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IUseries:“o,” “I” “III,” “ooooooooo”, Cui Xiuwen, "The Section of Experimental Art at the 23th National Art Exhibition" IU系列:“o”、“I”、“III”、“ooooooooo”,崔岫闻,《第十二届全国美术作品展览 实验艺术展区》

Cui Xiuwen2014.08.18 -- 2014.09.08

Today Art Museum

Today Art Museum

Looking at the series of extremely rational, refined and very industrial work, many audiences might not realize that this female artist has gone through a long and complicated journey of searching for and expressing her ideas. From being sympathetic with women’s lives and experiences, to exploring physical and mental issues of human beings, and to concerning with the relationship between nature and spirits, the whole process parallels with her growth from a passionate young person, to a rational scientist and teacher, and finally to a missionary who endeavors to explore mysteries of universe. Considering art as self-education and methods for self-developments, the artist has gone through various trials and grown up with an emphasis on rationality and reflection.

The work is inspired by the artist’s childhood memories of chasing after the sunset in the early evenings, and later as an adult, she has extensively read about space science. In this series, she has combined her reflections along with the abstractions of Western rationalism, and computer technology of new media. The works discuss the transformation between time and space, and the uncertainty of universe. She uses round balls and straight lines to represent such spatial and temporal concepts. These forms not only move slowly and regularly, but also randomly move up and down, left and right, into light and dark, thick and thin. These nuanced, hard-to-detect movements are so important that they represent the temporal movements, both as linear, regular and irregular, and nonlinear, thus creating an internal universe of Zen.

The artist intentionally slows down the pace of the video, in order to relax the mental pace of the audiences who live in such a fast-paced society. Therefore, some audience, lack of patience to be able to watch to the end, might laugh at its boringness. However, according to the artist’s observations, a few people who stick to the end of the video have cried and felt relieved afterwards. Will you be patient enough for this unique mental and emotional experience at the end of 5min 18sec video?

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  • Title: IUseries:“o,” “I” “III,” “ooooooooo”, Cui Xiuwen, "The Section of Experimental Art at the 23th National Art Exhibition" IU系列:“o”、“I”、“III”、“ooooooooo”,崔岫闻,《第十二届全国美术作品展览 实验艺术展区》
  • Creator: Cui Xiuwen [崔岫闻]
  • Date: 2014.08.18 -- 2014.09.08
  • Provenance: Today Art Museum [今日美术馆]
  • Type: video
  • Creator's Dates: 1970-
  • Creator Nationality: China
  • Creator Gender: female

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