Sat. 18 August - Sun. 23 September 20182018年8月18日 - 9月23日

Cheng Ran | The Lament: Mountain Ghost程然 | 离骚:山鬼

Cheng Ran程然
程然,“离骚:山鬼”, 2018,单屏幕录像,有声,25分钟(视频截帧) Cheng Ran, The Lament: Mountain Ghost, 2018, single channel video with sound, 25’ (video stills)
上海大田秀则画廊荣幸地呈献中国艺术家程然的个展"离骚:山鬼"。这个展览将展出艺术家与展览同名的最新影像作品,以及多件媒体装置作品:展览整体将会营造出仿佛穿梭时间的艺术体验。

程然现居杭州,多年以来长期从事多媒体艺术创作。以西方大众文化以及文学为题材,程然的一系列录像以及装置作品得到中国国内外的广泛赏识。2016年短期旅居纽约时制作的"狂人日记"系列作品,曾在纽约新美术馆他的个展中展出,呈现了他对异乡的独特视角与观点。

此次他将目光放在春秋战国时期的诗歌《离骚》之中,以屈原的文学作品作为灵感来源,来透视中国当代社会。展览围绕着同名的二十五分钟影像作品展开,首先在大屏幕上出现的是身体涂成白色的一个男人,其缓慢动作令人联想到舞蹈或某些仪式,同时身体上刺青似的纹样引人瞩目。观看者将逐渐地分辨出透过身体投影出来的另外一个景象:一位吉他手在演奏的过程中,其声音也跟录像同轨播放,使整个空间进入一个粗犷又细腻的吉他声共鸣的状态。这件作品中的背景音乐则是程然与上海吉他手汪文伟与电子音乐人高嘉峰一起合作的结果。

《离骚》是中国古代首部浪漫主义诗歌,作品中大量绮丽的幻想、影射现实的比喻,勾勒出浪漫却积极的政治态度与文人精神。在这样文学背景下,以综合媒介的方式重新认识,程然提取其作品中其微妙复杂的情感。作为最新的长篇电影计划的第一部分,"离骚:山鬼"以屈原诗歌中神鬼的意向为线索,通过塑造一个布满神秘图腾的幽灵之舞,不断切换着虚构与现实,而对于飞速发展的城市,理想与困境的对立做出个人化回应。

展览同时呈献了从下向上延伸的雕塑作品《升腾图》,作品由日常灯具以及陶土石膏组成,与影像作品交互对话。在展览入口处的墙上陈列着《御龙图》、《空宏图》这两件装置作品,程然将录像与摄影中的影像和日常物品结合起来,制作成迎接着观看者的前奏。大田秀则画廊希望藉此机会能够呈现程然的新作,让观看者体验跨媒介艺术中复杂层次所体现出来的美感。
Ota Fine Arts Shanghai is delighted to present "The Lament: Mountain Ghost", a solo exhibition by Chinese artist Cheng Ran. The exhibition presents Cheng's latest video work series of the same name and several mixed-media installations, creating an art experience that shuttles across time.

Cheng, who currently resides in Hangzhou, has been creating New Media Art for many years. Drawing upon themes inspired by western popular culture and literature, his series of videos and installations have been well-received within China and abroad. In 2016, Cheng exhibited his ongoing series
  • Diary of a Madman
  • , first created during a short residency in New York at the New Museum, in which he showed his unique perspective of a foreigner away from his home country.

    For his new series and this exhibition, Cheng draws inspiration from "The Lament", a poem written by Qu Yuan during the Warring States period of ancient China, to discern aspects of contemporary Chinese society. The exhibition revolves around a 25 minutes video. Viewers are first greeted with the image of a man whose body is painted in white. One's attention is drawn to the distinct tattooed-like marks on his body while his slow movements remind one of dance or a type of ritual. Gradually, viewers begin to recognize that another video is projected from behind the character's body: it shows a guitarist performing and the fuzzy yet delicate sounds of his guitar resonates through the exhibition hall like a symphony of harmonizing sounds. This background music is a collaborative endeavor by Cheng Ran, Shanghai guitarist Wang Wen Wei and electronic musician Gao Jia Feng.

    "The Lament" is the first romantic poem of ancient China that is inundated with fantasy and metaphors of reality that outline an idyllic yet pro-active political and scholarly attitude. Under such a context, through the use of a variety of mediums, Cheng Ran extracts the subtle yet complex emotions in the poem. This first installment of "The Lament: Mountain Ghost" takes its cue from the ghostly imagery present in Qu Yuan's poem. By constructing a mysterious ritualistic dance that oscillates between fiction and reality, Cheng expresses his attitude towards a rapidly developing city and also the dilemma between ideals and reality.

    Simultaneously, Cheng presents, "Ascending Image", an ascending sculpture made out of ordinary lamps and plaster, and intentionally positioned in dialogue with the film. As a prelude to the film, Cheng also presents "Riding a Dragon Image" and "Empty Spectacular Image" where he has combined video, images and daily objects.

    Ota Fine Arts Shanghai hopes that by presenting Cheng Ran's new series that viewers may experience the multi-layered and complex beauty found in art that defy strict conventional modes of mediums.

    展览详情Exhibition Information

    展览名称 : 程然 | 离骚:山鬼

    展期 : 2018年8月18日 - 9月23日
    开幕酒会 : 2018年8月18日 下午4 - 7时,星期六

    地址 : 上海大田秀则画廊
    Title : Cheng Ran | The Lament: Mountain Ghost

    Exhibition Period : Sat. 18th August - Sun. 23rd September 2018
    Opening Reception : Sat. 18th August 2018, 4 - 7 pm

    Venue : OTA FINE ARTS Shanghai