Artist Solar Yao’s solo exhibition “Neverland” consists of work created over the previous 5 years, a interval filled with turmoil for the artist.
His father was identified with terminal most cancers, his artwork studio was relocated a number of occasions, and the complete world was locked in because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Every part made the artist mirror extra deeply on life, dying and eternity.
The almost 40 works on show on the Shanghai Oil Portray and Sculpture Institute Artwork Museum by way of April 25 come from the summary collection “Neverland” and “Skyline.”
The phrase “Neverland” comes from James Matthew Barrie’s novel Peter Pan, which described a dream world the place one can proceed to pursue the innocence of a kid in a land of purity. It’s within the depths of our hearts, it stays within the second of eternity and it by no means dies.
Solar makes use of the picture of “island” in response to the “Everlasting Return” of the German thinker Nietzsche together with his work. Everybody, unconsciously, will shine with a robust will to reside, permeating all people, echoing with one another, and life by no means ends. On this sense, we’re all an island of eternity.
With highly effective and forceful strokes, Solar’s works typically reveal an important stress overflowing with savage violence. The “By no means Land” beneath his brushes is magnificent, romantic and lyrical, like a stormy night time through which large waves hit the shore; an enormous universe through which all the things is shrouded in a mist; or a formidable abyss that would result in hell.
The portray “Neverland No. 1” focuses on the crucifixion, a well-recognized theme with Solar. A particular lengthy darkish alley was designed with a corrugated mirror ceiling and flooring. Standing within the alley instantly in entrance of the portray as the sunshine displays off the wrinkled floor, the viewer can really feel that they’re wading by way of the rippling seawater to enter a crushing tidal wave, a scene that Solar depicts within the portray.
“I wish to rigorously observe the folks round me, their phrases, smiles and gestures, and I think about their associates and the way they seemed of their childhood,” he says.
“I at all times surprise why, within the means of progress, folks lose the flexibility to grasp one another with out phrases.
“And I wish to use my very own codes to see issues and discuss to them. That is my very own Renaissance, with all the things reviving in it. “
Dates: till April 25 (closed on Mondays), from 10 a.m. to six p.m. M. At 5 p. M.
Venue: Shanghai Museum of Artwork Oil Portray and Sculpture Institute
Deal with: 111 Jinzhu Highway