A contemporary and interactive art exhibition geared toward
young people opened at the He Xiangning Art Museum on Sunday.
Titled "Art Game," the exhibition features artwork by 16
avant-garde artists from China, South Korea and Japan. The works
are of multiple mediums, including painting, sculpture,
installation and animation.
"Through this game-like exhibition, we hope to bring a new sense
of the interactivity of art to the juvenile viewers and enable them
to gain a new way of looking at art," said the exhibition's curator
Chinese artist Xiong Wenyun's contribution is a kindergarten art
class. She has titled the workshop "Rainbow-Colored Pens: An
Experimental Painting Class for Children."
In an open and free classroom environment, Xiong leads
participating children in using drawing and painting to tell their
"Xiong's artistic pedagogy can change the mode of passive study
common among Chinese children, giving them a strong sense of
autonomous creativity both in classrooms and in their home
assignments," Feng said.
Chinese artist Chen Changwei's work is a collection of 12
Chinese zodiac figurines, cut and displayed in 66 pieces. The small
gray sculptures represent the fragmentation, distortion and
incompleteness of the artist's childhood memories.
The exciting part of Chen's work is that young viewers are
allowed to use seven acrylic pigments such as red, orange, yellow,
green, indigo, blue and purple, which the artist prepared, on any
piece they choose. The children can then hang their finished
artwork on one of 66 nails.
Japanese artist Fuji Hiroshi's work "Kaekko Project" uses
second-hand toys. In Japanese, "Kaekko" means both "exchange" and
"frog," and sounds quite childish when spoken.
Young viewers are allowed to trade their toys with the artist's
childhood toys on display. If a young viewer doesn't bring old
toys, he/she is encouraged to draw a picture of his/her favorite
toy from the exhibition and take the toy home after drawing it.
Using a digital video camcorder and other studio equipment,
South Korean artist Du Su-choi creates an installation, titled "I
Am the Sign Images."
The installation gives juvenile viewers a sense of the visual
and psychological excitement that the technological revolution has
brought to art.
In his work entitled "Graphic-Paper Notebook: A Game of Words
and Images," Chinese artist Yin Qi paints memorable feelings into
graphic-paper notebooks used by primary school students.
For Yin, painting has become a form of communication, like
speaking or writing.
"The meaning of Yin's work lies in how it extinguishes the
sanctity of art and the special nature of artist," Feng
Chinese artist Wang Tiantian's series of paintings, "To Van
Gogh: Life Is Like Summer Flowers," offers a new interpretation of
van Gogh's five classic "Sunflowers" paintings through mixed
mediums. Combining techniques of painting and paper-folding with
artistic language gives the installation a new vivacity.
Chinese artist Xu Bing's work "Telephone" is an experiment in
using different foreign languages to translate the same passage of
Chinese written text. His work seeks to demonstrate the gap between
the expression of an event and the basic implications of
The exhibition's organizers welcome group visits by the city's
kindergartens and schools. Please contact the exhibition's
assistant curator Jiang Nanan at 2692-0556 for more
(Shenzhen Daily June 20, 2006)