On September 23, 2016, the Second Session of United 6 kicked off in United Art Museum with director of Art Museum of Beijing Fine Art Academy and critic Mr. Wu Hongliang as curator, and Mr. Lu Hong as academic host. The exhibition featured works of six young artists. This is the third exhibition independently planed by the museum to promote outstanding young artists and works, following the “First Session of United 6” held in 2015 and the “Air Opening——Invitation Exhibition of Young Sculptors 2015”.
The “Second Session of United 6” brought together works by six young artists, namely, Ding Hao, Dai Yun, Li Baoxun, Li Xi, Geng Xue and Zhang Fan. Viewed from the works on display, these six young artists were clearly different from artists born in 1950s and 1960s in concepts, media and adoption of artistic expression ways. They had updated artistic features, using more flexible thinking, richer creative materials and more varied artistic language to express their understanding of art.
Ding Hao is obsessed in the complex yet orderly space structure, and is willing to challenge the unpredictable way of existence and to expand the freedom of creation unlimited by physics and logics as far as possible. His works reconstruct a dream space with the real-life reinforced concrete structure and woody poetic imagination, carefully bonding a seemingly very complex structure with battens and hubs. It seems a violation of physical logic, challenging wood’s physical endurance, but all this has been successfully presented in front of the audience. The sculptor Dai Yun’s works originally use “brick” as an artistic language to reproduce the artifacts that have been collected and displayed in the world’s major museums, especially those from other countries. Such solemn and serious “copy” with cheap materials is a simple repetition of the complicated world, and also another way of thinking based on the profound cultural deposits of the ancient city of Xi’an. Li Baoxun’s works are consistent with Dai Yun’s perspective. They both focus on usual things. Dai Yun is concerned about usual things in history, whose practical functions have faded. We carry out aesthetic in-position viewing from our perspectives, which have nothing to do with gains and losses. Li Baouxn repeatedly describe the things that are often neglected around us, actively cutting off the actual function of “objects”, letting them live on the screen and showing the aesthetics, awareness and insight of “objects” beside their functions. In the long river of time, the object is still the mundane thing, yet the artist himself has a new interpretation of the object with the changes of life situation and material awareness.
In Li Xi’s works, she uses the most basic element of “line” to express images of “cloud, fog, water, fire, wind, etc.” She explores combinations of pure lines without specific images on paper or cloth, exploring the expression of a kind of movement and energy which come from the world yet is not controlled by human. This is also a kind of searching for people’s own living state. Everything is naturally revealed.
Geng Xue’s works focus on the greatest expression of human instinctive feelings, such as sadness, loneliness, anger, helplessness, or happiness, excitement, expectation, etc. She intactly integrates her feelings into her works, through which she fully embodies her existence as a human and shows a colorful world of feelings, thus causing the emotional resonance between the viewers and works. For example, in the video installation “Michelangelo’s Love Poem”, she tries not use tools but push the very soft porcelain clay with hands, just like doing a massage. There seems a man wrapped in this pile of clay, and this man appears as she kneads and touches the clay. There is the subtle emotional connection between the artist and the work in it, and it also causes emotional interaction among viewers, the work and the artist.
The painting style of Zhang Fan reveals the new generation artists’ understanding of art and exploration of abstract painting, showing his personal calm temperament. He seeks inspiration in calligraphy and seeks the connection between music and abstract painting in rhythm. He constantly pursues his art, and also keeps himself from falling into the shackles of form.
The “United 6” is a brand new exhibition model held by United Art Museum, and it is dedicated to the promotion of young artists and is planned to be held every year. The standard is to select those who have extraordinary strength, and even have created new artistic standards, yet are not very popular. The specific exhibition approach is to give each artist an independent exhibition space, and publish albums for them separately. The advantage of doing so is that participating young artists will be able to fully show their creative features. In this way, Wuhan United Art Museum hopes to launch a new generation of new art leaders, and then open up new history.