Sep 09 2010
Artist Reception / Jia Aili

Reception for the Dharma Bums: Project Installation by Jia Aili
John Hartell Gallery, Sibley Dome, 5-7PM
 The exhibition will be on display until Friday, September 17 in John Hartell Gallery, Sibley Dome.
About the artist:
Living and working in Beijing, Aili narrates private moods rather than public events of modern day China. His intense and emotionally charged work reflects the individual's vulnerability in a rapidly changing society.
“In my fantasies I often feel that I am standing on the Golden Section, and then I draw a horizon; I’m actually facing the Yalu River and North Korea is miles away. This is the hometown of my childhood, Dandong. Memories from the 1980s and 1990s embrace stories in wide, open and empty spaces, our school, our playground and the land. My schooling, lessons of religion, and even my family background evoke specific representations of time and place. My grandfather is a Communist Party member whose shelves were filled with the yellow paperbacks of Lenin and Marx. Handling those books I barely looked at the text, I was fascinated by the pictures that consumed a part of my youth. As I grew older the radical changes in Eastern Europe seemed to be a joke to me. Yet we were hit by a real aftershock, gradually, to learn what had fallen. Later I began to question and believe that we students at that time were just were like the objects in an experiment, like the one which boils a frog with warm water, really just like a nightmare. I didn’t want to be caught up in such nightmares, yet your body just couldn’t help…”
-- Jia Aili
About Zhao Fang:
Zhao Fang is the director of Fun Art Space, which is dedicated to the exposition of Chinese contemporary avant-garde art.
About the curator:
Independent curator and critic Feng Boyi is responsible for organizing some of the most groundbreaking exhibitions of Chinese contemporary art in the last decade. In addition to his many curatorial projects Feng has served as the assistant editor of the China Artists’ Association newsletter, Artist’s Communication, since 1988. He helped to establish the Artists’ Alliance, a major online forum for contemporary art in China.