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MAO GUAN SHUAI

STARING MOMENT

 

I have always been in the habit of taking photos by using iphone to record my life .Many of these records are the smallest, most overlooked moments in life, such as a rusty, dusty screw in the corner. As much as I love the beauty of these still objects, I haven't thought of making them formal in the past, just as a hobby for myself. I've been trying to incorporate still life pieces into my sculptures recently and the process has made me very exciting.

First of all, it's not enough to just photograph these little pieces of still life. You can only feel one angle in a photo. In addition, it is difficult to express spatial relations in photos. But the sculpture is different, it is three-dimensional itself, with a sense of space. I can also freely match the arrangement and combination of several monomers, and different combinations can achieve completely different expression effects. When taking photos, I am very concerned about the natural state of the subject, I only take notes, do not make changes, only consider the composition and shooting Angle. But the process of creating a sculpture is completely different. I sketch to the real thing, adding a lot of my own thinking in the process.

In terms of expression, I think "real" and "like" are two different things. I don't
want to make it real, I just want to make it like. It looks like a lemon, it looks like an apple, that's right. I think this process is a form of deception, which tricks the viewer's brain. One morning, my family nearly threw my work into the trash as real peel, which served my purpose. But if you compare the real fruit with my work, you will find that it is far from the real thing, the details are completely different. But it doesn't matter. I lied to your eyes.

Our eyes are constantly sending messages to the brain as we look at the world. For example, if the eye sees something big and black and square and flat with a light on the bottom, the brain knows, oh, it's an LCD TV.  Or, for example, the eye sees a long orange-red pointed object with green leaves on top. Oh, this is a carrot.  Our brains make judgments based on the shape and color of objects. When I think about it, I realize that I was doing two things when I was doing this series. I first carved out the shape of the object with wood and then colored it with paint. In this process, I kept thinking and analyzing which features to achieve, and which features were irrelevant and could be discarded. It's interesting to create my own product with my subjective mind, instead of having to live up to the concept. For the viewer, if you try to fool his eyes, he will find the experience interesting.

In addition, the still life sculptured can fully express the concept that time has stopped, which is also the most important. I wrote The Lost Man before, which expressed the flow of time and space. The series of still life objects can express the stop of time, just like the camera records a segment of life with 1/1000th of a second. Although the objects are still life (In this case, it means organic matter), they are not static, on the contrary, they are constantly in contact with the environment, the air and change themselves. The discarded peel goes from filling to shriveling in a day, then slowly rolls up, and the color slowly darkens and stops being bright, so it changes shape and color. I record these fragile, fleeting scenes and emotions in the form of sculpture in order to stop time at this moment. I enjoyed watching them from a distance when they were finished, as if time had stopped in the glass and I was staring at them from beyond.

​​MaoGuanShuai

2017.2

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