ISBN : 978-988-17583-8-5
Publisher : Osage
Date Published : November 2008
Author : Ella Liao
Editor : Agnes Lin
Designer : Joseph Yiu, Max Tsoi for Osage Design
Curator : Ella Liao
Artist/s: : Dai Mouyu, Gao Lei, Jin Shan, Zhao Yang, Zheng Qiang
This catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition, The Plague of Fantasies held at Osage Shanghai from 01 November 2008 to 04 January 2009.
The Plague of Fantasies exhibition features photography works by Gao Lei and Dai Mouyu, paintings by Zhao Yang and Zheng Qiang, and video art by Jin Shan. As more and more exhibitions and art venues open in the city, artworks have suddenly taken over our life. Under all kinds of invitations, we travel between exhibitions, receiving visual bombardments, and trying to decode ideas and fantasies behind countless concepts. The information explosion has short-circuited our brain, leaving us aesthetically exhausted and sensually numb. We have almost forgotten the freedom and pleasure that art brought us a long time ago, when our ancestors dwelling in confined rooms were able to depict their inner landscape, achieving in this process an understanding of the universe and the spiritual world. To them, artworks as the end result are not as important. However, our society has stepped into an age of consumerism, and our needs and satisfaction can no longer be defined by the terms of traditional political economics. Our relationship with products has evolved into one that fits into the inner logic of a capitalist society. In this age of consumerism, our practical needs are replaced by stimulated and fabricated desires. Everything in life is consumable, and art is not excluded. Under such circumstances, how should one carry out artistic creation as an individual? This is the theme we attempt to tackle and is the reason why these five artists have been invited to participate in this exhibition.