九个    / NINE

2016

​木板、铁皮、布料、钢架、小商品 / plank, iron sheet, cloth, steel frame, smallware

义乌作为全国甚至国际上知名的小商品城,全国的旅游景点所售卖的绝大部分旅游纪念品(多为廉价的小商品)都来自这里。旅游和购物在大多数人眼里肯定是密不可分的,但是当购买的纪念品并非是当地的特产,而不过是来自义乌的一件件工厂生产出来的商品的时候,它还有纪念意义吗?这些商品会因为到了不同的地方而摇身一变真的身价百倍吗?
 

我不否认这也许能够满足大多数游客的心理需求,但是对于我个人而言,这是一个很值得怀疑的问题。

 

​作品中我展示了​我记忆中每一个我去过的景点都频频出现的(如木质的刀剑、玩具蛇、冰箱贴等)、极具旅游景点类型的纪念品(古镇的扇子、寺庙的佛珠、金属建筑摆件等),这堆纪念品都来自义乌。

 

装有水的玻璃缸:在“黄河”项目过程中,我带回了四瓶不同河段的黄河水,也是在尝试探讨事物价值的这样一个问题。因此,在这个装置中,我将一个盛有水的玻璃缸作为旅游纪念品的一个对立面也作为一个元素置入。

木材、金属、仿真丝绸:当我把一个自然的元素和旅游纪念品摆放在一起之后,这样的对比就更有意思了一些。一般印象中,自然的元素是没有固定的形象的,南方的石头和北方的石头会有什么不同吗?不是地质学家估计也很难分辨出来吧?上游的河水和下游的河水会有什么不同吗?好像也很难分辨。那么为什么旅游纪念品就能够代表这个地方的风俗文化和地方特点呢?是因为它们被加工成一个个具体的形象吗?如果我剥离去这个形象呢?我找到比较常见的并且有识别性的纪念品材料:廉价的木材、金属、人造的丝绸布料。虽然塑料和树脂也是常用的材料,但是这个元素在没有造型之前,它们本身也不具备形象,识别性弱,因此先不予以考虑。我把前三种材料撘成立方体,我想尽可能的把这些材料仅仅是作为材料展示,选择比较基本的几何形——立方体,试图弱化这些材料的形式语言而只是展示材料本身的特性。

 

白色立方体框架:在前面3个部分的展示之后,我发现这些物体的身份某种程度上都是人为赋予的。河水有河水的价值,是我附加的;纪念品有纪念意义,是旅游景点附加的。材料在作为材料之后,它就有更多的可能性了,木材不再只能是刀剑玩具,它也可以是桌椅板凳,其它亦复如是。那么是不是所有事物都是人为定义的呢?或者任何事物都可以附加上表达者想要表达的语言?剥离具体的形象之后我再次尝试剥离材质。我用白色覆盖框架,尝试覆盖掉制作框架的材质的特质,让它们仅仅是以一个抽象的形象存在。它们什么都没有,是不是就可以任由观众去填充他们的想法、理解与诉求了呢?

I created this work according to my tourism experiences and business model in my hometown. Tourist souvenirs look like the same and are lack of variety in China. I have seen that many times during my trips. Similar scenic spots, even far from others geographically, still sale identical souvenirs. It is the same with scenic spots in different types. Moreover, there is a city in my hometown called Yiwu which is famous as the biggest wholesale market of commodities in the world. Nearly half tourist souvenirs in China come from there. Its products evenare well sold overseas.

Thus I questioned value and significance of this sort of souvenirs.

I did an on-the-spot investigation in the wholesale market of commodities of Yiwu city. Most sorts of tourist souvenirs could be found and purchased at whole sale. I brought some representative souvenirs, such as wooden sword, toy snake, fridge magnet, fan of old town, Buddha beads, and metal ornament, and displayed them as a part of my work.

Then, I selected three common and easy-identified materials used for making souvenirs: cheap timber, metal and man-made silk. Plastic and resin were also common materials, but before shaping them, they did not have identifiable images. In my work, I tried to weaken materials' formal meaning and only display thier own nature. As a result, I set up the three materials into a cube - a basic geometric figure.

Water vat was the continuation of The Yellow River & The Kunstpodium T River. I wanted to create a dialogue between natural elements and artificial products.

After separating concrete images, I attempted to cover up texture of materials. Icovered those frameworks with white things, as well as the matcrials' nature. They have nothing, thus can audiences fill them with own ideas, understanding and requirements freely? Is the definition of everying given by human.