尴尬 Embarrassed  
 
钟嘉玲 Zhong Jialing
 
尴尬
Embarrassed
 
主办:5Art Space
策展人:张嘉平
展览地点:广州市越秀区恤孤院路9号逵园三楼
展览时间:2017年3月17—2017年4月17日(周三至周日:11:00-19:00)
开幕:2017年3月17日下午14:00-18:00
 
Hosted by : 5Art Space
Curator : Zhang Jialing
Venue:3rd flood,No.9 Xuguyuan Road,Yuexiu District,Guangzhou
Duration:17/03/2017-17/04/2017(Web.-Sun. 11:00am-19:00pm)
Opening:14:00-18:00 Mar.17th
 
 
尴  尬
 
多年前,我曾在广州美术学院的第五工作室任课,负责影像课程。当时,钟嘉玲是班上一名学生,她和班上大部分同学对实验艺术很感兴趣,并开始了他们早期的艺术实践。
 
现在,钟嘉玲已成家,和丈夫育有两女儿。她仍以某种固执的态度(应是性格的使然)不时从惯常的生活中抽离出来,花些心思和时间来打量甚至是审视她的生活,用不同的艺术方式去处理她在生活中的思考,展现她真实直接的感受——这或许就是她与生活进行沟通的一种方式,能在自身最具体的触动及感知中产生创作的原初动力。
 
钟嘉玲创作尝试无限地接近生活的真实,切入更直接地参与生活的身体主体反应及由此延展的臆想,在创作中以某种方式被强化出来。有时像是在提问,但又说不清楚问题发生在什么地方,不一定有标准答案,只要短暂幻想的参与和代入——作品《闲置》由一篇关于去买文胸的怪诞短诗和从文胸内取出的铁丝并置构成;将暧昧场境和问题设置组合在一起的是摄影作品《谜》。录像作品有种令人一时不知怎么反应的情境——带有即兴的调戏成分的《副产品》,挑衅地发出令人疑虑或不快声响的身体动作既紧张又活泼、认真;《魅力训练》中的表情和动作模仿一些看似为了更有魅力(吸引力)而做的表演,一次一次重复。我问她为什么这样安静,不来点背景音乐什么的。她说:安静(地表演),才够尴尬,我意识到“尴尬”这个词语有可能是关键词,作为了解她作品的入口。在看《无名家庭录像》时,她说,家庭生活有时是很沉闷的——这作品显然是源于这样的感受和认识基础。我又想起“尴尬”这个词,当尴尬被延长,以致成为生活的持续状态,如常说的被什么搁置起来(在这里可上升到理论哲学的层面)。她似乎要拆解这样的现实,通过作品本身对于“尴尬”的荒诞呈现去面对或超越这些“尴尬”的生命日常。因此,对不同层次和形态的经验有限而积极的回应还是可以化“尴尬”为力量。
 
钟嘉玲似乎在恪守一个原则:作品控制在一定的现实基础中,不轻易产生虚无缥缈的想象(在文本的创作上她可能走得远一些),经借用改造、转换及编辑,便可形成作品。这次展览对她近几年作品做了一次梳理,作品主要包括录像,文本和摄影,展览现场的层次感在不同作品的互文结构中展开和演化。
 
张嘉平
 
 
 
Embarrassed  
 
Years ago, I was giving image courses at the fifth studio of GAFA. Zhong Jialing used to be one student of mine at that time, she was keen on experimental art just like most of others. All the students started their early-period art practice since then.
 
Today, Zhong Jialing already has her own family, rearing two daughters with her husband. But somehow she is still trying to step back and analyse her routine life with a certain stubborn attitude (which possibly ought to her personality). She will apply different art forms to her thoughts in order to show her true feelings more directly. This might be a way she communicates with her life and gain original motivation from the specific touching moments.
 
Zhong Jialing is attempting to make her works of art immensely close to real life. She is trying to emphasis, in certain way, the body reflection which is more practice-participated along with the imagination brought by the body object during the creation. Sometimes it is like questioning, while not sure what the question is about. Hence there is no standardised answer, only the participation and substitution of the  audiences’ instant imagination. The work <Idle> contains a piece of eerie poem about ‘going to buy bras’ and the iron wires of the bra frame; The digital image <Riddle> describes a combination of dubious situation and relevant question settings; With impromptu dalliance, the video performance <By-produce> will take the audiences to a hazy circumstance— in the video, the body aggressively making confusing, unpleasant sound, which is somehow drawing an intense, active and serious impression; The facial expression and the body movement in <Charm exercise> seem to be a repeated performance of imitating ‘charm’(attractiveness). I asked her, why is the video so silent, without any background music? Then she replied,  (to perform in) silence  has so much to do with embarrassments. Then I realised ‘embarrassed’ might be the key-word to understand her work of art.  When watching the <Untitled Family Video>, she stated that the family life is kind of boring sometimes—obviously the inspiration of this video stemmed from her personal experience and her fundamental cognisance towards it. Then I recalled ‘embarrassed’ once again—when the embarrassing experience expands, it will become a continuous state of life, for instance, it will be shelved (this could be further discussed in  theoretical philosophy). She attempts to disassemble reality and to confront and overcome the every-day embarrassing moments by absurdly presenting these embarrassments. Hence, the limited yet positive response towards the different level and form of experience could transform embarrassment into strength.
 
Zhong Jialing is insisting on one principle: her work must be controlled within certain degree of realism, without involving groundless imagination (but in the matter of text-creation she could be aimless in imagination). She creates her work by the means of remaking, transforming and editing. This exhibition is a summarised presentation of her works in recent years, mainly including videos, texts and images. The display of the exhibition is demonstrated and recreated in the intertextuality of the different pieces of works.
 
Zhang Jiaping
钟嘉玲  
1986  生于中国广州 
2012   毕业于广州美术学院,获硕士学位    
展览  
2016 好景不常在,中国上海 腾挪——一所民宅艺术机构的自治之维,盒子艺术空间, 中国深圳 
2013 情绪运动员,腾挪空间, 中国广州  
2012 第三届 “广州·现场” 国际行为艺术节,优游当代艺术中心,中国广州 以身观身——中国行为艺术文献展
2012,澳门艺术博物馆,中国澳门  
2011 那模糊的剧场,观察社,中国广州 相似与差异——广州澳门当代艺术交流展, 牛房仓库, 中国澳门 
2010  山寨——拷贝文化的研究,UferstraBe 8, 德国柏林  
2008 反现实主义,林雪平大学,瑞典北雪平 表达与姿态——第三届上海多伦青年美术大展,上海多伦美术馆,中国上海 
2007 第二届广东新青年大展, 广东美术馆,中国广州 果冻时代,上海美术馆,中国上海 
2006 余震 “What is Art” , 英国驻广州领事馆文化教育处,中国广州
 
 
Zhong Jialing
1986  Born in Guangzhou, China
2012  Guaduated from GAFA with master degree
Exhibitions
2016   You won’t be young forever, Shanghai, China
SABAKI-The Autonomous Dimension of A Private Housing Art Institution, Shenzhen, China
2013  Emotion Athlete, Sabaki Space, Guangzhou, China
2012  Guangzhou Live3- Guangzhou International Action Art Festival, Guangzhou, China
Inward Gazes: Documentaries of Chinese Performance Art 2012, Macao Museum of Art, Macao
2011 That Obscure Theatre, observation space, Guangzhou, China
Similarity and Difference_Guangzhou/ Macao Contemparary Art Exhibition, Ox Warehouse, Macao
2010  SHAN ZHAI_RESEARCHING THE CULTURE OF COPYING, UferstraBe 8, Berlin, Germany
2008  (ANTI) REALISM, Norrköping Konsthall, Sweden
‘囧‘ Expression and Attitude_The Third Shanghai Duolun Youth Art Exhi- bition, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
2007 “Go! Go! Go!” Guangdong Contemporary Art of Youth, Guangdong Museum Of Art, Guangzhou, China 
Infantization, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2006 “Aftershock Contemporary British Art Exhibition ‘What is Art ’Cam- paign ”,Cultural and Education Section of the British Consulate- General, Guangzhou