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“2011圣诞特别计划”Q&A:专访六岛艺术团体成员Jack Mur和Genine Loo

(2011-12-23 12:26:35)
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“2011圣诞特别计划”Q&A:专访六岛艺术团体成员Jack <wbr>Mur和Genine <wbr>Loo

Q1: 六岛和外滩美术馆的合作是如何成型的?

 

A1: “六岛”艺术团体从创立伊始就与上海的艺术圈建立起了密切的合作。我们不仅聚焦上海本地的艺术家们,而且也展示与这座大都市有关的艺术作品。在六岛刚刚开幕的以三十年代上海为主题的展览“Goddammned Shanghai”中,许多作品的灵感即来自外滩源地区的装饰主义风格建筑。时至今日,这一建筑群已经成为上海三十年代奢华和优雅的装饰主义建筑的标志。

 

因此,当外滩美术馆提出希望六岛创作一件圣诞主题的作品时,我们欣然答应。节日就应该喝着Glühwein热酒,享受节日的欢愉。六岛把作品的主角设定为圣诞老人,这一乐呵呵的形象是由可口可乐公司所创造的,并最早出现在1931年的Saturday Evening Post之类的杂志上。

 

Q2: 希望通过作品传达给观众什么?

 

A2: “叫我尼克就可以”是对以圣诞老人为标志的圣诞商业文化的一种轻松的讽刺。圣诞老人普遍被误以为是一种令人尊崇的宗教传统,但其实按照可口可乐的说法,“人们今天看到的圣诞老人形象基本上就是来自我们的广告”。

 

从1931年被插画家Haddon Sundblom创作出来开始,因不同的艺术家,不同的场合以及不同的创作目的,这个原形为St.Nicholas的形象在不断地改变着。这个不刮胡子、肥嘟嘟的、穿着圣诞外套的男人向我们揭示了一个人人都爱的神话故事背后冷冰冰的现实,同时也探讨了麻木不仁的商业化进程对我们生活和信仰体系的影响。

 

这也回应了六岛其它一系列关注中国商业化进程的作品。六岛长期以来探索全球化进程和快速发展的经济对人们生活的影响。

  

Q3:为什么作品取名《叫我尼克就可以》?有什么特殊含义吗?

 

A3: “叫我……就可以”,是一种很随意地向新认识的人介绍自己的方式。我们的St. Nicholas意识到他已经不再是昨日那个受人尊敬的圣人了,在今天的世界里,只不过是个乐呵呵的给人分发礼物的老头儿。

 

不拘于成规和幽默一直是六岛的作品风格。观众通常都是在严肃、安静、又有些盛气凌人的博物馆美术馆环境之中,站着,远远地观看艺术作品。而六岛希望作品能建立起一座链接墙上的艺术品和观众之间无形或有形鸿沟的桥梁,打破观众和作品之间的屏障。

 

六岛认为艺术应是与人有关的。这也是为什么六岛一直在做互动艺术,让人们重新思考艺术的意义,它是如何被创造出来的以及艺术在生活中应该扮演什么样的角色。

 

 

“RAM Christmas Project 2011” Q&A: 

Interview with Jack Mur and Genine Loo from island6 art collective

 

Q1: How does this collaboration between ISLAND6 and RAM come into its form?

 

A1: The Liu Dao art collective has, since its founding, been a staple on the local Shanghai art scene – not only featuring Shanghai-based artists but also exhibiting art about the metropolis. Even for the art collective's newest exhibition “Goddamned Shanghai” – a 1930s themed exhibition about the decadence of Shanghai - much of their inspiration came from the Art Deco buildings of the ROCKBUND area.

 

The buildings of the stretch are, to this day, the most emblematic of the luxury and beauty of the 1930’s specific Art Deco architecture.

 

Therefore, the Liu Dao collective accepted whole-heartedly the Rockbund Art Museum’s request of Christmas-themed artworks. In the holiday spirit of having fun and rejoicing oneself with Glühwein, Liu Dao has permitted itself to play with the Coca-Cola-inspired Santa Claus, actually originating in this jolly form in 1931 in magazines such as the Saturday Evening Post.


Q2: What does ISLAND6 hope to bring to the visitors to RAM by the work?

A2: Just Call Me Nick is a tongue-in-cheek satire of the commercial entity of Santa Claus, commonly mistaken as a revered religious tradition. In the words of Coca-Cola, “the image of Santa most people have today is largely based on our advertising.” Invented in 1931 by illustrator Haddon Sundblom, the figure of St. Nicholas has morphed through the ages, depending on who the artist was, where he was based and what he was drawing for. The unkempt, greasy man in a wrinkled Santa suit exposes the sobering reality behind a well-loved myth, and comments on the effects of relentless commercialization on our lives and belief systems.

 

This is reminiscent of Liu Dao’s works on increasing commercialization in China, a topic often explored by the artists to examine the effects of globalization and a rapidly growing economy on the lives of the people.

 

Q3: Why is one of the works named Just Call Me Nick? Is there any implication behind it?

 

A3: “Just call me...” is an informal way to introduce oneself to new acquaintances. Our St. Nicholas recognizes that he is no longer the revered saint of yesterday, but the jolly man giving presents in today's world.

 

Similarly, Liu Dao's artwork is frequently irreverent and humorous in approach, which represents an attempt to break down the barriers between art and art-viewer, bridging the metaphorical and literal gap between an artwork on a wall and the viewer who had to stand and look at it from far away, usually in a sombre, hushed and intimidating museum or gallery environment.

 

Liu Dao wants art to be about the people, which is why it makes interactive art that can lead people to re-consider what art means, how it is made and what role it can have in their lives.

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