The Garden of Forking Paths - Comments: Zhai Liang Solo Exhibition
Organizer: A Thousand Plateaus Art Space
Art Director: Liu Jie
Article Written: Xu Sheng
Artist: Zhai Liang
Opening: 3:00 - 6:00pm, March 16, 2013 (Saturday)
Exhibition Duration: March 16, 2013 - May 9th , 2013
Venue: A Thousand Plateaus Art Space, 87# Fangqin Street, Gaoxin District, Chengdu
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Both paintings and literary texts have the inherent ability - Narrative (painting itself can not carry its responsibility of the Vanguard, instead, it needs to return to its own tradition, to study issues more simply), particular in literary, a piece of writing will naturally suggest a series of images of the scene (screen of paintings), the impact and interrelation between them is the project’s origin.
“The Garden of Forking Paths - Project” is divided into three stages, which are separately implemented and finished during three years. The first stage is “The Garden of Forking Paths - Reader”, which has been presented in A Thousand Plateaus Art Space in 2011. This stage recognizes and treats literary texts from the perspective of “readers”, to explore how to show the meaning of literary in a visual way and how “the readers” understand literary, etc.. The second stage presented now is “The Garden of Forking Paths - Comments”. From the perspective of a literary critic, in a comparative way, it researches and rediscovers how the text narrative is built up, as well as the relationship between narrative text and painting ability (the ancient tradition). The third stage of the project, “The Garden of Forking Paths - Author” is going to be presented in A Thousand Plateaus Art Space in 2014. Assuming the artist to be “the author” (Borges), how will “the author” face the literary texts. It will reduce and reconstruct the author’s creative intent, process, and the mode of thinking as a literature writer.
In the section of “The Garden of Forking Paths - Comments”, we need to bypass the lure of the story into the the text for the implied clues and logic, which can be tentatively called “dark side” (in fact, it is an important way of understanding narrative, like the shadow in paintings, only with modification can things seem real), such as the psychological context in psychoanalysis, the text structure, etc..