This is an experiment
that straddles the boundaries of visual art, fables and
1. Visual Artworks:
surrealist streams of consciousness, irrational and mysterious
fantastical works(Oil on Canvas, Sculptures, Prints) by
2. Extemporaneous Writing:
the curator has invited the artists to engage in writing
experiments based on the artworks, including a short story
about a lunatic, a fairytale about a young pianist in Oz,
a Zen poem about a swordsman in a Song Dynasty paintings,
and babbling from a horned man playing with a bird...
3. Old Comics and Illustrated Fables:
the artists will provide or purchase them from antique
markets; the audience can read them on the scene, creating
an unrealistic cultural fantasy realm where time and space
Fables and fairytales are
the remains of classical legends; comics accumulate in the
psychological memories of adults, where Hello Kitty,
puppets and cockroaches populate a strange world;
this is the most extreme form of
it reflects the archetypes of the collective unconscious
and popular culture;
Through the storytelling method,
the artists will open up their artworks, so that dust-covered
fables and the daydreams of today will intertwine, opening
the door to the subconscious.
Fables, Fairytales Reflect
the Spiritual Condition of the Era.
* Primitive Legends-
Frazer's anthropological work The Golden Bough
researched the origins of myths: beginning in the Stone
Age, primitive man posited from their dreams the existence
of the spirit as separate from the body and the traces of
an undying soul. That was the birth of primitive religion.
It stretched out the wings of the imagination, separating
consciousness and existence, and established a belief in
"supernatural forces". Thus myths were born.
* 1001 Arabian Nights-
Arabian folk tales which fueled the world's imagination
about the region;
By the 14th century Italian writer Giovanni Boccaccio.
This book of tales went on to inspire European fairytales
and storytelling methods for centuries;
* Anderson's Fairytales-
An early 19th century Danish writer, his works are classical
examples of the old fairytale archetypes;
* Wilde's Fairytales-
In 19th century England, he subverted traditional fairytale
In this 20th century Austrian writer Franz Kafka's
modern fable, a man, alienated, morphs into a cockroach;
* Fairytales/Fables in China-
China has a rich trove of its own vivid fairytales such
as Journey to the West, but China's opening
to the world has made room for such foreign classics as
Pinocchio and new forms such as cartoons.
When China's twisted reality
itself becomes a fragment of a fable...