Majors: Fine Arts and Plant Sciences
Colleges: College of Architecture, Art and Planning and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
One of my current projects, Arts of the Present, is to question contemporary art and the art world. It is an extended project of a piece I made in 2015 titled The Arts after The New York Times for which I hand-copied The Arts page of The New York Times on newsprint paper using micropens, ball pens and pencils. In the copy, the images were eliminated but the general layout and the texts were kept as the same as the original without any re-creation of composition, font or content. As for the presentation of the work, I put it casually on the floor as if it is only a piece of trash, and a short statement was handed to the audiences:
I don’t know whether I am Anti-Art
I don’t know whether I am “poking fun at the ‘artist’”
I don’t know whether I am “reporting the current scene”
I don’t know whether I am in the process of celebrating process
I don’t know whether I am making copies
I don’t know whether I am making imitations
I don’t know whether I am interested in being a “Great Artist”
*Edited from the MoMA catalog of Sturtevant from 1971 in which she lists all that she is not.
When I started making The Arts after The New York Times, I felt very lost as an art student. I did not know what I was doing, where I was going, and how I should understand the contemporary art world. As the piece advanced, I gradually found out answers to a lot of questions that confused me for long, and most importantly, I started to understand who I am and who I want to be as an artist – for me, making art is about questioning, seeking for an answer and still leaving the questions for my audiences; I am not interested in giving my answer but giving my questions.
For the extended project, Arts of the Present, I hand-copy the arts page of local newspaper within a day. The copies with the short statement will be either left at a corner on campus (in newspaper boxes, racks, libraries and etc.) or sent out to artists, art critics, curators or other relevant people all over the world. An empty envelope with a return address will also be provided when sent out so the recipients can give feedbacks and send it back to me.
There are a lot of questions about contemporary art that I want to address from Arts of the Present (What can be considered as art? Is contemporary art world a post-conceptual art world? What is the position of representational/figurative art in the present day? Is the process more important than the final product? Is craftsmanship still that important? What is conceptual art? How important the physical form of a piece is? Is contemporary art trash? Etc.), but the basic concerns are what art is and what it turns into/is turning into in the contemporary era. The project also generates dialogues about the feeling of being lost and confused as an art student/artist in the contemporary art world.