A4 Art MuseumExhibitions
Artist Case Study

The Flying People

2024.04.28 - 2024.05.26
  • Artist:
    Shuare Shizhu
  • Artistic Director:
    Sunny Sun
  • Curator:
    Ren Shuyi
  • Venue:
    A4 Art Museum, NO.3 Exhibition Hall and the Spiral Staircase (Building 21, No.18, Section 2, Lushan Avenue, Wanan Street, Tianfu New Area, Chengdu)
  • Organizer:
    A4 Art Museum

Exhibition information

“The Flying People” arrive bearing ancient branches which transform into paintbrushes and descend upon the exhibition space. This project begins with canvases blanketing the space, where the artist will paint live while also opening up the experience for public participation. During the project, if the artist is present, visitors entering the exhibition can freely converse with him and try their hand at creating art. If they happen to miss him, they can still pick up a brush and paint on the canvas area at will. As a participant, you might just become a figure within the artist’s painting.

Throughout the open painting process, space and time become the connection points for interactions between the artist and the audience. The awareness of time and space is an innate human capability, with internalized time and external space serving as fundamental forms of cognition, forming the basis for our perception and understanding of everything. The project’s continuous flow narrows the physical distance between the space and the viewers. The blank space starts as a point and transitions through time, constructing the existence of all things, thus making the unity of time, space, and painting more tangible, and authentically encapsulating the spirit of “here” and “now”.

Genuine interactions flowing through space directly touch upon the essence of human emotions. “Exchanging time for space” aims to slowly restore the vitality of life’s creativity. The dynamic space created with a sense of temporal succession paints both the retrospective look of remote ethnicities and the reflection of the modern society of concern, with the jointly created images displaying the trajectory of growth, shimmering with universal human emotions. Throughout the project space, participatory painting aligns with the rhythm of time’s flow, and the expression of space is also in motion. Observers can see traces of the public’s initial attempts to participate, the emerging outlines of new images, and the early explorations of future developments. Public participation is a lively progression, with the artist envisioning himself as a conduit connecting the past and future, space, and the aspirations of the audience.