May 2019 SILVERSHOTZ contemporary photography art magazine: Fu Wenjun
Fu Wenjun– China
Misplacement– Digital Pictorial Photography
Wenjun explains that because photography istwo-dimensional, and if that definition is adhered to, then our expression withphotography would be limited. He likes to cross boundaries and not be boxedinto a stereotype, which is why many viewers exclaim – ‘it does not look likephotography’! allows him to redefine the traditions associated at the core ofphotographic arts. This term is now being referred to as a new genre in artlanguage. By blending elements of other media into his process, he creates abrand-new form of aesthetic visuals that reaches beyond the mere act ofrecording a photographic image. By embracing and combining a range of art formssuch as inks, Chinese painting and oil painting with his photography heachieves a comprehensive range of artworks that are unique.
The results are a transformation from therestrictions of two dimensions. Wenjun breaks with photographic norms to addlayers of mixed media to alter the current look and feel of current digitalphotography.
Eastblends with West
Wenjun’s works embody his thinking and reflectionon many issues related to history, culture and humanity between the East andWest. He identifies and embraces the relationship between different cultures inthe age of globalization. Some his work examines the heritage of traditionalChinese culture in a rapidly changing society, industrialization andurbanization in Chinese cities.
His artwork is just that – artwork, andphotography is the basic element. His images are powerful and compelling,colorful yet subtle, geometric yet fluid; they demand we investigate and becomeimmersed in a visual message. The “Misplacement” series combines the aestheticnature of ink with photography, and he hopes by presenting abstract images withsome philosophical thinking towards our changing world it encourages reflectionon what was and what is now. The clever use of a calculator is perhaps andillusion to a truth about the contemporary world we live in, but that is forthe viewer for interpret.
Another of his series titled “Ask Tea” wasinspired by the colors and geometric composition used by Impressionists andAbstract Art. Wenjun conveys to the viewers an old-style teahouse stillexisting in his hometown. He reflects that the world is changing is so fast,but some things never change, some changes are not for everything, foreveryone, for everywhere.
Wenjun is a Chinese contemporary artist whograduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. His creations are principally basedaround mixed media art including photography, installation, sculpture and oilpainting. His concepts and practice are themed as “Digital PictorialPhotography”.
His works are exhibited at significant artorganizations and international exhibitions: National Art Museum of China (Beijing),Museu Europeu de Arte Moderno (Barcelona), The University of Hong Kong (HongKong), Guangdong Museum of Art (Guangdong), Old Summer Palace Museum (Beijing),Today Art Museum (Beijing), United Nations Headquarters (New York), EsposizioneTriennale di Arti Visive a Roma, Florence Biennale, London Art Biennale, BiennaleInternazionale d’Arte del Mediterraneo, Triennale dell’Arte Contemporanea, 1stAsia Biennial/5th Guangzhou Triennial, XVIII Bienal de Cerveira,NordArt, the collateral exhibition of Biennale di Venezia 2013, entitled Voiceof the Unseen Chinese Independent Art 1979/Today.
He has gained numerous awards, including the first prize fromInternational Biennial of Contemporary Art in Argentina, “The Best Artist inthe World” at Tour Eiffel La Grande Exposition Universelle, International Award“Lorenzo il Magnifico” of X Florence Biennale, Global Art Award.
Hisartworks are collected by National Art Museum of China, Museu Europeu de ArtModerno, University Museum and Art Gallery The University of Hong Kong, TodayArt Museum, the Old Summer Palace Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, KennedyFamily, World Council of Peoples for the United Nations, Dazu Grotto Museum,Chongqing Art Museum, Guangdong Museum of Art, Société Nationale des Beaux Artsof France, Egypt Ahmed Shawki Museum and other significant organizations andcollectors.