2008.11.22-12.31
Opening Reception:
2008, Nov.22 nd, 15:00pm
Curator: Tony Chang



*-------Literary Experiments-------*

>
The Lunatic Show,A Short Story


>The Fable of the Antlers

>Swordman Poems by Yang Tao

>Piano,Prose by Han Bing


*-------Artists
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Hao Chong Tao,
Han Bing,
Meng Hao,
Yang Tao,
Cheng Yu Qian,
Fu Bin,
Niu Miao,
Liu JiaJia.

This is an experiment
that straddles the boundaries of visual art, fables and fairytale literature.



*-------Exhibition Consists of-------*
1. Visual Artworks:
fabricated adventures,
surrealist streams of consciousness, irrational and mysterious experiences...
fantastical works(Oil on Canvas, Sculptures, Prints) by academic artists;
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 become entangled.


*-------Objective-------*
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
self-dramatization;
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.

*-------Curator's Note-------*
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;
* Decameron-
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 patterns;
* Metamorphosis-
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...