艺术家Artist | 李继开
策展人Curator | 严峻峰
学术主持Curator | 孙建春
出品人Producer | 陈赟
展期Duration | 2020.9.12-9.30
开幕Opening | 2020.9.12 15:00
地点Location | 南京南视觉美术馆（南京市鼓楼区中山北路30号43层）
"In my memory, Wuhan has never been so quiet. Recently, when I went out, there was no one on the street. Some days ago, it says that wild boars in Donghu went down the mountain and ran wild on The 2nd Ring Road . I don't know whether it is true or not. With the aggravation of the epidemic, people are also used to a lot of things: for example, rumors exist everywhere. During this period of time, Wuhan occasionally had a warm winter sun shining all over the world as if nothing bad had happened. As most people stay at home and have less outdoor activities, we can see that there are more birds in the sky. People who stay in the house will remember that the world also belongs to the bird when they watch the flocks of birds flying by. "
"This is what people are like. When they really understand that there is no way out, their hearts begin to calm down. Just like at the beginning of the epidemic, people first turn from indifference to full-scale panic; from the first closed in the house for a week and nowhere to vent, to get accustomed to stay at home for long time to protect themselves……This is not only no way, but also an adaptation in the limitation. At the same time, we know that on the one hand, it is the people who stay at home quietly, and on the other hand, the outside world has been in disorder. The world at the beginning of 2020 is not going so well. The Australian fire, the US Iraq conflict, and even Kobe's strange death, it's like a dream. "
"Now I can only paint at home everyday. After drawing a general outline, I often let my habits and accidents lead me to the end of the unknown and inevitable picture. This is the seeking of my freedom and the limitation of destiny. I don't think too much as usual. Yes, what I think is nothing. This is the answer accumulated by my labor every minute. Whether art is unique is no longer important. Even art itself is not important. The existence of human beings is the core. Just like gravity, all opportunities will be close to the core, and naturally form a personal artistic appearance. For the future, the paintings formed during this period will be a special part of my personal life. " (LiJikai)
Wuhan, where LiJikai lives, countless anxious heart soaking in a quiet city. At the beginning of the year, he wrote in his diary that "In these two days, we often hear loud noises coming from afar, what a special spring festival." This coincides with Eliot's way of describing the end of the world: "not a loud noise, but a sob." Li Jikai stood in front of the window everyday, seeing the growth of vegetables in the field. He moved to a former studio, reorganized his life and thought more.
In front of the epidemic, the differences(Including country, race, class, gender, age, etc) among groups have been smoothed down one by one.At that moment, everyone had a similar feeling, and artists, like everyone else, were hard to escape:Fear, pain and fatigue.This moment, the power of art was gradually weakened.However,this kind of compulsive pause provided new possibilities for artists to create new works and try new projects.Obviously, in response to the crisis, Li Jikai achieved reconciliation with himself by art.Several pens, limited pigments and empty studio inspired his quiet and persistent creative toughness.He painted many images of people wearing masks and hoarding goods. These hidden faces mean that he strengthened his isolation from the outside world, indifference and forbearance in some way of refusing.The epidemic seems to be a collective isolation of people, and to a large extent,it is also a private event that needs to be suffered by us alone.Li Jikai used the familiar image and metaphor of the little boy to interpret his thinking about life and death: art will eventually be the witness of self, and the consistent visual image will eventually reflect back to himself. (YanJunfeng)
Three months ago, an artist friend of mine passed away, jumping off from the building.
I can't imagine what he had gone through before. After all, it takes courage to say goodbye to the world. What I can imagine is that he stood alone on the top of the building, hesitating and hopeless. Finally, he failed to convince himself and made his farewell to the world by jumping off the building. In recent years, a lot of friends have left the world in various ways. The impermanence of life often makes people sigh. I think of a slightly malicious joke by a friend: "I want to buy a whole wardrobe of black suits, A new one for every friend’s funeral until all of them pass away……" In fact, this year, 2020, those people who suddenly left us, some I know some I don't， didn't even have a funeral, let alone the black suit at the funeral.
This year is destined to be a watershed in the world pattern. Globalization gradually formed after the cold war is fragmented under the impact of the epidemic situation, and many descriptions related to globalization are increasingly unable to correspond. The discourse features of anxiety, helplessness, isolation, narrowness, unknown, panic, etc. during the epidemic period are replacing the various vocabulary in the globalization period; the world is fragmented into before 2020 and after 2020. People have begun to use the "post epidemic era" to describe the social form after the epidemic. All the rules and contexts in the globalization period have been forced to switch, and the rules have been rewritten. The same is true of contemporary art. The art ecology and artistic rules in the era of globalization will soon dissipate, and many previous discourses and scene contexts are being deviated. In short, people who have experienced dramatic changes can not ignore the impact of dramatic changes. After 2020, how to create art? It will soon become a problem for every artist.
No matter how astonishing this upheaval may be, no matter what situation it eventually becomes, we have been able to find many people trying to start recording and speaking about it. In an information-based world, the response and operation of the world have been greatly accelerated. Recently, I have noticed that many media and art exhibitions are trying to discuss the social and personal changes caused by the epidemic from various perspectives. The macro history is often abstract and obscure. Only when the big historical background reflects the individual's encounter, we can feel a historical upheaval more intuitively. From the perspective of local and individual, the landscape is real and concrete. Li Jikai is a typical example.
We can't predict the outcome of this upheaval, let alone the impact of society and other environments on individuals, but the transformation of thinking mode, self-identity and understanding of social and political environment in contemporary art have always been indispensable. (SunJianchun)
In view of Li Jikai's creation, Nanjing South Visual Art Museum has made three major solo exhibitions for Li Jikai in Shanghai Art Museum, Beijing Today Art Museum and alario, Korea for three consecutive years since 2006.As an artist inextricably linked with Nanjing,he restart with the South visual art museum after the epidemic,it is a farewell to the past and a warning to the unknown.Because we are the future in the present reality. From now on, I hope that Li Jikai's works will be more like a healer, dreaming of new reality and eventually improving the world. On the way,there is no end. (YanJunfeng)
After a sound sleep, I feel like summer is coming outside. Through the thick curtain, I can see green trees and blue sky, sunlight shining on the big painting I painted yesterday as if the painting itself is glowing, and everything lit up, the bright color is more luminous. I lay in bed, hoping that I would become a teenager because it was the summer of one’s life, and the sun was always shining, which draw people out to play. Some of these feelings have eliminated these decades in an instant. It seems that everything in the past is a long dream, and I return to the summer.（LiJikai）
编辑 | Hi艺术公众号·chenyinn
文 | 李继开、孙建春、严峻峰
版式设计 | 乐天
图片提供 | 南京南视觉美术馆