Cloudy Depths：Four Artists and Their Take On Neo－Moroism
2017.3.4 (sat) - 4.15 (sat)
Duration: 4 March, 2017 - 15 April, 2017
Independent curator / WEI Xiangqi
Opening reception: 11 March, 15:00 - 17:00
On 4 March 2017, TOKYOGALLERY +BTAP will raise the curtain on the exhibit“Cloudy Depths: “Four Artists and Their Take On Neo－Moroism”, curated by Wei Xiangqi, which is the first exhibit TOKYOGALLERY +BTAP will hold in this year, four artists will participate and there are about 10 artworks will be shown. The artists included in this “ Cloudy Depths” exhibit are TAI Xiangzhou/ WANG Shuye/ YE Jianqing and Zhu Jianzhong. All of their artworks are created based on the phrase “Neo Moroism”. “Neo Moroism” proposes the back pursuing in nature and theology. What’s more is the pursuing of the individual- centered spirit establishment of the artists. To observe things from the inner mind instead of losing in conjectures of others “Neo-Mōrōism” proposes a return to nature and spirituality. In fact, it pursues the construction of the artist’s very own subjective spirit, and reflects upon the genuine use of his own inner mind in his observance of objects, instead of losing oneself in the imagination of others.
Jia Dao’s work entitled The Hermit Goes Unrecognized presupposes the peculiar cultural experience of scholars who journey to cloister themselves in the mountains. Pushing open the door of the exhibition space, one is greeted by a meteorite created by artist Tai Xiangzhou, which serves as a rudimental entry into Chinese traditional landscape architecture. Further on, we find Ye Jianqing’s water reflection of [the Japanese city of] Nara, showing an inverted image of an ancient pagoda, from which we can infer that we’re already standing within courtyard walls. What’s presented to the spectator, is the existence of “this mountain here”. Leaning on the balcony railing, one gazes further to find Zhu Jianzhong’s pine trees shrouded in mist, hinting at a mystical realm of “mountains in the distance”. Exiting the space, we’re treated to Wang Shuye’s metropolitan nightscape, which seems to evoke a return from some wondrous realm into a real space. Wang Shuye speaks of a “non-differentiating gaze”, i.e. the constant sensing of one’s own existence after the wits have quieted down. Encounters of human spirits are subtle apperceptions that occur in the spatial realm formed in the recesses of clouds, but all the more so in the recesses of one’s own mind.
This exhibit will last from 4 March 2017 to 15 April 2017. The opening will be held on 11 March at 15:00. We wholeheartedly look forward to your presence!