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2020

Illusion maker

“我们生活在幻觉里。”人们觉得被欺骗,于是急迫的去寻找这个世界的真相和真理。

幻觉制造机是我在COVID-19期间制作的作品,我没办法出门于是在家思考一个微小的生物与整个世界的联系。
这个世界遍布着无数肉眼不可见的,大大小小无数场物质、物种、符号、以及不可知的秩序。从微观到宏观,摄影与绘画,隐秘的身体和不为人知的惊喜探索。
人眼与镜头之间,发展着的技术只能无尽接近人眼却无法真实还原,而技术已经可以突破许多人眼观察不到的地方。这系列作品有些绘画的“痕迹”,是我在探索微观世界中的意外发现。
摄影和绘画都是一种抽象化与具像化之间的调节,在我看来绘画语言和摄影语言的命运本身又有极大的相似之处———被同伙谋杀。两者的处境在我看来微妙非常,理性在作祟,具象不能不断走向抽象,一些随机与未知的会不断突破种种不被预料的交集。

“让我活在幻觉里吧!”人们发现真实的东西都太丑了,于是制造了幻觉制造机。

“We live in a vale of illusions produced by our brains. ” Disillusioned ones felt deceived and started to question the veracity of the world as is commonly considered “the real”.

“Put me back into the Vat!” The Illusion Maker came into being right in the time when the disillusioned looked into the ugly truth of things that lies under the surface.

In actual fact, the Illusion Maker was created during the pandemic’s height. As the sensual relation to ”Mother Nature” was occluded, my attention was naturally shifted to the small space, where I and hundreds of millions of tiny creatures live together, though going unnoticed for years.

The world is pervaded by countless things, either invisible to the naked eye or unfathomable to unreflective minds, be it microscopic, symbolic, mystified, or unknowable (probably in the Kantian sense). From the micro to the macro, photography to painting, hidden bodies to unknowable spirits, the uncharted territory is vast, but the most satisfying journey for a virtuoso of any sort begins right on the brink of the known world.

Through the lens, human faculties have been so magnified and augmented as to allow an ordinary person to observe what was so out of human reach in the past — planets light-years away, and to sense what was completely unobserved though existing with us since the very beginning — amoebae and photons. However, the inevitable question then is: do we actually see something through the lens, or is it just another type of creation of images as is with the case of painting?

A touch of artificiality almost resembling brush strokes I accidentally discovered when exploring in the Microcosmos inclined me to believe that both photography and painting oscillate between abstraction and representation, mediated by reason, and both are doomed to be obfuscated by their mediation.

在发挥作用的地方,不可避免地将代表的事物抽象为概念,而看起来抽象的事物则是具体的。紧张带来了不可能的可能性。

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