展览 EXHIBITION | MiA: Beijing Station:: First Chapter
MiA: Beijing Station:: First Chapter
展览：MiA: 北京站:: 第一章
Title: MiA: Beijing Station:: First Chapter
时间：2015. 09. 19 – 2015. 10. 07
Date: Saturday, September 19 – Wednesday, October 7, 2015
艺术家/Artists：Ram Jung (Jung Woo Ram), Grace Noh (盧妵鈴), Masahito Ono (大野 雅人), Chi Zhang (张弛), Yichen Zhou (周一辰)
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM
Location: DDC, Shanlao Hutong NO.14, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
MiA艺术小组的第一个展览即将于2015年9月19日在DDC（黄昏黎明俱乐部）开幕。2014年成立于纽约，MiA由五名来自于亚洲的青年艺术家组成。Ram Jung （Jung Woo Ram）和 Grace Noh（盧妵鈴）来自于韩国，Masahito Ono（大野 雅人）来自于日本，Chi Zhang（张弛）和 Yichen Zhou（周一辰）来自于中国。五位艺术家来自与亚洲的不同国家和地区，有着不同的成长经历和文化背景。在纽约的相遇，使他们在文化上，历史上，更重要的是艺术上分享着各自的故事。而他们所有的热情和探索精神也让他们从各自熟悉的创作领域延伸出去展开了各种形式的艺术合作，通过绘画，影像，行为，装置和写作等形式探讨个人身份在多重文化背景下的矛盾与碰撞。
像旅途上的乘客，慢火车从一个到另一个站台，沿途偶遇各站风景和陌生人。五位艺术家的第一站 MiA: Beijing Station:: First Chapter即将展开。他们从“自我介绍”开始，期待手上那本空白的日记会慢慢被沿途更多的艺术家和艺术项目填满。各位，幸会。
Ram Jung（Jung Woo Ram）， 2010年毕业于弗吉尼亚理工大学，获建筑硕士学位。2014年毕业于纽约帕森斯设计学院摄影及相关媒体专业，获艺术硕士学位。现工作生活于韩国首尔。作为一个有建筑背景的摄影师，Jung的作品来自于他对开放，空旷，或视觉上空白的空间本能一般的寻求。在他所记录的空间里，无限的被冻结的时间不断的循环。他在这无限的循环和重复中寻找着构成画面的基本元素。他的作品强调平庸个体的美，以抽象的形态作为主要的画笔揭开隐藏于空间内的美学形态。美籍德国建筑师Mies van der Rohe说“Less is more”。Jung相信这种少即是多的构图极简化却能最大化的调动摄影作品中的情感。
Grace Noh（盧妵鈴）， 毕业于纽约大学艺术学院，获艺术史专业硕士学位。现工作生活于纽约。作为一个艺术家和策展人，Noh关注的是当今的艺术哲学，尤其是艺术史对于当下艺术观念的影响，或者说一种观念的产生绝不是单纯的自我作用。出生于美国阿拉巴马州的一个小镇，成长于韩国和夏威夷，之后在波士顿和纽约求学，这样多重的文化背景，使Noh对文化的多样性和不同社会环境下的艺术交流产生了兴趣。她关于法国哥特式教堂和意大利人文主义的文章及大量的艺术评论发表于纽约和波士顿。
Masahito Ono（大野 雅人），毕业于纽约帕森斯设计学院摄影及相关媒体专业，获艺术硕士学位。Ono曾在瑞士，日本和美国求学，现工作生活于纽约。他的艺术创作灵感来源于之前作为视讯记者的工作经历，每一则新闻和影像都是一个快速运转的产品，它的价值通常取决于其作为一条新闻在当下的说服力。在这种高速运转的领域，他渐渐渴望创作出随着时间的推移依旧有其存在意义的作品，以其慢于常态的姿态长久的存在。Ono将雕塑和装置的概念加入到影像创作中，寻求更广泛的叙事性，作品大部分都有“时间”和“持续性”的介入。除了在东京的两次个展，Ono的作品曾多次在世界各地展出。
Chi Zhang（张弛），2013毕业于纽约视觉艺术学院纯艺术专业，获艺术硕士学位。现工作生活于纽约和北京。作为一个视觉艺术家，张弛的作品以三维的结构图作为切入点，创造简化的二维图像，以此来探索维形式的不同将如何改变相同的结构。她灵感来源于建筑师父亲早期的建筑设计草图，对她来说建筑是一种创造中的视觉语言。作品同时介入摄影和绘画，对复杂的原图结构进行简化。每一次简化的变形过程都会成为原结构的抽象衍生物，最终复杂的结构将最小化并呈现出它最简单的形式。张弛的作品不仅仅关于个人记忆，还关于她对一个熟悉城市新的认识 －北京。2014年，当她从纽约回到阔别12年的北京，她为眼前城市的改变和这座有未来感的水泥丛林所惊讶，现在作品也成为了她和这座城市连接。
MiA presents MiA: Beijing Station:: First Chapter, its first exhibition featuring a selection of key bodies of work of Ram Jung, Grace Noh, Masahito Ono, Chi Zhang, and Yichen Zhou on display September 19 – October 7, 2015 at DDC in Beijing.
Established in New York in 2014, MiA is an artist collective by young, emerging artists in a wide range of artistic fields ranging from photography, film, painting, installation, performance, to philosophy. Having Jung and Noh from Korea, Ono from Japan, and Zhang and Zhou from China, the five individuals share intertwining backgrounds culturally, historically, geographically, and, most importantly, artistically. They have their own stories that have brought them to New York and where they are now. The artists with dreams, passion, and minds of explorers have naturally met one another and formed both personal and artistic bond to influence and motivate each other to the next level of artistic foundation difficult to accomplish alone.
MiA’s vision is to create collaborative projects both within and outside the group to construct artistic dialogue to the society, bringing together various ideas, artistic practices, and media beyond each other’s familiar fields as well as to provide general public a moment to ponder upon and question about artistic creation in present world. From its first collaborative trip to China, Japan, and Korea where the five artists are originally from, MiA continuous to work together to inspire and be inspired for new collaborative projects including “MiA Project” on WeChat dedicated to share and expand the context of contemporary art in writing.
Like passengers on a train moving from one station to another and meeting strangers on the way, Jung, Noh, Ono, Zhang, and Zhou have just begun their journey as a group with a blank notebook in their hands. MiA: Beijing Station:: First Chapter is an exciting and meaningful exhibition that marks the beginning of MiA’s journey forward.
Ram Jung is a photographer whose background lies in architecture. His work is the document of his experience coming from his continuous instinct, which he wants to stay in open, empty, or visually void space. Through overpassing the unlimited repetition of frozen and endless moments, Jung searches for formal elements of composition, and draws paintings with manipulated colors of the photographic palette on a monochromic field, which he finds through the process of re-compositing the elements. In his work, he praises the beauty of banality of object, and the abstraction of his work is the main brush to unveil the “hidden” aesthetic forms. As German-American architect Mies van der Rohe says, “Less is more” and Jung strives for this simplicity and minimization of composition. Jung believes that this eventually maximizes the potential to pull of the emotions in the work rather than just eliminating the representational quality of photography. Jung received his Master of Architecture at Virginal Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2010 and MFA in Photography and Related Media at Parsons School of Design in 2014. He lives and works in Korea.
Grace Noh is an artist and curator whose focus lies on philosophy of art in the present day, particularly on the notion that new formations of ideas are resulted from influences, or translations, of the past. In other words, the creation of an idea can never be a pure creation of its own. Having born in a small town in Alabama, grown up in Korea and Hawaii, and studied in Boston and New York, Noh has naturally developed her interest in hybridity of cultural and artistic exchanges of different characteristics of societies. With this diverse background, Noh strives to explore human knowledge, emotions, gestures, and thoughts everything that can be expressed in any kind of mean. She wrote papers on French gothic cathedrals and Italian Humanism from the philosophical approach as well as a great number of articles and reviews of exhibitions in New York and Boston. Noh received her M.A. in Art History at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. She lives and works in New York.
Masahito Ono is an artist whose aspiration to produce art emerged from his previous work as a video journalist, where every news item and image becomes a fast-cycle product and its value is often determined by its salability. From this accelerated speed, he aspired to now produce a work of art that can retain the significance of its existence over time, a work in which to gain a long life by living and passing in the present moment at a slower pace relative to the actual passing of time and all the other beings. Ono’s practice explores a wide range of storytelling through incorporating sculpture and installation into photography and video, and introduces duration of time in his work. Ono received his MFA in Photography and Related Media at Parsons School of Design in 2015 and has showcased his works internationally with two solo exhibitions in Tokyo and a number of group exhibitions worldwide. Ono has studied in Sweden, Japan, and the United States and currently lives and works in New York.
Chi Zhang is a visual artist whose artistic creations of simple two-dimensional objects that reference images of three-dimensional structures are based on her early years of inspiration from her architect father. To Zhang, architecture is the invisible visual language in her artistic practice. In order to explore how different dimensional forms change the same structure, Zhang uses photographs and drawings of architecture and reduce the complexity of the original structure. Each transformation becomes an abstraction derived from the original structure; eventually the complex structure will be minimized and presented in its simplest form. Her bodies of work not only reveal her personal memories, but also extend her knowledge of Beijing — the city where she was born and raised. Returning back to Beijing 12 years later in 2014, Zhang was stunned by the transformation of the city with modern and futuristic skyscrapers. Her work serves as a communicator of the ever-fast growing nation and brings her back to connect herself with her home country. Zhang received her MFA in Fine Arts at School of Visual Arts in 2013. She lives and works in New York and Beijing.
Yichen Zhou is a visual artist and photographer who was born in Inner Mongolia and raised in Beijing, China. She moved to New York City in 2010. Her performance-based work explores her identity as part of a new generation Chinese artists and points to the challenges of living in a world where she finds multiple cultures and values in conflict. Her performance explores what lies behind the surface of life and locate the line between reality and illusion; the actions are illogical and ineffective. The questions behind these actions explore futile activities in society and failed attempts at life. Zhou received her MFA in Photography and Related Media at Parsons School of Design in 2013 and had numerous exhibitions in Russia, United States and China. She lives and works in New York and Beijing.
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