He Xun :SOW A SUN
1 Apr 2023 - 15 May 2023
He Xun :SOW A SUN
He Xun :SOW A SUN
Before the exhibition, the artist recounted a story told by his religious teacher: Someone went to visit his master and impatiently knocked on the door while the master was reciting scriptures. The master asked him to wait, but he continued to urge him impatiently. The master said, "Bara bara" (meaning "get out" in Hindi). The visitor mistakenly thought the master had taught him a spell and left satisfied. After returning home, he concentrated on reciting the spell and achieved some success. If someone in the village had a pain, they would ask him to recite the spell and blow on the affected area, and the illness would be cured. One day, the master went to another disciple's home in the village, and during the meal, the food was too hard and caused the master to have a toothache. The disciple went to get the person who could cast the "spell," and when he saw the master who was transmitting the teachings, he immediately paid his respects. After the ceremony, he used the "spell" to cure the master's toothache.
He Xun talks about "faith". He Xun's long-term exploration of the relationship between literature and painting, the relationship between images and things, and the relationship between language has made him full of power and endless in his work. From literary forms to grammar and rhetoric, from textual totems to word syllables and even to pronunciation and character creation, the complex logical processing and weaving work can be seen that He Xun is not a language gamer. He maintains an extraordinary, natural love, keenness, and awe for language in his work. In his 2021 solo exhibition "Golden Spiral", the artist demonstrated his efforts to revive the concept of animism in all things in the present by shuttling back and forth between things and totems in a 2.5-dimensional way. This exhibition presents the language created and used by the artist in this process. It is the language that grows out of things, and the silent moments of language and things that are unfamiliar yet integrated and trust each other.
This exhibition will feature more than ten new works by the artist created between 2021 and 2023, titled "Seed and Seed Word". The exhibition title is derived from a well-known children's song from the 1980s and 1990s, "Planting the Sun", the notes of the sun, the language of the seeds, sown at this moment. The exhibition will run until May 15, 2023.
He Xun,Artist, poet, member of Jiejue community, born in 1984 in Jiangxi province, he graduated from China Academy of Art in 2006. Now, he lives and works in Hangzhou and Beijing.
Currently works and lives in Hangzhou.His works include paintings, poetry and curating with attention to the symbolic role of agricultural culture, wizard belief and literal haibts in daily life. He emphasizes on the impact on modern life caused by the ignored or suppressed languages, folk customs, totem worship, so as to seek for the common human emotional bonds, eternal memories and its deterioration. He's works have been showcased in Imagokinetics (Hangzhou), Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Art, Times Museum, Guangzhou, Guangdong Museum of Art, Castello di Rivara Centro d'Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy and Sovrapposizioni Di Immagini , Casa Dei Carraresi Museum, Italy; and collected by Start Museum, GeKA and etc. His poems and essays are published on journals as "West Lake", "Enclave", "Poem Jiangnan", "The Best Poems of China 2006", "Art World" and "Artshard". Curation projects include "Go Live”with Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Art, "Suture: A Collection of Poetry by Contemporary Art Practitioners”with UCCA STORE, Beijing and etc.