Nov 15, 2010 - Nov 28, 2010

Chen Wenling

Today Art Museum

The Suspense
Today Art Museum

The spiritual disposition of the artwork - The Suspense – is ‘Suspending’. By showing lives biting each other and being connected by the cord, the suffering of a dangerous and pressing life journey is revealed. The suffering is induced by the desires of living beings, especially the desires of human being, causes the whole event full of interweavement and variables, which can be illuminated through the form of suspending; just like threading a string of essences by a rope out of a chaos and display it to the public, so the questions become distinct. 

Suspending is the description of the status of hanging, and also since such a massive and heavy item is hanging, the hang and the swing cause people to worry and fear. The suspending is not only a matter of state but also a matter of mind. 

Suspending is the description of the status of hanging, and also since such a massive and heavy item is hanging, the hang and the swing cause people to worry and fear. The suspending is not only a matter of state but also a matter of mind. Besides the exhibition in the hall, it pulls out a tremendous social performance art as well – also a suspense - a suspense in real life. 15 years ago, the artist and his girlfriend encountered a brutal robbery in the park, he suffered multiple knife wounds, and his girlfriend whom now is his wife also survived with severe injury too. The police invested full strength to catch these three robbers and after trial, the prime culprit was convicted to death penalty, and one of the accessories was sentenced heavy penalty. However, the other accessory whom was responsible of lookout while the crime fled and disappeared from then on, and still not arrested by now!

In The Suspense, there are three meanings of suspensions:First, the attempted murderer is still on the run, his arrest is suspending,Second, the culprits were executed, sentenced or hiding, the lives and minds of their families are suspended in pain by their crimes,Third, the social issues of poverty, anxiety and conflicts, which are roots of this kind of vicious incidents, are still suspending in our society today, among us.

The Suspense concerns the issue of life and death of nature and human being. Death is the end of these series of activities and it tends to doom. This doom is not a matter of natural life and death but a result of a self-destruction and self-humiliation to life induced by the greedy of life. However, “living” means to hand the hope of life back to one’s hand when it is about to overturn and, by pulling the string of the salvation of itself other livings, the human being gains control of its spirit and life again through struggle and fight. In this case, The Suspense is aiming to break the walls of realistic material desire to accomplish an extraordinary reveal of humanity!

However, “living” means to hand the hope of life back to one’s hand when it is about to overturn and, by pulling the string of the salvation of itself other livings, the human being gains control of its spirit and life again through struggle and fight. In this case, The Suspense is aiming to break the walls of realistic material desire to accomplish an extraordinary reveal of humanity!

The two parts of the work located at the inside and outside of the exhibition hall consider all the incidents, figures and actions as a whole with vaguely potential interaction, therefore to reveal that all human beings always need to look for “a rope of redemption”, and this “key thread” can be only found in human beings’ own hand, it is our duty, and responsibility as well. Through the effort of human being, life is elevated and vita is revived – this is hope. At one time the artist’s life was at his last gasp, and as a victim of the crime, the terrifying and painful experience is still haunting him and his family; for this reason, the second section of this exhibition is to launch a special campaign, to find the forgive the fugitive the running culprit. 

At one time the artist’s life was at his last gasp, and as a victim of the crime, the terrifying and painful experience is still haunting him and his family; for this reason, the second section of this exhibition is to launch a special campaign, to find the forgive the fugitive the running culprit.Appealing to the conversation and involvement of our society, to increase concerns about the forgiveness of crime. At the same time, founding a Suspense Foundation and the artist and organizers will provide the initial funding and seek for public donations. The foundation will be trusteed to Wu Zuoren International Foundation for Art, it will subsidize the village where the culprits came from, help children in this poor village to receive education, and reinforce the sense of humanity and human rights of the locals by providing art and aesthetic lessons. And if necessary, helping the families of the culprits, lift them from poverty, returning good for evil.

The foundation will be trusteed to Wu Zuoren International Foundation for Art, it will subsidize the village where the culprits came from, help children in this poor village to receive education, and reinforce the sense of humanity and human rights of the locals by providing art and aesthetic lessons. And if necessary, helping the families of the culprits, lift them from poverty, returning good for evil.

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