Shanhu-Coral

Shanhu-Coral

Organizers: Yuan Art Museum / Yuan Art and Public Welfare Foundation

Opening3. Apr. 2019  15:00

Exhibition Duration3. Apr. - 2. Jul. 2019

VenueYuan Art Museum

112 Lizexiyuan Wangjing Chaoyang District, Beijing


Preface

Qin Yufen has built a suspending and ethereal Coral Island in the Yuan Art Museum with 300,000 iron caltrops. The barbed wires, as metaphors for ferociousness and violence, are cut into 10cm long caltrops and connected by fishing strings to form lace-like caltrop nets. The plain steel-frames stand in their own constellations, looking at each other, as if they were improvising dances. When hundreds of thousands of caltrops pour down from the top of the frameworks in differentiated density, a cloudy caltrop net in the distance drops its arc gracefully into a corner from above. Qin Yufen arranges the caltrops sculpturally, as if she were caressing starry cascading corals. The cold caltrops are thus metamorphosed to velvet tenderness, warmth and poetic beauty, which imply the hurts.

Coral (Detail), Qin Yufen, Installation(Barbed Wires, Nylon Threads and Steel Constructions), 2019

Coral, Qin Yufen, Installation(Barbed Wires, Nylon Threads and Steel Constructions), 2019

I have experienced a similar shock when I saw the exhibition at the Hamburger Bahnhof C Museum for Contemporary Art in Berlin 2017. Juxtaposed with Joseph Beuys's epic works The End of the 20th Century and Tallow, Qin Yufen's Making Paradise has produced an intensive consonance. If the understanding of Beuys's conceptual art requires theoretical interpretations, then Qin Yufen's installation art conveys nostalgic remembrance and creates an inaccessible utopia by means of a nurturing language of material. It awakens yearn for a homeland along with a prosperous future.

Making Paradise, Qin Yufen, 1996-2002, Sound Installation(Silk Dyed by Chinese Traditional Medicine, Barbed Wire, Objects from Building Site, Children's Clothing and Bamboo, Six-Track Digital Sound, etc), Hamburger Bahnhof-Museum fr Gegenwart Kunst, Berlin

Work Scenes of The End of the 20th Century and Making Paradise, 2017-2018, Hamburger Bahnhof-Museum fr Gegenwart Kunst, Berlin

Work Scenes of Tallow and Making Paradise, 2017-2018, Hamburger Bahnhof-Museum fr Gegenwart Kunst, Berlin

Coral is a poetic naming of the artwork that is difficult to be specified. The pregnant concept and the subtle melancholy generated by the caltrops can be seen as a continuation of the tension between the material language and its semantics of Making Paradise. With the rationality and the serenity of industrial aesthetics, Qin Yufen transforms the agitating caltrops into crystal clear poetry and tranquility. She composes the individual chords with their singular color tones, in such a fashion of the musical symbolism, that an ephemeral delicateness and nuance could be shown in the artistic creation.

Coral (Detail), Qin Yufen, Installation(Barbed Wires, Nylon Threads and Steel Constructions), 2019

Coral (Detail), Qin Yufen, Installation(Barbed Wires, Nylon Threads and Steel Constructions), 2019

Coral (Detail), Qin Yufen, Installation(Barbed Wires, Nylon Threads and Steel Constructions), 2019

Nevertheless, behind the chill of the caltrops there emerges a cumbersome image of a disturbing and chaotic world, arduous thoughts as well as further endless reflections.

Gu Yan

23. 3. 2019 Wangjing

( Translated by Wang Ge)


Qin Yufen is at work

About the artist

Qin Yufen was born in 1954 in Shandong Province, China. Since 1980, Qin Yufen has been developing a minimal style of abstract ink paining drawing on traditional Chinese calligraphy and xie yi (freehand or spontaneous) painting styles. More recently, she has used colorful mineral pigments and ink on large-scale rice paper. Her expansive brushstrokes, flowing colors and surfaces saturated with ink transcend the aesthetic of traditional ink painting using colour, ink and powder, expanding the horizons of contemporary ink art.

Qin Yufen has been shown in exhibitions including: Life, Schwartzsche Villa, Berlin, Germany (2018); Moving is in Every Direction. Hamburger BahnhofCMuseum fr GegenwartCBerlin, Germany (2017); Perfection by Chance-A Yi Pai Series Exhibition (2015), Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong, China; Wu Ming, Form is Formless-Chinese Abstract Art (2011), Contrasts Gallery (now Pearl Lam Galleries), Shanghai, China; Beijing 008 C Qin Yufen Art Project (2008), Today Art Museum, Beijing, China; Zones of Contact - the 15th Biennale of Sydney (2006), Sydney, Australia; Vision II (2002), Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum fuer Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany; Visual Sound (2001), Mattress Factory, Museum for Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh, USA; Sonar or 9 Questions for the Periphery (1998), Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany; Bodily Logos (1995), Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany, Altes Museum, Germany and Rivoli Contemporary Art Museum, Torino, Italy; Orientation, 4th Istanbul Biennial (1995), Turkey; Qin Yufens paintings (1986), Heidelberg Art Association, Germany.


The Source of the Picture: Yang Chao Photography Studio, Qin Yufen