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The Fantasy Factory: New Works by Ye Hongxing

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The Fantasy Factory: New Works by Ye Hongxing

Exhibition Duration: September 7 to October 26, 2014
Participating Artist: Ye Hongxing

"Everybody must have a fantasy." – Andy Warhol

Contemporary China exists in a state of fantasy, and artist Ye Hongxing is no exception. Art+ Shanghai Gallery's exhibition The Fantasy Factory: New Works by Ye Hongxing explores the creative process of fantasy and the fantastic through mixed media works of stickers on canvas. Beijing-based artist Ye Hongxing plays with the world she perceives around her, injecting pop culture and a sense of sardonic humor into her works like a modern-day female Andy Warhol. At once whimsical and witty, her works cannot help but tease: What's real and what's fantasy? Do you ever know for sure?

Ye Hongxing's exhibited works feature stickers – little images of smiling blue bunnies, fluffy cupcakes, and so forth that capture the innocence of childhood and resonate regardless of culture or generation. Ye Hongxing mosaics these bright, playful pieces of pop culture into compositions of contemporary confusion, using stickers as a gateway into the realm of environmental pollution, fading traditional cultures, and the glossy glamorization of a consumer society. The Fantasy Factory is the tedious production of hundreds of stickers on canvases and the bold open-ended statements that beg for discussion among exhibition-goers. Fantasy is ideological flight of fancy, but more fundamentally, it is the re-contextualization of the real in a fantastical mode. Fantasy is not devoid of reality; it is an extension of it. The fantastical is that which commands awe and captivates thought, where menageries of images, thoughts, and discoveries battle harmoniously in rich compositions, and where the mythical melds with problem-riddled reality. There is a sense of playful layering and weaving, blurring boundaries between fact and fiction, sight and illusion, smiles and smirks, to be simultaneously individual and universal.

Part ideal, part statement, and part provocation, Ye Hongxing's Fantasy Factory mixes bits of her Beijing surroundings with a healthy dose of imagination and mindful creativity to be relatable to a wide audience and wonderfully immersive in both conceptual depth and contemporary commentary. Gas masks, kama sutra, models, tigers, stilettos, oh my. Mingling across her canvases, these alluring images of polluted skies and over-the-top fashions are at once real and fantastical, playing off the real yet surreal world of contemporary China. We welcome you into her world, to get lost in The Fantasy Factory.

 

幻工厂:叶红杏新作展

展期: 2014年9月7日至10月26日
参展艺术家叶红杏

“每个人都必须怀有幻想。”——安迪·沃霍尔

当代中国处于一种幻想状态,艺术家叶红杏也不例外。艺术+上海画廊“幻工厂:叶红杏新作展”通过综合材料的布面拼贴,探索了制造梦幻的过程与精彩。叶红杏生活在北京,她每天与感知世界打交道,将流行文化元素和冷幽默注入艺术创作,像是个当代女版“安迪·沃霍尔”。她的作品天马行空、风趣诙谐,让人不禁产生疑问:究竟什么是真实?什么是虚幻?你真的分得清吗?

此次展出的作品以拼贴为主,微笑的蓝兔子,蓬松的杯子蛋糕等小图案,这些都能唤起人们儿时的童真,并产生内心的共鸣,这种怀旧情怀无关国界,无关岁月。叶红杏将流行文化的明快嬉闹的一面嵌入其现代迷津的作品中,她使用贴纸的方式探讨了环境污染、衰退的传统文化精神及物质社会的光怪陆离。“梦幻工厂”是一部画布作品,由数百个贴纸组成,这种大胆的表现手法能够吸引参观者的关注和讨论。幻想是想象的意识之旅,更重要的是,它以梦幻的方式将现实重新情景化。幻想不是脱离现实,而是现实的延伸。幻象能够令人生畏,迷惑心智,在这些丰富多彩的作品中,动物形象、思想活动和探索穿插其中,既相互碰撞,又和谐共存,充满问题的现实画面与神秘意境交相融合。现实与虚拟、视觉与幻觉、真笑与假笑相互交织,难以捉摸,不禁让人感觉置身于广阔的空间。

理想、言论、挑衅,“梦幻工厂”中,叶红杏加入了恰好的想象与精心考量的创造使观众陷入沉思,并在审慎着当代社会的方方面面。毒气面罩、印度圣经、模特、老虎、高跟鞋,这些物品一一浮现在她的画布上,让人瞠目结舌。被污染天空和浮夸的潮流尚品同时吸引着眼球,显得如此真实,但又如梦似幻,充分体现了当代中国真实且超现实的一面。欢迎来到叶红杏的世界,迷失在“梦幻工厂”。

 

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