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Eternal Spiral II——Jame Jean

2023.04.22 - 2023.07.23
  • Art Director:
    Sunny Sun
  • Curator:
    Robin Peckham
  • Artist:
    James Jean
  • Organizer:
    A4 Art Museum
  • Special Support:
    Gallery All
  • Location:
    A4 Art Museum, LUXELAKES Eco-city, Chengdu

Exhibition information

James Jean sometimes seems to have fallen out of time; he’s inhabiting so much of the stuff—so much time!—all at once. These are syncretic stories that Jean retells in his new mythologies, drawing variously from ancient Greek and Biblical texts, plus a full range of folk stories ranging from the Germanic fairy tales to Japanese, Chinese, and Korean sources, as well as ethnographic research into the traditional costuming of West Africa, Tierra del Fuego, and pagan Europe. Elements from various cultural backgrounds merge under the artist’s brush and are shaped into a universally historical landscape, suggesting one art-history-making process, a gradual engineering of an assemblage of characters, environments, and plotlines. By creating a constant give-and-take between the diminutive moments of the everyday and the grand culture-scapes of mythology, the artist is able to evoke a collective global unconscious, a way of being outside of the self, and reveals the historical and cross-cultural aspects of his artistic creation.


James Jean encourages viewers to interpret his work in their own ways. His tendency to move seamlessly between European and Chinese painting traditions creates a unique focal point within the work, opening up possibilities for understanding it from a multitude of perspectives. By constantly editing, erasing, and redrawing to balance these different sources elements, Jean creates a whirlwind of energy, leading us along a spiral path.


This exhibition presents a series of paintings, sculptures, animations, sketchbooks, sketches, color studies, and prints, sharing James Jean’s artistic journey of more than two decades and analyzing his unique styles, techniques, and narratives. As we walk down the staircase into the artist’s ethereal state, we are also able to glimpse ourselves. Like the Descendent, we might feel like powerless individuals in the face of uncertainty; in reactivating our desire for conversation through these images, however, we are able to grasp out for each others’ hands in the eternal spiral.

——Robin Peckham

Installation Views



艺术有毒artdrug 2023-05-10 17:01 四川


落屋LUOWU 2023-05-10 17:08 四川

探展|无尽之旋 II:开启“异世界”的奇幻之门

天府文化人文会客厅 2023-05-05 17:12

多乐士带你走进艺术家James Jean简明西南首展“无尽之旋II”

多乐士 2023-04-28 20:01 上海


艺术栗子 2023-05-02 11:59 北京


乐游LETSGO 2023-04-28 19:55 四川

我采访了James Jean,帮你们问了他的配色思路

设计便利店 2023-04-26 11:11 江苏

James Jean 西南首展「无尽之旋II」正式开幕!

艺术壮士 2023-04-25 18:02 江苏


成都Big榜 2023-04-25 12:01 四川


成都BANG 2023-04-24 16:28 四川


在艺App 2023-04-22 20:10 上海

吴彦祖收藏他作品、林俊杰用它作专辑封面 艺术家简明个展在成都举行

川观新闻 2023.4.21 19:11 四川


四川观察 文旅新闻工作室 2023-04-21 22:06:27


天府发布 2023-04-22 17:23 四川


A4美术馆 2023-04-21 20:43 四川

无尽之旋II简明个展将登陆成都A4美术馆,Kokaistudios改造吉隆坡The Starhill

ELLEDECO家居廊 2023-04-17 09:30 上海


2023-05-06 12:03 北京

我是在看展,还是坠入一场梦? | 艺文指南

顶尖文案TOPYS 2023-05-25 09:16 广东

对谈简明 | 最重要的是我们的决心、洞察力和创造力

A4美术馆服务号 2023-05-29 13:52 四川


张朴好时光 2023-05-31 18:44 上海

这个时代拥有他,是所有人的幸运 — 专访亚裔艺术家简明

Complex中文 2023-06-22 22:41 上海

对话简明James Jean:无尽之旋,观与感之舞

ZiWU誌屋 2023-06-30 17:45 上海

NOW AT LAST | 简明 让直觉自由流动

MarieClaireNow 2023-07-11 14:00 上海


一筑一事 2023-07-13 19:36 四川


iWeekly周末画报 2023-08-03 12:31 上海

James Jean’s Fall into the Eternal Spiral of Art

CDRTV国传中心 Chengdu Plus 2023-09-13 20:28 四川