展覽名稱 | 這個世界會好嗎？－向京在台北
Exhibition | Will things ever get better?- Xiang Jing @ MocaTp, 2013
展覽時間 Date | 2013/07/06-09/01
展覽地點 Venue | 台北當代藝術館 MOCA Taiepi
門票 Admission | 新台幣50元，NTD 50
Will things ever get better?—Xiang Jing @ MocaTp, 2013 is the first Chinese female artist’s solo exhibition ever held in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei. The exhibition includes 24 pieces of Xiang Jing’s artworks created in the 21st century. Through these three series in the exhibition, Xiang Jing throws out this grand question “Will things ever get better?” to the world with her penetrating vision that examines the world’s vanity and absurdity. Judging good from bad appears to be deceitfully objective while it could also be subjective, tantamount to the self-consoling human nature. As an artist, with her artworks, she seems to challenge the worldly order with her question, and inspires the audience to be active in their own reading of art. Each single answer might just reveal or respond to the audience’s personal situation in life. Perhaps the god of emptiness is always wearing a mask and there might be no correct or best answer to the question.
向京在台北當代藝術館的個展，含括了她最受談論和喜愛的【全裸】、【凡人】與【異境】三大系列代表作品。這些作品具體反應了她個人的成長經驗和心境變化。 較早的【全裸】系列，旨在觀照存活於大都市中的今日女性，向京以獨特細膩的觀點切入這些小個體，從她們平凡的生命中轉化出眾多大膽、直指人心的藝術雕像， 進而啟動了群體和世界關係的探索。2009年遷回北京後的創作發展，放棄了二元對立性的簡化處理，而偏好透過結構性與暗喻的方式，賦予作品一種折射性的語境和想像空間。其中的【凡人】系列，針對人們視而不見卻將之合理化的痛點，進行反思，暗喻人在社會系統、權力結構中的關係位置。【異境】系列則有意藉由動 物無邪而隱憂的形象，召喚人性中的自然和純真成份，並對人類生存與發展的課題提出悠長的詰問。
The solo exhibition at MOCA, Taipei includes her celebrated series of “Naked Beyond Skin,” “Ordinary People,” and “Otherworld,” which all reflect her experience growing up and her psychic journey. “Naked Beyond Skin” is one of her early series. It focuses on women living in big cities today. She looked into their lives with her unique, insightful perspective, and created many bold and soul-touching sculptures, which explored the relationship between this particular group and the world. After moving back to Beijing in 2009, she turned from creating binary opposition in her works to be more structural and metaphoric in her art. It granted her works with a reflective context and space for imagination. “Ordinary People” directs the audience’s attention to the neglected things, contemplates on them, and becomes a metaphor for people’s positions in the social system and within the power structure. “Otherworld,” with the animals’ innocent but sorrowful looks, summons the nature and purity of humanity, and puts forth questions about human survival and development.
Xiang Jing’s artworks are based on her distinctive philosophy and her freewill She searches repeatedly the pure nature within humanity, and constructs her writing of the body with her unique female perspective. Her works explore and represent the truth of individual existence and the meaning of life within a community when faced with the change of an era and environment. Known as one of the most representative sculptors in Chinese contemporary art, she overturns the traditional idea of sculptures through employing light fiber glass and various layers of paints. The brushes of paint bring warmth and emotion to her works, and transform the sculptures that should have been appreciated from different angles into a figural platform of silent communication between people. In this exhibition, from the question, “Will things ever get better?” to the artworks, the atmosphere of the space and the interpretive context become multi-layered and are interwoven between the artworks and the audience.
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