【BACA Talk Festival】What is art for?
We do not know how art began any more than we know how language started. If we take art to mean such activities as building temples and houses, making pictures and sculptures, or weaving patterns, there are no people in all the world without art. If, on the other hand, we mean by art as some kind of beautiful “luxury”, something to enjoy in museums and exhibitions or something special to use as precious decoration in the best parlour, we must realize that this use of the word is a very recent development and that many of the greatest builders, painters or sculptors of the past never dreamed of it.
The British philosopher of art, Richard Wollheim believes that we should resist the tendency to see art as an abstract idea that needs to be analysed and explained. If we are to fully understand art, according to his view, we must always define it in relation to its social context. Since art is a form of life, and it is always a reflection of an individuals’ beliefs, emotions, experiences, skills, social background and happiness. According to the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, "The only happiness lies in reason; all the rest of the world is dismal. The highest reason, however, I see in the work of the artist …." Therefore, in the BACA Talk Festival, we invite artists, art publishers and educators to share their art experiences, their happiness and their perspective of What is art? What is art for? Why is art education so important?
— GUAN Qi
Series 1 | 2020.12.05 | Saturday
Shall we still read the Artists' Books?
Book reading and arts creation
The two sub-projects of on paper studio are “on paper_save as” and “on paper untitled”, both of which are closely related to “Book”. Yet the difference between them is that “on paper_save as” is mainly devoted to visual design so as to display artists’ works and exhibition records by graphic medium and design languages; while “on paper untitled” is focus on onsite exhibition, lectures etc. to promote the development of “Artists Books”, to create “Artists Books for medium through inviting artists. And this “Artists Books” always runs through their ideas.
Initiated by on paper studio, the series “on paper Artists Books” exhibition have been held twice, “on paper one” in Zapbeijing and successively “on paper two” in White Space. This lecture has selected some excellent works to show you how artists thinking and creating “Artists Books”. At the same time, on paper will also show you some book design works, and then we will discuss their thoughts when designing a painting album from on paper. Besides, we will distinguish the two different forms to determine the real concept of “Artists Books”.
Left page, right page, or front and back. Founded in Beijing in 2017, "on paper" studio sets its mission on bringing the artistic medium of "artist's book" to China. It has hosted two artist’s book exhibitions, "on paper one" and "on paper two." Its services include book design, exhibition visual design, and VI design. Its sub-project, “Wanwu” promotes art derivatives and limited-edition artworks. on paper is dedicated to exploring all possibilities on paper.
Time is All
LES GARÇONS DU FLUTE 1866
Porcelain and underglaze
What is art for? Art for me is the best thing I can do with my time, I believe we have nothing but time. Art is so profound and so self - absorbed to, what I want to say is there are connstent conversations between me and the world I isolated with, therefor sometimes it is a quick chat, sometimes is more evaluated dialogue. The continuous state of crisis in which we are living marks a phenomena which could be seen as a catalyst for a significant shift in our collective psyche.
Few months earlier I lunched a series of functional earthenware under the label “HMS by Wang Hua”, this tyoe of creation is quite restrained by time, it could be read as a quick “chat” between me and my observation to society, it rooted to deeper to subculture. On the other hand the process involved in making sculpture or installation requires much longer time, and the work it self is more evolved in time, like a memoir, time juxtaposition as the discussion goes on. Time is the only subject and creator.
Wang Hua was born in Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China. She graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, UK in 2012. From 2014 she moved to Jingdezhen-China, the home of porcelain. After a year of intensive training at the Sculpture Ceramics Factory’s workshop, Hua received an offer from the Royal College of Art in London to continue her study in ceramics and contemporary art. She got her Masters in Ceramics and Glass at the RCA in 2018 and is currently working in her studio in China.
The Process of Teaching Art
A project he did with Bankers from the City of London.
Worked on for a UK based environmental charity, building the infrustructure for a plant nursery.
Over the past twenty years Liam Yeates has worked/taught on various art based projects, which have been both diverse and challenging. He has used a variety of art forms, including drawing, performance and installation. Currently he is using drawing as a medium to explore ideas around social interactions and architecture.
Each teaching job he has done has offered him a chance to work with an eclectic mix of people, who have come from very different backgrounds. This in turn has given him an insight into how to facilitate the process of teaching art. Liam Yeates will in this talk, outline his arts journey and give an insight into how he has taught art within projects, workshops and throughout the education system in the UK and here in China.
This is a mural project he did with kids from Shadwell in the East end of London
Liam Yeates is originally from London, UK, now based in Beijing. For around thirty years he has been creating art. During this time he completed a Degree and MA in Performance and Installation arts at Dartington College of arts, Devon, UK. Before moving to Beijing he was teaching BTEC Art and Design at Southwark College, London. The course included still life as well as life art drawing classes, which he tutored.
Series 2 | 2020.12.12 | Saturday
Monk's Love, 2017, Video, 09:28
Monk’s Love Drawing Series,Drawing, 2017
Jin Yu's work has always been concerned with the use of symbols and different languages in a multicultural context. Life is full of all kinds of symbols that have a whole system of image politics and power relations behind them, and she often puzzled by them. Symbols are the miasma that confuses reality. This exhibition presents a series of "symbol collages" that she created in Rome in 2017 and some recent reflections on "symbolic superficiality". The works include drawing, video, and sculpture.
Giftshop Sculpture, Egg Yolk,
In the video of "Monk's Love", Jin Yu tried to document the sculpture in the way of film, making the sculpture become props and symbolic carriers with a new narrative. By observing and extracting elements in Roman cities and objects in flea markets, she used collage and editing to create a fiction of a fake monk's search for his "desires". She put objects in contexts where they shouldn't be, so as to cast doubt on their symbolism: Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini's Four Rivers Fountain, hordes of Chinese tour groups, melting gelato, the hormones in the Italian air, etc...
Jin Yu graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design BFA Sculpture Department in 2018, and currently studying at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, MFA Sculpture Department.
Preparation before departure
The skillful use of traditional media and forms in Ji Yucheng's works, the implicit and ghostly transplantation and grafting in the package overlaps the past and the present, forming a narrative that is parallel with reality and the grotesque, and detours into the subjective consciousness and unconsciousness. The reflection of self-expression in the unspoken language also insinuates the artist's discussion and questioning of history and the present.
His perspective has always been centered on the theme of time and space. Through multiple levels and changes in time and space. The artist tries to excavate, research and express the intertwined images of the life and history. The expression of contradiction and conflict seems to come from the nature of the artist. The influence of Chinese Southern and Northern culture, as well as Chinese traditional culture and Western culture on the artist during his growth has brought continuous inspiration to his creation. The phenomenon of interlacing time and space not only exists in science fiction movies, but also in daily life: urban villages surrounded by high-rise skyscrapers, international friends who speak fluent local dialects, and history always repeated itself. However, we lose our keen sense during the rapid social change and are accustomed to the numbness of contradictions.
The distant places
Artist. Graduated from Royal college of art at 2015. Now works and lives in Beijing.
The Evolution of Art and War
George Clausen, Youth Mourning, 1916 (Online image)
Art has found a place in all aspects of human experience and this has most certainly been the case for war. War as a phenomenon has illustrated how destructive Man can be. Just as wars have influenced national, political and social movements, wars have also heavily influenced art. As the nature of war has changed traditional depictions of war have often failed to provide an adequate representation of conflict in the new era of heavily industrialized Total War. The Evolution of Art and War seeks to analyse artistic responses to modern war in the 20th century.
Percy Wyndham Lewis, A Battery Shelled, 1919 (Online image)
Anthony May is an educator living and working in Beijing. He holds a MA in Philosophy and Political Science. He has always had a deep interest in art as well as the psychology of the artists themselves. His research interests include Friedrich Nietzsche, epistemology and the history of philosophy.
2020.12.05 | Saturday | 15:00-17:45
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Series 2 2020.12.12 | Saturday | 15:00-17:45
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JIN Yu | Monk’s Love
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