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This Is My Life (90 Pieces)
2006 | oil painting Canvas
27 x 35cm x 90
USD 6***
CNY 2*** - 3***
USD 4*** - 5***
Song Kun b.1977 This is my life (90 pieces) Made in 2006 27 x 35cm x 90 oil on canvas Bibliography 1 "365—Painting Diary", Song Kun, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Graduate Thesis, 2006 2 "The Second Art Documenta: The Form of Ideas", by Pi Li, Hubei Fine Arts Publishing House, 2007, p. 102 3 "Chinese Contemporary Art: Present and Future", Zhao Li, China Youth Press, 2009, p. 334 4 Feathering: An Interview with Song Kun, Produced by Fang Fang, ASC Art Star Series, 2012, pp. 42-45 Publication 1 "Song Kun Song Kun", Universal Studios-Beijing, Beijing, 2006, inside page 2 Chinese Contemporary Art, DuMont Buchverlag, Cologne, Germany, 2007, p. 372 3 "Collection · Auction", Issue 4, 2007, Guangdong Education Press, 2007, pp. 116-119 4 "Pick the Cold Branches: Qiu Xiaofei and Song Kun Double Exhibition", Gu Mansion, Taipei, 2009, p. 4 Exhibition 1 "This Is My Life", Universal Studios-Beijing, Beijing, 2006 2 "Hammer Projects Song Kun", Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA, 2007 3 "Zhigu Collection Exhibition: Long time no see", Zhigu Space, Beijing, 2021 4 "This is our life", Cuppar Frontdesk Project Space, Beijing, 2022 Provenance Asian Private Collection Description Song Kun's diary style group painting "This Is My Life" has a total of 365 works. For a year starting from June 26, 2005, the artist described the life he experienced or a moment he observed in the form of painting on a large canvas. Each piece is completed on the same day and continues to be created for a year. The blank picture is the blank of the artist's life. After participating in the "Hammer Projects Song Kun" of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, this group of works was divided into four groups and entered into important public and private collections. The auction target is the 90 works in this group of paintings, which were created from March 29 to June 26, 2006. My creation has always been related to the expression of people's psychological emotions. From this perspective, I am interested in expressing flowing thoughts and emotions at any time. Diary-style painting is a suitable carrier for me. " Pulling away the distance of time, Song Kun's famous work "This Is My Life" will surely be a museum-level work recorded in art history. The stream-of-consciousness narrative and subconscious pause and synaesthesia embodied in the group paintings are the source of Song Kun's creative language; the introspection and philosophical thinking about "time", "memory" and "existence" in the group paintings are extremely subtle and philosophical. In addition, in the century-old history of modern art in China, this group of works is like a cry in a whisper, and with delicate observation, it has achieved an irreplaceable art history case in a forward era. In 2006, Song Kun's solo exhibition "This is My Life" curated by Pi Li was opened at UNIVERSAL STUDIOS-BEIJING, and exhibited her diary-style group painting "This is My Life", which she has been creating for a year. From June 26, 2005 From the beginning of the day to the end of June 26, 2006, for 365 days, she used painting to "write" a diary. At the speed of one per day, she established the relationship between her and life with intuitive visual means. Through specific descriptions every day, a series of daily fleeting emotions such as love, growth, happiness, longing, fear, desire, and confusion are collected on the canvas. When the 365 works are presented at the same time, the artist's interpretation of the times and the return of the heart will bloom from the canvas. The artist's sensitivity and warmth, wisdom and calmness simultaneously point directly to the hearts of every viewer. The seemingly realistic 365 works of "This Is My Life" are not Song Kun's records of the real life of the day, but the recollections of the past, the present, and the future. A variety of techniques and styles appear in the works, which are unified in a unified mood. A large number of continuous creations have become the means for the artist to solve the art and the soul at the same time. As early as 2004, Song Kun tried to treat the paintings to be drawn every day as a blank grid. Like filling in the blanks, she injected the present time into the content of her past life to fill the blank grid. At this time, time is no longer abstract in each grid, but becomes tangible. In June 2005, she began to create "This Is My Life" for a year, the content came from Song Kun's decades of life from childhood to adulthood. She took a lot of photos before, and then sorted the photos by subject or emotion, and put a label on the side of the album, here is "body", there is "friend", here is "hometown", there is "love" "and many more. Get up every morning, eat, and then pick a photo from the photo album that feels like that day to draw. But her mood changes every day. For example, she is very relaxed today, or she is more excited, so she chooses a more modern one, performing in a bar or drinking with friends. Tomorrow is a bit decadent and nostalgic, so I choose the past to paint. Every day we shuttle between tradition and present, past and future, all in a state of ease in meditation or self-entertainment. The creation at this time has become the main way for Song Kun to establish contact with the outside world. This kind of experience may have been formed when she was three or four years old, "I started drawing when I was three or four years old, I didn't like to talk at that time, I stayed by myself most of the time every day, imagined the world, and put it a little bit draw it." After Song Kun went to primary school, there was a class called "Labor Skills Class". The content of each class was different. Paper cutting, making dolls, and making things from various wastes were also the years when she became really interested in art. . But she is not good at thinking about her life logically. It is reordered according to different emotions every day, such as the light spot in the tree shadow outside the window, and occasionally a piece of debris leaks from the gap and falls in front of her, let her put it in In the painting, she will not stay in a certain fragment for too long, she just wants to follow the flow of consciousness and wear the whole life. Painting has become the main way of her life. Basically, she walks like this for part of every day. This becomes her natural barrier to protect herself from being disturbed by the outside world. She uses this method to ensure that she can retreat to a certain location at any time. Staying in a corner safely, quietly observing, among those seemingly ambiguous details, becoming a discoverer of collecting life, and then combining the descriptions of these images to form what you want to create an independent world that belongs to her . When Song Kun painted "This Is My Life" in the way of a painting diary, he initially obeyed his intuition, and later formed a method. After painting for a period of time and putting the works together, watching them stand still like silent films, the life she has experienced, as well as herself and her friends, strangers, love, fear, growth, confusion or A happy life becomes so silent in front of us, soft and friendly, no matter how bright and dazzling the scene is, it becomes like a world away. Those painful experiences and hatreds that have been given by time have become love. The past proves that the world in front of us is no longer so dull and numb, but is covered with a layer of virtual beauty. In the field of art, the expressions of time, daily life and the way of individual existence have their own traditions. The literature "Reminiscence of the Years Like Water", "Shouting in the Drizzle", the movies "Eating and Drinking Men and Women", "Days and Nights in Tianshuiwei", etc. The basic characteristics of such works are to be fascinated by time and the details and experiences of daily life, emphasizing the individual's psychological time and feelings, and the creation of inner monologues is closely related to the way of passing time. Unlike the diary of an autistic person, Song Kun's way of drawing a diary is not entirely used to show her private life feelings. For her, it is more important to find a suitable way to spend time. In this process Achieving meditation and finding possibilities for further "self-optimization" in it. Each generation has the perspective of a generation, and when Song Kun's thinking and creation are placed in the history of Chinese art for a century, we can find her more valuable. Looking back at the history of art, what we finally see is how artists face the fundamental issues of time, life and existence. From this perspective, art is the same as the spiritual history of human beings, and there is no innovation in its essence. The job of an artist is to continually create new ways of interpretation. From the 1920s to the 1930s, most of the first-generation Chinese artists living in France and Japan, such as Lin Fengmian, Xu Beihong, Liu Haisu, Wu Dayu, Li Shu, etc., had returned to their hometowns and carried out many artistic movements. Art is art and art is life. By the outbreak of the Anti-Japanese War, art moved from art to the public, new woodcuts were emerging, and the art of the Anti-Japanese War ignited the whole country. From the victory of the Anti-Japanese War to the early days of the founding of the People's Republic of China, art was a return and fusion. By the seventeenth year of the founding of New China, art was red. In the late 1970s, with the nameless and the stars, art was created for freedom. In the 1980s and 1980s, art presented the reflections of a generation. In the 1989 Modern Art Exhibition, art finally broke through the form, with more concepts and behaviors. In the new generation of 1991, art has become the daily routine of looking at relatives and friends around them. By the late 1990s and early 2000s, art went through the pop, pop, and cartoon generation. Song Kun is a generation born and raised after the Cultural Revolution. Her growth has been accompanied by the most development and transformation of modern China for decades. She did not go to politics or cartoons, but to undertake Liu Xiaodong's art and take a step forward. Turning to the "insight" of her own spiritual world, a little girl's growth is laid out, family affection, friendship, love, happiness, growth, confusion, hardship, fear, desire, etc., her diary is open, it is It may not be what life really looks like, but this is the real life in her psychological time. In it, we seem to have found our shadow again. So far, Song Kun has opened a window for any of us to look at ourselves, gain freedom, and establish contact with the outside world.
Auction date:
24 Jul 2022
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