Amulet — Jia Hongjun’s Thinking and Action
Exhibition time: July 4, 2020 to July 8, 2020
Artist: Jia Hongjun
Academic Director: Luo Shiping
Executive Curator:Xiao Ran
Visual Designer: Jia Xiaochen
Host: Poly Art Museum
Exhibition held by: Dayi Art Net Lianyi (Beijing) Technology Co., Ltd
Venue: Poly Art Museum, Murray Building, 9F, Dongzhimen South Street, Dongcheng District ,Beijing
Artist Jia Hongjun’s first solo exhibition “Amulet – Jia Hongjun’s Thinking and Action” opened on July 4, 2020 in Poly Art Museum. This exhibition concentrates on artist’s latest works created in the past two years. By integrating the traditional image of “Amulet」 with contemporary artistic form, the artist’s practice show a unique perspective based on his rich life experience, which has critical and realistic significance.
Artist Jia Hongjun
As an exhibition held during the epidemic period, Jia’s practice is also an 「Amulet 「— a blessing symbol to all human beings who are experiencing the epidemic. Regardless of location, profession or ethnicity, the exhibition wish every viewer can receive the sincerity from this artist and scholar who, through his work, conveys blessings.
Rocana Buddha Amulet ll
What is Amulet
After years of research on Chinese traditional culture, Jia Hongjun has created a number of contemporary artworks by using the form of 「Fu」 and 「Zhu」 of traditional culture. The artist uses his unique artistic language. By excavating contemporary expressions from the traditional Chinese vocabulary, Jia reconstructs them into a set of independent visual system – 「Zhu」 and 「Fu」.
Samantabhadra Bodhisattva Amulet
The 「Fu」 and 「Zhu」 in Jia Hongjun’s works correspond to 「painting」 and 「verse」, also indicates 「image」 and 「text」. The combination of visual image and text delivers a 「structural call」 to the 「implied reader」 in an unconventional way, and forms a new conceptual construction for fresh viewers. Jia hopes his audience can have a comprehensive view of 「Fu」 and 「Zhu」 by engaging their personal visual experience and timely understandings as a re-creating process to his works. Their participation and independent thinkings form the comprehensive construction and the final 「completion」 of the work.
The front of the work is 「Fu」(right side)
the back of the work is 「Zhu」(left side)
Artist Jia Hongjun explains the concept of the work to the audience
Contemporariness: the 「Enclave」 Land of Artist and Observer
In Jia’s works, it is not hard to find his profound thoughts and humanistic care. In the interview, Jia said, 「In the process of creating, I am totally in the context of contemporary art. There are so many ways to realize contemporary Art, but I just chose one of those. From the subject matter to the planning of my expressive system, then to the way of my thinking and problem analyzing, till the final appearance of artworks, I manage to distinguish my practice from traditional Chinese ink and wash painting, and I hope my audience can think with me. 」
Jia Hongjun is working
Each work is combined by many times of drawing. The artist hopes to carry a kind of responsibility through the practice of painting, and regard the whole process of his thinking and practice as a way of self-salvation, so as to realize a kind of 「sacrifice」 to art and the blessing objects. However, it can not be simply summarized as a 「religious sacrifice」, but also the practice and action of the artist himself.
Dragon King Summon Water Amulet
The inspiration of the background color of 」 Dragon King Summon Water Amulet 「: Dunhuang Grottoes 257 cave’s mural, Deer King Bunsen
Consistent with the concept of the work, the artist’s thinking is full of contemporary. From the theme and interpretation by the artist himself, it is not difficult to see Jia’s unique views on various phenomena in modern society, and his concerns on the nowadays way of life and the future of “human being」. In the face of various constraints and anxieties from reality, Jia also has his own chivalrous dream. As indicated in the 「Zhu」 of 「Freedom Amulet of Yema Palace on the Night of Buddha Ascension」, 「the spirit is not the body, the body is not the spirit, Extend all justice, to achieve the enclave Land 「. Art is an artist’s 」 Enclave 」 land and where he expects to yearn with the audience together.
Freedom Amulet of Yema Palace on the Night of Buddha Ascension
Artist Jia Hongjun interviewed
The Future of Amulet: The Original Intention of Art
In the process of creating an artwork, artists often come up with a lot of original intentions, just like mothers have expectations for their children. But artists may also face the reality, that is, art is art itself, thus it is difficult to bear so much hope for reality. In Jia Hongjun’s artistic practice, by appropriating the form of religious 「sacrifice」, he criticizes the realistic world with a kind of almost pathetic mood, and infinitely longed for a better life in the future. The instinctive yearning of human beings for beauty has lasted for thousands of years. This exhibition can be seen as a modern man’s wisdom of meditation after getting rid of the inertia of being raised.
Teng Snake Riding Amulet
As curator Gu Yun said in the foreword of the exhibition, “An important purpose of art is story-telling, but there is never fixed way to tell stories. I believe viewers would relate, and share the same mood of irreconcilable and annoyed when reading these paintings. Standing in front of certain works by the artist, you may recall a certain moment of joy or sadness, thinking or impulse from the past or in the future. 」
Curator Gu Yun interviewed
Art is supposed to tear apart the pleasant appearance and hypocrisy of carefree, in order to usher in Nirvana and obtain true knowledge trough self-transitive pain. The blessings of the exhibition and 「Zhu Fu” Amulet—the two wander between instinct and wisdom, pointing to a common purpose – the original intention of art.
The exhibition will held until July 8, 2020.
Jia Hongjun is painting
The Amulet of Eastern spring of Qing Emperor
Harmony Sound Amulet(one of 「Buddha Octave Series」)
Wisdom Sound Amulet(one of 「Buddha Octave Series」)