ARTISTS >  Adou | 阿斗

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Leaves of Grass
草叶集
 

In this new body of works, Adou invites the viewer to look at the unimpressive natural world just below our feet. Titled after the famous poetry collection by Walt Whitman, Adou’s “Leaves of Grass” is a lyrical exaltation and reordering of the natural world from discarded scraps and chaos. Part painting and part collage, the natural elements are carefully composed by the artist with allusions to Chinese traditional ink painting and calligraphy.

“Leaves of Grass” reflects an evolution in the artist’s oeuvre away from the human subject with respect to his two previous main bodies of work: “Samalada” (2006) and “Adou” (2011), while embracing the realism of the natural world and the myriad transcendental creations seen in the artist’s new assemblages. A newly published monograph of the “Leaves of Grass” series of photographs is also co-published by M97 Gallery and Thircuir.

在本次的新作中,阿斗邀请观众把视线转移到我们脚下那个并不起眼的自然世界中。名同美国诗人惠特曼的著名诗集,阿斗的《草叶集》系列是对自然世界诗化的赞美,也是在种种混乱中通过废弃的碎片对自然世界的重组。混合了绘画与拼贴的意识,以中国传统的水墨画和书法为隐喻,艺术家把这些自然元素重新仔细的构建起来。

相比于艺术家之前的两个系列,《沙马拉达》(2006)和《阿斗》(2011),《草叶集》即折射出了阿斗拥抱自然世界的现实主义层面和新组合成的艺术创作中透露出的诸多超越、先验的特质,也反射出了艺术家的艺术视线逐渐远离以人为个体的转变。M97画廊和Thircuir也联合出版了新作系列摄影作品的专著《草叶集》。


LEAVES OF GRASS ESSAY
《草叶集》散文