New Exhibition Leaves Meaning of Art in the Eye of Its Beholders
  Author:Yin Yeping   Resource:globaltimes   2012-07-03 11:41:20  

Art doesn't always have meaning, at least not at face value, as the exhibition "Protagonist and Liminial" by duo Hu Xiangqian, 29, and Wang Sishun, 33, sets out to prove.

The exhibition, which opens June 30 and runs until August 12 at the Long March Space at the 798 Art Zone, invites visitors to make their own judgments about art even the artists themselves can't definitively explain.

A three-minute video of pedestrians passing under Dashanzi Bridge in Chaoyang district titled All flesh has deep regrets conveys what might seem like a common Beijing scene.

But for Wang, it indicates there is no start or end, just continuity in life. At least, that's how he hesitantly describes it.

Another eye-catching exhibit is Negative of Negative of Beauty. Despite its ambiguous title, it features a white rose hung upside down from the wall.

"The right way to see the rose is by turning your back to the wall and bending down so you see it from through your legs," Wang explained, this time with more confidence.

The best way to understand the artworks is to see them with your own eyes, both artists agree.

Hu is particularly prudent about this, stressing that it's not for him to judge, or even guess, what is the true meaning embedded in his works.

In the exhibition, Hu presents three abstract videos that he doesn't quite know how to put into words and describe, even in terms of their content or his reasons for shooting them.

"I don't know what I am trying to express. In fact, I never even thought about it," he said.

"You really have to see it for yourself and draw your own judgements," he concluded, visibly at his wits' end trying to explain them.

Where: Long March Space, 4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang district

When: Until August 12

Admission: Free

Contact: 5978-9764 or

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