Duan Jianyu: Sharp, Sharp, Smart



Concept: The Pavilion|Editor: Hu Fang, Wang Xiaoyu|Translator: Andrew Maerkle|Designer: Du Yun|2016|86 pages|Hardcover, 24×18 cm|Chinese & English

Duan Jianyu: Sharp, Sharp, Smart completes with the whole “shamate” series she had been working on in last three years, and featured with the drafts produced in the creation process. What is “shamate” in Duan Jianyu’s intention? The question would be only answered by the works in the book, or inspire more thoughts on pure painting.

IMG_6729 IMG_6731 IMG_6736 IMG_6750 IMG_6752 IMG_6754 IMG_6757 IMG_6765 IMG_6766 IMG_6768

In fact, everything is disturbed, and standing before Duan Jianyu’s paintings I sense the faint quivers coursing through my body, which make me realize that without a more appropriate language (such as the “Martian” so cherished by the shām?tè), I cannot adequately depict what I see, there is no possibility of preserving from the start the unity of the primitive experience suggested by the body’s trembling, as well as the ecstasy that comes from the experience of disruption – an ecstasy that has been almost completely exhausted in the experience of contemporary life. Compared to those creations in which one projects a conceptual vision onto the canvas, or uses the standards of an ideal form to unsettle reality, the question of how to make the work into something “as chaotic as reality” is far more interesting and challenging. Ultimately, the artist must transcend painterly technique to liberate the inherent ambiguity and complexity of living.

- Excerpts from Hu Fang: Golden Bough about to Flower; Big Breasts Want a Trim, Sharp, Sharp, Smart, p.72

Texts and Images: Courtesy The Vitamin Archive

More on >>