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The Loudest is Silent: Picturing Feng Mengbo 《大音無響:馮夢波圖譜 》

Exhibition details

Opening / Event Date:
8 May, 2015
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Closing / End Date:
2 June, 2015
Event Category:
藝術家出席酒會 2015年5月8日(週五)下午6到8時     
Artist’s Reception Friday, 8 May 2015, 6 to 8pm
 
藝術家原創電子音樂會 2015年5月8日(週五)下午7時
Mini-concert of electronica music performed by Feng Mengbo Friday, 8 May 2015, 7pm
 
 
展期                                     2015年5月8日至6月2日
Exhibition Period 8 May – 2 June 2015

 

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漢雅軒香港 中環 畢打街十二號 畢打行四零一室Hanart TZ Gallery  

401 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong

 

Hanart TZ Gallery proudly presents a solo exhibition of new works by Feng Mengbo, revealing an exciting new dimension to this celebrated multi-media artist.

Known for his interactive videogame installations and politically-laced Pop language, Feng has over the past two years been working on a new series of wildly inventive, mixed-media paintings created in an inimitable Post-Pop style. In these paintings Feng creates colourful, humourous and sometimes darkly disturbing pastiches whose imagery is drawn from the richness of mass media language, including political posters, cartoons, popular films and video gaming. Traditional artworks are not exempt, as Feng lifts motifs from artists such as Xu Beihong , Qi Baishi and Li Kushan, whose works have been absorbed into mass media language through kitsch appropriations. Painting on a multitude of surfaces–everything from the more traditional xuan paper and canvas, to old-fashioned lenticular prints sourced at Beijing junk shops and plastic drum skins, Feng creates fascinating juxtapositions of invented and appropriated imagery, where familiar “heroic” characters such as Chun Li from Super Nintendo’s “Street Fighter” arcade game and martial arts star Bruce Lee appear in tandem with a Xu Beihong horse or a tacky lenticular landscape scene. Through these sometimes-outrageous compositions Feng is engaging in a revision of the Chinese cultural world, and more particularly of the era that has formed the foundation of the visual imagination of artists of Feng’s generation. By choosing a figure such as Chun Li for his heroine, he is also periodizing history, as she belongs very much to the days of his youth and his childhood memories, both social and familial, and circumscribed in part by impressions of the Cultural Revolution.

The more than 70 new paintings by Feng will be displayed in a salon-style installation at the gallery, and will be accompanied by a “gaming centre” created from four of Feng’s interactive videogame consoles in which the audience can play his Long March: Restart videogame. A monumental two-channel version of Feng’s Long March: Restart has just been shown in the major group exhibition “Scenes from a New Heritage” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

An enthusiastic musician in the techno and electronica styles as well as an artist, Feng Mengbo will perform in a live mini-concert at the opening reception on 8 May.

 

馮夢波個展《大音無響:馮夢波圖譜》訂於2015年5月8日(週五)晚上6時在畢打行漢雅軒開幕。馮夢波開幕當晚在畫廊演奏原創電子音樂會慶祝 。

馮夢波一直以政治波普及動電作為創作題材。本展覽首次公開馮夢波過去兩年的最新“後波普”繪畫。這批新穎刺激的作品除了油畫與水墨,還大量使用鼓皮、立體光柵照片等綜合材料,打破波普與通俗媒介的界線。這些“後波普”繪畫五顏六色、詼諧幽默、充滿「惡」趣味。馮夢波從通俗媒介中提取豐富的語彙,政治宣傳海報、流行電影、卡通動漫及電玩遊戲都被他利用起來。然而今天,傳統藝術元素像徐悲鴻的馬、齊白石的蝦及李苦蟬的鷹也不知不覺地被挪移到通俗媒介的境地之中。這些現象都是馮夢波的創作靈感。

馮夢波把想像的及借用的圖像重組並置,極具意味。大眾熟悉的人物,如電玩角色 《街頭霸王》中的春麗,以及功夫明星李小龍居然與徐悲鴻的壯馬同時出現在庸俗的光柵立體風景照上。馮夢波以這些玩世不恭的戲謔畫面,重新審視他年輕時那個對視覺充滿幻想的年代。巾幗英雄春麗標誌著他的成長及青春年代的回憶。這些回憶既是社會的也是個人的,籠罩著對文革的朦朧印象。

本展覽將會以「沙龍」形式展示超過70幅全新繪畫。畫廊更會同時變身為一個電玩遊戲廳(機鋪),展出四臺馮夢波的互動電玩裝置(街機),讓觀眾可以挑戰由他編寫的電玩遊戲《長征:重啓》。目前紐約現代美術館(MoMA, New York)正在舉辦Scenes from a New Heritage 群展,包括馮夢波《長征:重啓》電子遊戲的巨型隧道裝置版本。

馮夢波熱愛電子音樂,是一位非常出色的樂手。5月8日的音樂會絕對不容錯過。

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