Awake without Obsession by Ye Funa

Awake without Obsession by Ye Funa

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About the artist:

Funa Ye (born 1986, in Kunming, China) works in varied media includes video, Photography, installation, performance and participation projects. Funa’s practice is mainly concerned with the relationship between the realities of everyday life, the perceived connection between authority and many areas of social life such as different power structures, ethnic groups, and the fictional space of propaganda for the concept of ‘perfection’ in an ideological system, and utopian landscape. Therefore, the work is politically charged, subtly engaged in pastiche as a satirizing style of propaganda. The work of Funa is rich in reference, parody and irony of the uniformity of cultures. Recently Funa became a social activist. She is organizing some internet based participatory, crowd - sourcing projects, such as Exhibitionist: Curated Nail and Peep Stream. She is using the internet to work with people, questioning how the art system may be incorporated into our private lives and social activities. Recent exhibition include “We=Link: Ten Easy Pieces”, Chronus Art Center (Shanghai); Art Center Nabi (Seoul); and Rhizome of the New Museum (New York), 2020;“Flow Out”, Bilsart, 2019;“From Hand to Hand”,Nottingham Cotemporary,2018 and “Alternative Cinema”,Metro Pictures,2017. 


About the poster:

“I’ve always found it fascinating that people believe Vincent van Gogh’s art was borne from pure obsession and talent, bordering passion and madness. When researching the time he spent in London and reading his letters, I noticed how very diligent and logical he was. He was working as an art dealer, tirelessly studying how the art world works. When he started painting, he was a treasure trove of knowledge, and it was this that helped him develop his method and become an artist. the process is unrestrainable, logical and it makes sense - at least more sense than creating art purely out of passion. The focal point of my poster is the slogan 觉而不迷. Coming from the teachings of Buddhism, it says that ‘understanding frees our minds from obsession’ because we are awake and see things in their real light. I used my hands to cover the mountains, mimicking the landscape and showing that I am present in the moment - self aware and awake, without Obsession. I see Vincent van Gogh as someone being awake and without obsession.” - Ye Funa

Poster details:

420 x 594 mm (A2)
Digital Print on 230gsm Matt Paper
Edition of 45 (plus 5 APs)

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