“None to one, die to live” is the slogan of this exhibition. “None to one”, as the initial state in which life is born and “die to live” as the process of living through your whole life and finally reaching the destination. And all the moments of spiritual awakening before death is extending our meanings of life.
Being from nothing to something, finally reaching death.
Words from Curator
The exhibition, combined with Twenty-one’s floral installations and Yoli's paintings of “picking-up flowers” series, presents cycle of life through the communications of two-dimensional paintings and three-dimensional plants , and also includes the recognition and presentation of the diversity and uncertainty of life in space and time.
Plants from vigorous to decay, from the living to the death, turns out to be the “living soil” of the flowers in paintings – paper. This is actually the truth of a life iteration, and because of that the none-living flowers had being given a second life. Yoli's paintings are mainly based on elegant, quiet flowers. In contrast, Twenty-one’s plant works are vicissitude with a concept of withering. The ideas seem to be opposite and conflicting. However, in the nature of life, the failure brings out prosperity, the new born replaces the death.“Living and death”and “being or not being”are all in one.
Just like the symbiosis and balance of natural species, it carries and marks the value of life and the power of freedom.
And art is an irreplaceable power of life.
Ruyun Store curatorial team, deriving the brand concept of “growing naturally and live freely”, at the same time using its rational planning logic as a starting point, exploring from various relationships and communicating methods of how people and nature; people and life; people and emotions get along conveys the beauty of life via the philosophy “none to one” in this exhibition.
21 - Aristist Statement
Every one has different perspective on “creating something out of nothing”.
Some people holds the view of “living“, explores the process of living;
Some people holds the view of “having”，explores the attitude and direction of life;
And I, want to explore the process from none to one.
The original form of life is cells, and so are plants.
Discover the possibilities of “live” in the countless times of division and reproduction of cells
The cell may be the only source of one essence.
This series of installation used lots of dead brances to convey and presents the infinite times one cell body has born.
Such instincts are also the root of life.
Having infinite “living”, then we can have the unique “having”
The way I see the world is pessimistic. We created languages, but languages often lead to misunderstanding. We are capable of imagintion, yet imagination keeps us in the past, takes us to the future, but the present. The beauty of utopia is that they do not exist, and can never be reached.
Thus, I paint only plants to get rid of the manmade part. In plants, there is no opinion or thought to be expressed, no conflict, sarcasm, carrying forward, or ideal to be established.
"Nian Hua" comes from the Zen story "nian hua yi xiao". In the story, Gautama Buddha picked up a flower and said "I don't write; I pass my knowledge on through the connection between the hearts". Then he handed the flower to Mahā Kāśyapa.
As simple as a blooming flower is enough.
If this flower happens to please someone, if its beauty helps someone forget their misfortunes for even just a second, I can take comfort in that.
展览时间/ 07.12 - 08.31
开放时间/10：00 - 18：00
翻译/ Evanna, Greenie
I Shui T'ang is a multifunctional art space established in 2014 Chengdu. Our company also founded in the very fist amber museum in China. The museum has aspired to be more than a treasury of an extensive rare and beautiful collection of amber antiques and artifacts, also bringing both new ideas and connections across time.