» Archive for 10 August 2009
In Chinese pinyin, Kàn Bù Wán literally means, “You can’t finish looking.” These works by the emerging artist Wang Yifan embody the statement—with five 24-hour videos and 20,000 characters written over eleven canvases, it would take one more than 120 hours to see this exhibition in its entirety. The artist doesn’t hope that anyone will try. Thus he liberates the viewer using impossible length, mundane appearance and self-evident simplicity to imply that seeing with our minds is just as important as seeing with our eyes.
Projected in the stairwell is Quietude, a short homage to everyday memories of waiting while staring at the shadows of leaves on the concrete. Like a sunbeam, visitors’ shadows are intended to mingle with the projection. Subtle movements from the wind are visible to keen-eyed people.
The artist’s conceptual evolution begins with stories on canvas, represented by “blackboard” works like The Story of Ma Li. One single work of eleven canvases, the original story was authored Wang Yifan, and then copied onto canvas by eleven of his friends. Each canvas has a different “artist.”
Wang Yifan films Xie Molin from lee ambrozy on Vimeo.
his upcoming solo exhibition, “Kàn Bù Wán” I captured Wang Yifan as he films an acrylic painting by Xie Molin. The exhibition was lovingly curated by Yours Truly.
This work in production is titled [Insert Name Here] Filmed By Wang Yifan.
From a fixed position, Wang will film the [Insert Name Here] series is a collection of paintings filmed for a period of 24 hours as they hang on the walls of each respective artists’ studio. The resulting video is soundless, the only changes apparent are subtle variations in sunlight.
Kàn Bù Wán
Wang Yifan solo exhibition
Curator: Lee Ambrozy
Opening: Aug 8, 2009, 4:00 pm
2009.8.8 – 2009.9.7 / Aug 8, 2009 – Sep 7, 2009
Star Gallery，D09, 798 Art Zone, No.2 Jiuxianqiao Road，Chaoyang District, Beijing
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