ARTNESS SYSTEM Interview with Fu Wenjun: Significant Contemporary Approach
By Asya Sevdalinova Dzhankova
Fu Wenjun, Chinese contemporary artist, was graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. He creates principally through the art media of conceptual photography, installation, sculpture and oil painting, and has put forward the concept of "Digital Pictorial Photography".
Fu Wenjun’s works embody his thinking and reflection on many issues related to the Eastern and Western history, culture and humanity, including the relationship between different cultures in the age of globalization, the heritage of traditional Chinese culture in a rapidly changing society, industrialization and urbanization in Chinese cities.
He has presented solo exhibitions at the Museu Europeu de Arte Moderno (Barcelona), the National Art Museum of China (Beijing), the Old Summer Palace (Beijing), at the Today Art Museum (Beijing), at theUnited Nations Headquarters (New York), at the Guangdong Museum of Art (Guangzhou) and at other international art organizations. His works are exhibited at significant international exhibitions, such as the Triennale dell'Arte Contemporanea, the 1st Asia Biennial / 5th Guangzhou Triennial, the XVIII Bienal de Cerveira, NordArt, the collateral exhibition of Biennale di Venezia 2013, entitled Voice of the Unseen Chinese Independent Art 1979 / Today.
Hello Fu Wenjun. Congrats to being selected as an interview artist. Could you please talk about your art background? You already selected many collection and opened many solo shows in all around. Do you work with your team?
Hello, first of all thanks for your appreciation on my art, and I am honoured to be interviewed.
I have worked on photography art for more than 30 years, and in recent years I put forward the art style Digital Pictorial Photography, a new art language and art school. Now with the focus on Digital Pictorial Photography, my art creation does cross over several disciplines, including oil painting, sculpture, installation and others.
I believe art creation is absolutely subjective, some impromptu things happen always. I work by myself, without a team. I don’t like that commercial art products seemingly produced by a factory. Each piece of artwork should be unique.
Which kind of creative inspiration does your art effected by? How do you convey messages with art?
I think almost everyone is curious about the question where the artist inspiration come from. But it’s really hard to answer. Not because I pretend to make it like secrets, just the artist sometimes does not know what inspires him to do like this, instead of like that. When the inspiration run into me, I could even don’t know. I just unconsciously follow the direction I believe could be right.
To me inspiration is a contingency in art creation. Compared with it, the knowledge of human society, history, culture, science and many other aspects, as well as artist’s attention and thinking on current social situation, development trends, problems are facing etc., would provide richer resources for his art creation.
Digital Pictorial Photography, a contemporary fine art photography style I create, integrates the pictorial features into photography art, and places dialogues with painting, sculpture, installation and other art forms, with my intention to extend the boundary of photography art. What’s more important, Digital Pictorial Photography is a photography art style developed from the base of Conceptual Art, so its focus is to deliver my concepts/messages of my thought and reflection about global or regional issues related to history, culture, human life, art, nature and so on. I always believe, a good artwork should be beautiful, but more important why should the artwork be there is that it could inspire people to think, possibly to the things people often get used to, but to think from another ignored point of view.
What are you currently working on?
From 12 October to 25 November Dairy Arts Center in the USA presents my solo exhibition, titled “Is It Photography?” It is true that when the visitors see my artworks, they can’t help to ask me the question, “Your photographs do not look like photography indeed. Is it photography?” Their reaction is not surprising. People have conceived of a set of standard on photography, which is deeply rooted in their mind and they make a judgement unconsciously when there is a photograph in front of them. However, I don’t think this is the unique way of photography. Photography art should have various ways of presentation. I have explored a lot on extending the boundary of photography art, to find much more fascinating possibility of photography art. At the same time, let people see these “new” photography art. What I am currently working on is having deeper thinking and doing further exploration of my Digital Pictorial Photography art.
Would you talking about your upcoming projects? What issues do you plan to produce?
In fact I have mentioned this above. At this moment my creation focus is Digital Pictorial Photography. Apart from its currently existing various ways of presentation, I am working on how to achieve more possibility which could touch deeper level of photography art, and the charm of this medium among the contemporary art. At the same time, I want my works to be more expressive on delivering my concepts and reflection towards various issues on the basis of a good integration with the style Digital Pictorial Photography, so as to have a breakthrough.
Could you please share your messages to global art market in your approach for artists who is new in the global art market?
Compared with regional art market, global art market would be wider and more complex. Someone said, do art is do business. I think it’s partly right. But artist is not businessman. Artworks do have the value as a commodity, but its artistic value is the value that other commodity don’t have. Therefore, I think being an artist, either emerging or established what he/she should insist on most and always is to treat art seriously, to do best on art, to persist on working hard, and to believe in art forever. The art exploration and creation will never stop.