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Manifesto of Neo-Modern Ink Art


Curator: Xia Kejun
Artists: Zhu Yihong; Chen Jiu; Nan Qi; Zhang Hao; Sang Huoyao; Wang Fei; Wang Aijun; Tian Wei; Hao Shiming
Venue: G-Dot Art Space, Eastern Art District, Songzhuang Tongzhou, Beijing China

王非作品  《异域》之二 ( 2018)

王非作品  《异域》之二 ( 2018)

Rewriting modernity through “ink art” amounts to bringing ink into the setting of contemporary art, and making ink art to constantly revolutionize, but it also amounts to re-inkifying contemporary art. This “re-inkifying” is a “silencing” of revolution, a dual transformation. It is a “second revolution,” but this revolution is a “silent” one.

This calls for a threefold “silencing” (finding an inner harmony between ink and silence) of the revolutionary elements it already possesses: “infra-tizing” (restoration of the naturalness of ink), “aura-tizing” (the restoration of the aura of the jade texture of ink), and “resonating” (harmonic resonance between individual life and the overall universe), thus generating a new form of art. Unlike existing revolutionary methods, this is a “silenced” art: the more technical and artificial, the more naturally regenerative; the more graphic, the more absent-minded; the greater the sense of expanding volume, the more reserved. Through this, new tension takes form.

朱一虹作品  妙法莲华•紫气 70×70 纸本水墨 (2018)

朱一虹作品  妙法莲华•紫气 70×70 纸本水墨 (2018)

The living resonance and integration of these three forms of temporary constitute a new “con-temporariness,” a new modernity or contemporaneity. Is the meaning of “contemporaneity” not the expression of the integration of time, contemplation and temple, or “con-temporary”? China’s neo-modern art is a call to a shared celebration of the times! This is a new imagination of meta-language or pure language.

The artworks in this exhibition all come from mature artists who already possess their own independent languages and have all made their own contributions. Their latest works, however, have shown us contributions to a new world language, an originality of pure language. This “neo-modern art” brings people who enter this artistic experience into a new “con-temporary” magnetic field.