Biennial, Beijing, China (2014).

For this exhibition, Li Ran take as a point of departure a senior artist’s personal story of his first travel to Europe. There he encountered for the first time modern art in a museum and, surprised and intrigued, felt compelled to come back and observe the exhibited artworks whenever he had time. These repeated visits were the artist’s attempt to make sense of what he was seeing:

“The first years I was in Europe, I couldn’t understand the artworks in the modern art museum. I couldn’t even speak a word of English, but, whenever I had time during these three years, I sat there and gazed at the works. Suddenly I understood everything, I believe it was the enlightenment.”

(*The Oral Story was Artist Li Ran who heard from Curator Carlo Yinghua Lu and Artist Liu Ding)

For the CAFAM Biennial, Li Ran creates an installation that juxtaposes 10 artworks borrowed from CAFA Art Museum’s collection and colored and transparent panels (see sketches below). In addition to this installation, Li Ran will do a performance during which he will play the role of the older artist when he first came to Europe and discovered modern art works in a museum. ”

Text summarized by Marie Martraire

 

作为一种内部参考?

2014年2月,装置,绘画,现场表演,油画、彩色亚克力有机玻璃,展览长凳,尺寸可变

续写一则展厅中的故事(录像截图)

2014年,现场表演,录像装置,监视器,长凳,谱架,麦克风,音箱,18分45秒,尺寸可变

这是由两个独立项目所构成的一件作品,已一前一后分别经历了两种不同类型、地域、策展人或策展团队等外在因素,先前的部分在中央美术学院所组织的“CAFA”双年展中呈现,这部分的名称叫做“作为一种内部参考?”,在这部分的呈现中,我引用了策展人卢迎华与艺术家刘鼎向我口述的一段他们听说的故事,故事是关于中央美术学院院长潘公凯诉说早年出国留学的一段经历,我将这一小段故事整理成文字,其描述如下:“刚去欧洲的那几年,我看不懂那些现代美术馆里的作品,我一句英语也不会,但是我花三年的时间,只要一有空我就坐那里凝视着这些作品,忽然有一天我全明白了,我觉得我悟道了! ”。以这则我听说来的故事为基础,我在展厅中设计了一个由不同大小的彩色亚克力玻璃环绕的闭合空间,在这个空间中,我悬挂了数件在中央美术学院馆藏部借出的绘画作品(我并不了解这些作品的作者,甚至没有听说过这些名字),由于彩色亚克力对其虚掩的遮挡,观众只能隐约看到其中的绘画边角局部或者虚化的画面,而我在展览开展时装扮成这位留学的艺术家,我将自己幻想成为这位艺术家,若有所思的走进这个半封闭的自制彩色亚克力观看着这些馆藏的作品,我在这个半封闭的表演期间想象并续写了这段听来的故事,并且使用随身携带的胶片照相机拍射下了这个展厅的局部画面,在这些局部画面中,没有涉及这些悬挂绘画,只能看到不同色块构成的局部缩影。

而我所续写的故事以及这些关于“展厅”局部的照片成为了这件作品的第二步,这个环节叫做“续写一则展厅中的故事”。加州艺术学院的学生策展人玛丽亚邀请我在旧金山的CCA当代艺术中的群展中(此展览的题目为“多个场合的同一时刻)完成最后的呈现部分,这个部分里我将之前续写的故事,转译成英文,在展览中以现场表演的方式朗读出来,在表演中,背景墙面上循环播放着前一个环节中所拍得的照片。

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