When We Become Us/忘物志

Opening: 5pm – 8pm, 15th October, 2016
Duration: 15th October – 27th November 2016
Capsule: 1st Floor, Building 16, Anfu Lu 275 Nong, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China

Capsule, a new gallery in the heart of Shanghai’s Former French Concession, is pleased to announce its inaugural exhibition When We Become Us, on view from October 15th to November 27h. The exhibition features eight international artists working across several mediums. Each artist and their respective works have been selected for the poetic nature in which they, at times share an affinity in intent and expression, while in other instances are clearly diametrically divergent. The artists include Alice Wang, Feng Chen, Yingmei Duan, Katarzyna Kozyra, Sarah Faux, Doron Langberg, Hai-Hsin Huang, and Pixy Liao.

Collectively, the works invite us to investigate the question of how we, as viewers, approach art and what kind of catalysts are used to shape a sense of Self in relation to the Other. Consider what happens when the nature of our relationship to the work changes from a subjective to an objective reaction – is this the instant when We become Us with the artwork itself? Can this shift from subjectivity to objectivity turn our experience into something more meaningful?

LA-based artist Alice Wang (b. 1983, Xi’an, China) employs technology to explore shifts of perception in time and space. Wang’s work invites us, through our own observation, to stretch and reframe the boundaries of these elements. In the video Untitled, 2014 the physical exertion that an inversion yoga pose requires, highlights the laws of physics that govern the universe in such a way as to challenge our understanding of buoyancy and gravity. The installation Untitled, 2014, combines advanced science and photography with the mid 19th Century daguerreotype technique to capture images of electrified gas (Plasma) which are printed onto small polished aluminum plates. The resulting images are mesmerizing primordial-like forms, seemingly floating on a metal surface.

Feng Chen’s (b. 1986, Wuhan, China) work spans the disciplines of art, engineering and science, intertwined with traditional Eastern aesthetics. Feng’s earlier works employed video and video installation to “question the manipulative power of media”. While later works, influenced by his residency at Amsterdam’s Rijksakademie (2014-2015), express a deeper exploration and focus on the process of image making, to the extent that the process of making the video becomes a narrative and the artwork itself. S-1, 2016 and S-2, 2016 experiment with thermal ink, as images slowly materialize out of “nothingness”, only to disappear and reappear. His current series, 7 Real Magic Books, 2016, employs carbon fiber as a sculptural expression of images taken from ancient texts and artifacts such as The Tao and The Greek Papyri. Here, Feng uses

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contemporary technology in the characteristically light, but tensile carbon fiber to introduce a discussion about an ancient type of technology and magic, both of which are heavily charged subjects.

While questioning our role in time and space, the discourse often shifts to embrace topics related to gender, identity and everyday behavior.

Yingmei Duan (b. 1969, Daqing, China) began her career as a painter, eventually becoming a key figure of the Chinese avant-garde community in the Beijing’s East Village. After moving to Germany in 2000, Duan turned her focus on performance art, studying under teachers such as Marina Abramovic. Duan’s art embodies her personality and often has a profound effect on her audience. A video presentation of a selection of Duan’s earlier works introduces a number of her highly confrontational performances, exposing viewers to emotions such as fear and desire (Sleepwalker, 2002 and Friend, 2003).

In 2013 the Huffington Post named Polish sculptor, photographer, performance artist and filmmaker Katarzyna Kozyra (b. 1963, Warsaw, Poland) as one of the ten most important female artists of the new millennium. Kozyra’s fascination with dance is often used as a platform to discuss the most fundamental issues of human existence, such as identity and transience, life and death, sex and religion. The video Faces, 2005-2006 features close-ups of dancers’ facial expressions during a performance, revealing their intense concentration, tension, and exertion, shedding light onto the grander narrative of dance that is virtually invisible to the viewer.

NY-based American painter Sarah Faux (b. 1986, Boston) depicts bodies in varying fragmented states to recreate out-of-body experiences that investigate relationships between people, body parts and physical sensations. Using a process that entails bleaching, dying and spray-painting, the resulting forms often take the shape of a tantric kaleidoscope, where “fingers, legs, nipples and hair push to foreground, never remaining at a safe distance”. Faux’s work embodies both figuration and abstraction apprehending the viewer, as in Shallow Waters, 2014 or Kindling, 2016 where we cannot help but try to analyze the work, like a sexier version of a Rorschach’s blot test.

NY-based Israeli artist Doron Langberg (b. 1985, Yokneam Moshava) defines his work as a “response to the subtle but pervasive dehumanization of queerness”, sharing his intent to “assert the validity and necessity of queerness in the greater narrative of human sexuality and identity”. The works on show depart from observational drawings (Bent #2, 2012) to depict personal interactions with both people and his immediate environment. Often charged with a raw sexual energy, Langberg’s work invites the viewer to share an intimate moment that simultaneously exposes conflicting feelings, such as erotic desire, vulnerability, awkwardness and tenderness (Sleep, 2014).

NY-based Taiwanese artist Hai-Hsin Huang (b. 1984, Taipei) uses painting and drawing to unearth what lurks beneath the surface of life's banalities (Barber Shop # 3, 2015). Huang’s voice is one of social commentary, focusing on cross-cultural and socio-political themes that are evident, if we pay attention, in interactions between people, with our environment and with institutions of sorts. Set in the establishment of The Museum, Huang's latest series reveals the comical side of the art world and the maniacal behavior of Museum patrons (The MET # 3, 2015).

NY-based artist, musician and actress Pixy Liao’s (b. 1979, Shanghai) social commentary takes the form of video and the use of ready-made objects to express her prickly attitude towards standardized roles in heterosexual relationships. Her sculptures Soft Heeled Shoes, 2013 and Breast Spray, 2015, with their respective accompanying videos, delve into the topics of fetish objects and gender roles. Sometimes, playfully witty, often boldly ironic, Liao’s images push the viewer to rethink the status quo, be it power symbols, our perception of social norms or the function of breasts.

About the Gallery

Capsule, the newest addition to Shanghai’s burgeoning contemporary art scene, opens its doors in October 2016. Located in the historic Former French Concession, the gallery is set in a stunning 1930’s garden house, away from the hustle and bustle, a haven in which to experience and enjoy art.

Committed to exhibiting the best of international and China’s contemporary art, by both established and emerging artists, Capsule proposes a less conventional gallery formula, acting as both gallery and art laboratory. Special focus is dedicated to artists who through their personal and professional trans-regional migrations are reshaping the borders of the current global art map. More than a place to show art, Capsule is also a lab, an experimental space geared to the unique rhythm and fast-changing dynamic of contemporary art in China. Here, creativity is ignited, as visitors are inspired to learn, to engage and to broaden their knowledge and appreciation of contemporary art.

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开幕:2016年10月15日,下午5—8点 展期:2016年10月15日—11月27日 胶囊画廊:上海市徐汇区安福路 275 弄 16 号楼 1 层

胶囊上海,一个落成于上海法租界的中心地带的新兴空间,将在 10 月 15 日至 11 月 27 日期间向公众开放 首展《忘物志》。展览将呈现 8 位来自不同国家的艺术家的创作,参展作品涉及多种媒介。诗意化的内在 共鸣贯穿整个展览,把艺术家及其作品联结到一起,尽管从创作意图和表达方式看,有的互相呼应,有的 则截然不同。参展艺术家包括 Alice Wang、冯晨、段英梅、Katarzyna Kozyra、Sarah Faux、Doron Langberg、⻩海欣以及廖逸君。

此次展览通过作品邀请我们,以一个观者的视角,思考应该以什么方式接触艺术,又是什么促使了“自我” 意识在与“他者”的遭遇中生成。当我们和艺术作品建立联系的时候,试想把自身由主体代入到被观看的 客体,这个过程会引发什么?是否恰是通情应物,物我交融,忘物于彼的那一个瞬间?而这一由主体性到 客体性的视角转换,又会否把我们的观感体验提升到另外一个层次?

生活在洛杉矶的艺术家 Alice Wang(1983 年出生于中国⻄安)运用科学技术原理来探讨在时间和空间中 知觉的转换。Alice Wang 的作品引导我们通过亲身的观察,延展和重塑时空中不同元素的边界。录像作 品《无题》,2014 纪录了一组倒转的瑜伽动作中的体能消耗,在此过程中支配宇宙的物理法则渐渐突显, 挑战着我们对浮力与重力的认知。装置作品《无题》,2014 是前沿科技和起源于 19 世纪中期的银版摄影 的结合,作品捕捉了电离气体(即等离子体 Plasma)的形态,并转印至小尺寸的抛光铝板上。经处理的图 像保留了气体离子迷幻的原生形态,仿佛悬浮在金属板的表面上。

冯晨(1986年出生于中国武汉)的创作打破了传统的艺术分类,他通过机械工程和自然科学传达东方古典 美学。冯晨早期曾用录像及录像装置作品“质疑媒体的操控力”。在阿姆斯特丹的荷兰皇家视觉艺术学院 (Amsterdam’s Rijksakademie,2014-2015)驻留后,艺术家受到启发并于近期对图像的制作过程 有了更深层的探索和关注,他进一步把录像制作的过程延伸成为一段叙事,亦即作品本身。《S-1》, 2016和《S-2》,2016是对热感应墨水的实验,作品中的图像从“空无”的状态缓缓成形,接着消失,而 后重现。他的最新创作系列《7本真实存在的魔法书》,2016运用碳纤维生动地塑造了在古典书籍和手工 制品中出现的形象,比如《道德经》和《希腊纸草》(The Greek Papyri)。 在这些创作中,冯晨把当 代技术和具有轻巧、可拉伸等特质的碳纤维材料结合,探讨了关于远古科技和魔法的主题,寓意深远。

当我们开始对自身处在时空中的角色提出疑问的时候,讨论往往会引伸至性别、身份认同以及日常行为等 相关的话题。

段英梅(1969年出生于中国大庆)在其职业生涯早期曾是一名画家,后来她成为了中国先锋艺术群落北京 东村的一名核心人物。在2000年移居至德国后,段英梅把其创作重心放在了行为艺术上,跟随诸位导师包 括Marina Abramovic等进行学习。段英梅的作品带有其个性的烙印,并常常会对她的观众有着切身的深 远影响。此次展览选择展出了段英梅早期的一些十分具有争议性的行为艺术现场录影,为观者重现了其作 品带来的恐惧与欲望等种种情感冲动(《梦游者》,2002及《朋友》,2003)。

2013 年赫芬顿邮报(Huffington Post)把波兰雕塑家、摄影师、行为艺术家及电影制作人 Katarzyna Kozyra(1963 年出生于波兰华沙)评选为新千禧年十大重要女性艺术家之一。Katarzyna Kozyra 对舞蹈 的关注常常成为其创作的起源,艺术家籍此探讨人类存在所面临的最根本的问题,比如身份认可与无常变化、生命与死亡、性与信仰。录像作《脸》,2005-2006 呈现了舞者在表演时的脸部特写,反映了他们 高强度的专注、张力以及发挥,作品通过揭露舞者鲜为人知的一面把观者领入一个更为宏观的叙事脉络。

生活在美国的画家 Sarah Faux(1986 年生于波士顿)的作品描绘了身体的各种碎片状态,营造一种从肉 身出离的体验,并以此探讨人、肢体以及生理感受间的关系。艺术家的绘画过程经漂白、渲染和喷涂等步 骤,创作出了带有密宗意味的万花筒图形,我们可以看到“手指,腿,乳头和须发被推至画面中显著的位 置,从不与观者保持安全距离”。Sarah Faux 的作品是具象和抽象的结合,引人入胜,比如作品《浅水》, 2014 或者《点燃》,2016,这些绘画总有一种让人忍不住去解析的吸引力,可以说是一个情色版本的罗夏 墨迹测试(Rorschachs blot test)。

生活在纽约的以色列艺术家 Doron Langberg(1985 年出生于以色列 Yokneam Moshava)把其作品描 述为“对不易察觉却无处不⻅的剥除酷儿人性的势力的回应”,表达了他希望“通过创作来捍卫酷儿在人 类性征和身份的宏观叙事中的合法性和必要性”的诉求。此次展出的写生作品(《弯#2》,2012)描绘了 作者和他人以及周遭环境的亲密互动。Doron Langberg 的作品画面中往往充斥着生涩且源源不断的性能 量,牵引着观者进入一个暧昧而又冲突的时刻,饱含情欲、脆弱、尴尬和温柔(《睡眼》,2014)。

生活在纽约的台湾艺术家⻩海欣(1984 年出生于台北)通过绘画发掘潜伏在平庸生活表层下的另一面 (《理发厅#3》,2015)。⻩海欣的艺术表述是对社会生活的注释,她关注跨文化以及社会政治议题,如 果我们留心观察,不难发现这些话题其实都离不开我们身边的人、生活环境以及各个层面的组织机构。⻩ 海欣近期创作系列以美术馆为主线,揭开了艺术圈滑稽的一面,同时也描绘了美术馆赞助人的神经质行为 (《大都会#3》,2015)。

生活在纽约的艺术家、音乐人和演员廖逸君(1979 年出生于上海)的社会诉求则反映在她的录像和现成物 品装置作品上,传达了她对异性关系中刻板角色设定的尖锐态度。雕塑《软跟鞋》,2013 和《喷奶瓶》, 2015,以及两部相关的录像深入探讨了关于恋物情结和性别角色的话题。廖逸君的创作偶尔是诙谐有趣的, 但其主线往往是大胆而具有讽刺意味的,这样的画面会迫使观者重新审视现状,去思考性别权力象征以及 我们对社会准则,或者说,对乳房功能的认识。


胶囊——上海欣欣向荣的艺术图景中的最新版块,在 2016 年 10 月开启大⻔。画廊位于历史悠久的法租界, 落户在一座始于 1930 年代的花园楼房,隐匿于都市的繁华与喧嚣,是一处可以真切体验和感受艺术的净 土。

胶囊上海致力于推干国内外顶尖的当代艺术,同时和处于不同发展阶段的艺术家合作,空间以一种非传统 的形式,展现了画廊与艺术实验室并存的状态。胶囊关注具有跨区域性和迁徙特质的艺术家,其性质既体 现在个人身份层面,也反映在学术领域方面,这样的艺术家正重塑着当下全球艺术版图的边界。胶囊不仅 是呈现艺术的场所,它还是一个充满可能性的空间,切合了中国当代艺术独特运转的节奏和迅速变化的韵 律。在这里,灵感被点燃,观众受到启发去了解、参与,从而拓展了他们自身对当代艺术的认识和领会。


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