This project is an attempt by the artist to work within the tastes of the exotic, however the artist has not rigidly adhered to the cultural symbolism of dialogue or modes of social research. Rather, the artist follows his own typical aesthetic interests, beginning with designed action involving a process of ‘fangshan’, a traditional practice across Buddhist countries in Asia involving the release of captive fish into the rivers. This arises from sporadic behaviour such as the impact of natural ecologies, the understanding of the viewers in relation to the work, or also by the self-reflections of the audience. The artist avoids interference and merely works to provide clues, whilst he also refrains from specifically pointing to certain answers. For example with his series ‘Route’, his visual games lead to the viewer searching for entry and exit points, but they are based on the viewer’s individual experience or collective memory – this can also be understood within the terms of certain texture of abstraction found in Asia.
Up to the present, art forms are already continually reproduced. Different kinds of figurative and abstract painting, photography, performance video, or with performances; the rationale behind each form is constantly used because these forms have become validated. So even if the interest is continually progressing, our notion of artistic expression remains the same nonetheless.
For this exhibition, the artist perhaps avoids a particular attention towards the final outcome. More precisely, there is greater attention paid to suggesting new viewpoints and modes of reflection. The artist does not require everyone to understand his original intentions, but the exhibition is still able to transfer a certain message – knowledge can be realised through all kinds of methods and not just through the form of knowledge itself. It is precisely from this perspective that the artist wishes outside individuals to become involved with the work, so that local aesthetic experiences can produce collisions and seek out resonances. Strictly speaking, culture is a form of commonality or more so a form of reciprocity. It is simultaneously something impossible to predict; like a run away horse, you never know what direction it is heading towards.
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