Cheating Dysfunction 逃避·必然
Artists cheat dysfunction to escape from all external things that make us lose control of ourselves, so as to achieve a process closer to the true nature of life. Daily life is inevitably suppressed and artistic creation is a way out for artists, a wet dream after “cheating dysfunction.”
This cyclical model leads artists to Nirvana. Just like Freud’s theory of the “self,” people pursue the superego and ego in society, and the process of the artist’s creation is to release the id.
The artists participating in this exhibition are from Australia, Brazil, the United States, and China. Among them, Dani, Daniel, and Zhiwan are all in-service teachers while Daiqing Zhang delayed her master studies abroad due to the epidemic. In the early summer of July, the four artists left the student-centered and academic-centered life and came to the untitled space residence located next to the ancient town on the outskirts of Shanghai to find an escape from the daily dysfunction of life.
Daniel was born in São Paulo, Brazil, moved to the United States with his family at the age of 10. After graduating from college he moved again, this time to China, where he lived and worked for six years. The amalgamation of these cultural shifts composes a hybrid of societal values. Dias questions these contradictions of identity and spirituality where cultural lines blur.
Oil, acrylic, ink and oil pastels on canvas
150 x 150 cm
艺术家自述：“我记得和我的父母讨论过，如果新冠疫情真的像新闻报道所说的那样可怕，我该做何选择。当时我在泰国，不得不考虑在 2020 年 2 月返回南京是否是一个正确的选择。看着我的家乡佛罗里达州病例正在激增，我和父母互相挂记着对方的安全。我通过社交媒体看见乔治·弗洛伊德被谋杀而引发的骚乱和抗议在全球蔓延。而我们之间一直有一堵墙。”
This is a partial close-up of Daniel’s artwork. Some of the characters in the picture were created by the artist on the glass plate and then transferred to the canvas. In the picture, the people on the street may be screaming, crying, or frightened, we don’t know their real thoughts. They want only to vent in the public space as if telling the world that they want to cheat a certain inevitable dysfunction.
“I remember discussing with my parents what options I could take if COVID was as terrifying as the news reports stated. I was in Thailand at the time and had to consider if returning to Nanjing in February 2020 would be the right choice. I also remember watching cases spike in my home state of Florida, now worried for my parents’ safety as they had been worried about mine. I watched the riots and protests incited by the murder of George Floyd spread across the globe through social media. And all of this with a wall between us.”
Dani Green 继续探索抽象绘画的流派，在她在无题空间的驻留期间，她创作了她的第一个大型画布系列作品。她凭直觉进行创作，并拥抱由于放弃对画笔的控制而带来的魔力。她的作品并未事先计划好，但它们都有自己的色彩、可辨认的纹理和线条。
Dani Green continues to explore the genre of Abstract Painting and during her Residency at Untitled Space, she has created her first series of large-scale artworks on canvas. She works intuitively and embraces the magic that comes with surrender and the abandonment of control. Her compositions are unplanned, yet they acknowledge color ， recognize texture, and honor line.
Dani’s Abstract paintings are portals or doorways into a different level of consciousness. Her artist practice anticipates uncertainty within the creative process and she listens and collaborates with her inner voice to guide the artworks. By making the art, she is cheating dysfunction.
湖 The Lake
Acrylic and Wax Pastel on Canvas
200 x 300 cm
Having never been to Zhujiajiao before or knowing very much about the surrounding natural landscape, this painting transformed into a loose representation of the nearby lake ( Dadian lake). Dani’s first large-scale painting was completed quickly, working with a palette knife, mixing different hues and tones directly onto the canvas. Lines are created within the work via the visible edges of applied paint, combined with the unpredictable lines drawn in wax pastel.
Heavy textures are created with the palette knife, imitating movement, contrasting with static smooth areas of the canvas. The interplay between gloss and matt surfaces is a critical component of the artwork giving the landscape contrasting views from multiple viewpoints within the one composition.
Dani uses a combination of both her left and right hands to paint and draw with, to guarantee the composition does not conform to any preconceived notions of what she “thinks” it should look like. This process is like cheating dysfunction ，She trusting the process of surrender, embracing the imperfections within the work.
四通道视频装置4 Channel HD Video Installation
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