Going Outside: Kunlin He and Yi Xin Tong

Going Outside at NanHai Art: The Solitary Landscapes of He Kunlin and Tong Yi Xin

October 2, 2018 - Christopher Frank Blackmore - Art Practical

Going Outside is at its most compelling when the Chinese philosophical and aesthetic concepts are discreetly embedded within contemporary images and technologies, challenging expectations of witnessing cultural otherness and intimating instead the possibility of a more dynamic realization of digital technology’s putative claims to cultural universalism. In doing so, both artists anticipate a future that seems more likely than most: one in which humanity exists as a variegated crossroads of other histories and ways of being, in discordance and in concert.

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October 1, 2018 - Betti-Sue Hertz - 新浪收藏

近年来,中国艺术家对传统的“文人墨客”以及艺术家学者的概念兴趣倍增。何昆霖(Kunlin He)和童义欣(Yi Xin Tong)这两位长居美国的中国艺术家和国内外许多年轻艺术家一样,为宋、元、明时期文人画家的文化地位与实践所着迷。被视为道德和艺术上的精英群体的文人画家们受过良好教育,他们追求儒家理想,政府官吏也不例外。他们弃用北方宫廷画师的精湛技巧与华丽风格,追求感性与自我表达,中国艺术史上诸多备受尊崇的作品均有这一特性。山水画作为一个独立的体裁,在中国艺术中的历史渊源可追溯至唐朝的分裂瓦解。它蕴含着对人类之不完美的隐喻,也正是这种传统让两位旅居国外的艺术家何昆霖和童义欣从隐逸于自然以表达对移居现实不满的行径中找到灵感。他们怀抱着退隐田园的情志,同时也渴望置身当今连接紧密的全球文化——社交媒体和数字通信等本土媒体形式就不乏有不祥的生态灾难和研究旅行的新闻报道。尽管何昆霖和童义欣不是正式的合作画家,但他们相通的混合拼贴美学揭示了他们的调查主体性,这无疑汲取了中国童年记忆的滋养,同时又受到了美国熔炉式文化潜移默化的熏陶。