Contemporary Museum: Solo Exhibition of Fu Wenjun’s Digital Pictorial Photography
Exhibition duration: 3rd – 30th April, 2017
Fu Wenjun’s New Contemporary Museum
Letizia Lanzarotti (Italy), Art critic
In nowadays’ reality, images persecute us. Everywhere we look, there is no single view, but a multiple view, inside and next to others, which are themselves formed by myriads of pixels which create new ones. Man is no longer able to distinguish reality from images.
The artist in the past just reproduced what he saw. Contemporary mind, on the contrary, feels the need to work on images, to help the beneficiary to understand. The vision of the artist has always been a guide for men who, blinded by the flashes of his own era, needed to be leaded back to authenticity and to the sense of reality they had lost.
Wenjun manages to create a dimension, a sort of “Museum” full of historical and artistic references, where you can, through the overlapping of these images, see the reality.
Fu Wenjun, the artist, the Master and estimator of ancient cultures, through a “journey in history”, guides mankind, creates a huge Contemporary Museum of “already seen” images, which are filtered by the gifted mind of the artist, which gets to a new truth. Essentiality and synthesis are key words, words for which every Artist should strive. Fu Wenjun already achieved this exceptional goal and now he wants to teach us to see.
First of all, through the most ancestral and authentic idea: beauty. His artworks are “beautiful” in the most universal acceptation. They own “the beauty in themselves”, defined by Platone, as a concept which belongs to the world of the ideas. The beauty within western culture was analysed by old philosophers and from the Greek Art, lately reproduced by Romans, “the harmony among the parts”, perfect coincidence among opposites forces, and at the same time within eastern culture, meant as the balance between Yin and Yang; beauty as health.
Artworks which are “superimpositions”, sometimes “overexposures”; a game which starts from words to get to photography, in a symposium of different Arts which have the same aim.
Images which sometimes are superimposed in colour, sometimes in the subtraction of the colour, in the so desired essentiality; solid ground to which the Contemporary castaway arrives. The best way to describe a long journey which starts from history, analyses the ideal of beauty, gets to the harmony with a modern superimposition of images to analyse the ancestral concepts, is through a masterpiece like 350 B.C. The form of an ancient Venus is superimposed upon the perfection of the wheel, the symbol of progress, and at the same time harmonious form. The warm tones, yang, are in perfect balance with femininity and roundness, which are more yin.
We find the same characteristics of perfection and universal balance in “The Showy World” where the symbol of neoclassicism joins in an “overexposure” of images like fragments of a groundless world, based on vanity of life which took the place of its authentic and immortal value. Fu Wenjun offers the best, being a real poet, genius, Creative Mind, in the power of contrasts. In this way he creates the altar of the sign, of inimitable style, of incomparable experience. The artwork “inherence” includes everything: the research of love between holy and profane becomes the symbol of the cohesion of the opposites; birth and death, man and woman, purity and contamination. But like all the greatest Masterpieces in the world, Wenjun’s artworks also involve their cathartic function. In this way the artist finds a way to escape from human suffering and always within the opposites, between holy and profane, he finds truth, which is already evident but clearly revealed by the artist in his gifted craftsmanship. Therefore he created the monochromatic artwork “Food is the man’s God”. Fu Wenjun is the real ferryman of mankind towards the ideal world, the Contemporary Museum, indestructible Temple of beauty.