In a blink of the heart
“In a blink of the heart” – Galerie Liusa Wang will celebrate solo exhibition of Guo Donglai on 8th September at Paris, the exhibition will last until 22nd October. There will be art installations from various series; each installation contains profound thinking about universe.
Guo Donglai is born in 1985 in Beijing. He studied art in National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts and Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna, and is now living and working in Bologna.
Mastered both in stage design and visual art, Guo Donglai is also expertised in Buddhism that he can write Heart Sutra effortless. However he does not limit himself in traditional ways to express art attitudes. Installation – one of the most expressive western contemporary art forms became Guo’s main method. Also in the combination of “place + material + emotion”, he presents the charm of mysterious Chinese wisdom on western contemporary art stage.
The artist mixed natural resources and industrial materials in to an occult combination, so that they can “separate” with each other, then apart from “object-image” status, they will show their “true” status. In Guo’s works, one can feel that he ignore his actual eyes but “see” an object as its original status; he compress “human” and “I”, and rise “wood” and “bone”, in order to surpass materialization, blur boundaries between creation and nature.
“A certain tree or a rock is an individual universe, they are boundless like sky, beyond any definition. If we regard tree and rock only as tree and rock, then the viewer materializes a tree or a rock.” said Guo Donglai.
Interestingly, this art theory taken from Buddhism is not limited in the East countries. The famous poet William Blake from the west world once deliberated the same idea through his poem: “To see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wild flower.” In other words, it is easy to name subjective view “trunk of tree” as “wood”; but it took humans thousands of years to objectively summarize it as “woody plants”. Even though, in most Buddhists’ view, if we don’t abandon the “owner” perspective to observe the world, the latter definition will still stay at the immature status. Therefore, it is very hard to give up the human subjective perspective and restore the nature. One can achieve that state only by getting out of superficial cognitive and feel true shape of objects in a self-perceived way, so that one can surpass “object-image” and see the real world.