筷道

宋冬和尹秀珍

纽约

2006年7月20日—7月28日

The Way of Chopsticks 筷道

2006
Stockings, thread, foam, stainless steel, wooden box 袜子、线、泡沫塑料、不锈钢、木盒
4 1/4 x 40 1/2 x 2 3/8 in (11 x 103 x 6 cm)
Edition of 12 12 版

One into Two 一分為二

2006
Bed, wood, lock, massage machine
33 1/2 x 78 1/2 19 1/4 in (85 x 198 x 49 cm)

World: Cross-section of Chopsticks 世界:筷子的截面

2006-09
Installation 装置
Set of 2, diameter 94 1/4 in (239 cm) each 每个直径94 1/4 in (239 cm)

Left Hand, Right Hand 左手右手

2006
Video
Set of 2, 2 minutes each 每个2 分钟
Edition of 12 12 版

Chambers Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening of The Way of Chopsticks, a collaborative exhibition by prominent experimental artists, Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen. This exhibition is a continuation and variation on the theme of Chopsticks explored in their first exhibition at Chambers Fine Art, in which the artists united to explore philosophical and sociological ideas embodied in a mundane object.

In this exhibition, the artists transcend their original chopstick ideologies to reveal more powerful, spiritual relationships. The Way of Chopsticks elicits an entirely new philosophy of creation. Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen drive the idea of collaborative work to a new level where trust becomes invaluable. In one project, they individually create an 8-meter long chopstick without revealing or discussing aesthetics or process with each other. The pairing of the chopsticks is unveiled at the exhibition. Other ideas presented in this highly anticipated exhibition are realized through video, paintings, and installations.

Their first Chopstick exhibition in 2002 was the celebration of their ten year anniversary as a married couple and the first joint project between the two independently successful artists. They transformed the gallery into a ritual space presenting chopsticks as simple everyday objects and as a metaphor for the personal bonds that unite them. Their theme focused on eating, drinking, playing, and happiness. On a metaphysical level, the duality of chopsticks parallels their inseparable nature.

After graduating from the Fine Arts Department of Capital Normal University of Beijing in 1989, Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen rejected their academic training in painting to investigate experimental art forms such as performance and video. Both artists achieved international fame independently before deciding to work together, confronting social issues through intense gestures and actions that have deep personal meaning.

Together, Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen present The Way of Chopsticks as a means of creating a new visual identity as a team. Their refusal to adhere to a singular style or formula allows them to explore a wide range of conceptual ideas, together and independently. This exhibition is a further exploration of their highly distinctive individual approach to the making of objects as well as a moving expression of their interdependence.

重要实验艺术家宋冬和尹秀珍将在前波画廊举办第二次合作展览《筷道》。这次展览将延续他们2002年在前波画廊的第一次合作展览,也是对“筷子"这一极其普通的日常生活用品所包含的哲学及社会意义的进一步探索。

这次展览中,两位艺术家将超越最初对“筷子"的理解和阐释,以揭示其更深刻,更感性的意义。同时,《筷道》展览也将表现一种全新的创作观念和哲学。宋冬和 尹秀珍将艺术家间的合作概念推向一个全新的层面,即艺术家之间的互相信任是最重要,最宝贵的因素。在一件将要展出的作品中,他们各自创作一支长达8米的筷 子,却不告诉对方任何关于各自筷子的外观或制做过程。只有到展览开幕的那一刻,两支筷子才会被合在一起,组成一双。这次众人翘首以待的展览还包括录影,绘 画和装置等其他媒体的作品。所有的作品都将使用他们创造的合作方式“筷道" ,即在同一形式下制作各自的作品而互相保密,独立。最后将之一起并置,形式不可分割的一件作品。 2002年举办的第一次《筷子》展览是这两位独立创作的艺术家的第一次合作,也是为了庆祝他们结婚十周年而举办的特?展览。展出的作品以“吃喝玩乐"为主题,而“筷子"不仅是这些日常行为活动中的必备工具,更象徵了夫妻间密不可分,缺一不可的亲切关系。

宋冬和尹秀珍1989年同时毕业于首都师范大学。毕业后,他们没有继续油画创作,却以行为和录影等其他艺术形式进行实验。他们两人独立创作,各自在国际上建立了自己的声誉。最近的合作对社会问题的探索增加了更加个人化的意义。

宋冬和尹秀珍在《筷道》的展览中,尝试表现一种新的合作性身份。同时,他们始终拒绝将自己局限于特定的媒体或风格。无论是独立的或是合作的作品,都表现了各种各样的丰富的观点和形式。这次展览既延续了他们各自独立的艺术创作特点,又同时体现了夫妻间感人的互相依赖性。

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