The area where Elder lived was in the center of the tribe, and the totem poles outside their tents naturally separated the road from the market. Elder waked up before sunrise to start the day: burning incense - praying - brewing tea - lighting tobacco - going for a walk in the forest - waiting for the sunrise.
However, today, there was no movement in the tent until the sun hits the ground vertically. The burning ground was bright and dry at noon, and occasionally a breeze swept across the ground and raised fine dust. Cries of insects in the grass and cicadas formed a layer of translucent sound waves, and the three tents under the shade of the trees looked like silent beasts.
Elder went elsewhere and left without warning, leaving everyone at a loss. Anxiety and suspicion quickly spread among the people, and stories made up of nothing quickly spread throughout the street, and people began to continue their previous lives in the end of the story. When night came, the insects stopped chirping and Elder's tent glowed with a dim light.
The room is located next to the tent, which is where I must pass every day when I go out. I do not know when the sound always becomes intermittent in this space. I tried to analyze the break points of these sounds, but finally I got nothing, there was no concern, no fixed length, and different sounds sounded more like strange languages under such blocking effect, with rich layers but unclear meaning.
It's like hearing a conversation on the phone because of a wire crossing. The intermittent sound has been around the room so far. Gradually I forgot about it, but the separated sound has become a part of the room.
The hexagonal screen in the cloister was an imported good, but Elder did not say much about the origin of the screen. In the days leading up to the festival, Elder spend a lot of time here, praying for rain or divining, we never know.
The mountain is a huge living thing, and each breath takes too long. Time is more of a parallel companion to it. It was late at night when I came to this valley, and in the thick night mist, there was the smell of plants mixed with water, and the deities gave off a pale white light. This time, Elder saw the transparent valley.
—"The Festival Invites You..."
After the alchemists in the palace had completed their alchemy,
the whole palace disappeared.
Through the wondrous acrylic jungle,
The rituals associated with the festival were repeated one by one,
Parades, bonfires, divination and sacrifices...
With the first beat of the drum,
Four chapters slowly unfolded:
From Elder to Chamber, Ambulatory to Valley
Every switch is a complete collective carnival.
But at the peak of the festival atmosphere,
there are only static prayers and nostalgia.
By the side of LUXELAKES, in the Rainbow,
A8 POP is waiting for you
to complete the final ceremony.
Production: Loopwave, puzaosi, A8 Design Center
Artistic Director: Zhou Fan, Liang Rui
Curator: Zeng Ziluo
Artist: Zhou Fan, Duan Luo
Sound Device/Parametric Model Design: Duan Luo
Work Production Coordinator: Duan Luo
Curatorial Assistant: He Zi, Liu Keqin
Visual Design: Zhou Fan, Yu Jiayue
Execution: Daxiong, Dasiyi
Exhibition Time: March 20, 2021 -- April 14,2021
Venue: A8 POP LUXELAKES Eco-City
Independent Artist. Living and working in Chengdu.
Since 2012 when he decided to make landscape as his focus, Zhou Fan has transformed his painting into a distinctive, compelling form of personal expression. In Zhou Fan's pictorial vocabulary, landscape is a metaphysical concept; a visual expression of space, or place, in which the contradictions between nature as an idea of a healthy realm and the terror that its raw state insoires, are given free rein. "Phobia" reflects Zhou Fan's fears about everything from global warming to contagious disease, from dissipation of privacy to the total destruction of all we know under the threat of a nuclear explosion. But for all the dark Nietzschean philosophy that underscores his aesthetic concept, Zhou Fan's paintings inject a delightful psychedelic brilliance to our perception of contemporary reality; landscapes in which you can wander and linger, and imagine a better world.
2019 Pollen: Zhou Fan Solo Exhibition, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai
2018 Phobia: Zhou Fan Solo Exhibition, OCAT, Xi’an
2020 A Spirit Was Seen from the window - Work Collection Cases of Chinese Young Artist Since 1999 , Hi art space, Shanghai
2019 Out of Ink: Interpretations from Chinese Contemporary Art, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey