Concept, Form and Daily Life:
New Start—The 3rd Shenzhen Biennale of Contemporary Art
2019.11.15 - 12.3
Curator: Yang Yong
Venue: UNESCO Gallery, Sea World Culture and Arts Centre
Sponsor: Shenzhen Federation of Literary and Art Circles
Organizers: Shenzhen Artists Association / Shenzhen Artists Association Art Planning
Support: Nanshan District Publicity Department of Shenzhen Municipal Committee of the CPC / Nanshan District Culture, Radio, Television, Tourism and Sports Bureau / Design Society
Artists: Chen Tong, Chen Xiangbing, Chen Xiangbo, Deng Jianjin, Dong Xiaoming, Feng Xiaorui, Hao Qiang, Hu Jieming, Hu Yanzi, Huang Heshan, Huang Yongyao, Jiang Guoyuan, Li Bangyao, Li Hongbo, Li Zhuangzhi, Liang Yu, Liang Yue, Lin Aojie, Mao Xuhui, Mao Yan, Meng Luding, New Pants, Shen Yuan, Song Yonghong, Tao Hui, Tong Wenmin, Wang Jinsong, Wang Shaoqiang, Wang Youshen, Wen Zhenfei, Wu Wei, Yang Liming, Yang Shu, Yang Xiaoyang, Yu Xuan, Zhang Chuang, Zheng Wei, Zhou Tao, Zhong Xi
回溯当代艺术自身最重要的两个 概念 : “ 观念 ” 和 “ 形式 ”， 无意囿于形而上的哲学认知领域，不是为了发动另一场观念变革，也不在于回归形式审美秩序，而是在当代艺术融入日常实践的不争事实过程中，探讨艺术实践在当代语境下的演变。
The re-exploration of the two most important concepts of art - “concept” and “form”– is not limited to the metaphysical philosophical field of cognition, not to launch another conceptual revolution, nor to return to some aesthetic order of form, but to probe into the evolution of artistic practice in a contemporary context as contemporary art is being integrated, indisputably, into everyday practice.
Driven by the duo of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and a demonstration pilot zone, Shenzhen is collaborating today with the regions around in developing an urban agglomeration for the Bay Area. Along with the booming of AI technologies, new materials are also emerging one after another. And various hot topics are also becoming part of the everyday in the field of contemporary art and influencing how art expresses itself in form and concept. At the turn of art towards daily life, the changes of its concepts and forms are closely related to the background of the times, social changes and cultural trends. Relevant in-depth experiments are being carried out on the concepts and forms in art to explore individual survival practice and subjective emotions, intervene in society by entering the public domain, and to integrate the methodologies of other disciplines such as sociology, anthropology and computer science. Like samples from different historical stages, artworks made by different artists and from different time reflect different realities of life and cultural concerns.
The turn towards daily life is bringing contemporary art closer to the public in form, but it’s still rather difficult to be accepted conceptually; on the one hand, art is entering the public space, but, on the other, it would lose its ability to comment or criticize while also becoming part of commerce and entertainment. Over the past 40 years or so of accelerating development and various changes, different parallel practices have been done to drive contemporary art in China towards daily life in form and concept. By reviewing the concepts and forms in contemporary art and presenting such practices by means of sampling, this exhibition reflects upon the distance between Chinese contemporary art and the audience, and reconstructs new aesthetics in the renewal of concepts, all of which may allow the significance of contemporary art in everyday practice to come anew into the public sight.