“Ask Tea”, inspired by the colours and geometric composition used by Impressionists and Abstract Art, I tell the viewers an old-style teahouse still existing in my hometown. Drinking tea, talking about the world is still a way of life in a corner of the ever-changing city. The world is changing so fast, but maybe not for everything, for everyone, for everywhere.
“Ask Tea №1”, Fu Wenjun, Digital Pictorial Photography, mixed media, 30x30cm，2018
“Ask Tea №2, №20”, Fu Wenjun, Digital Pictorial Photography, mixed media, 30x30cm，2018
“Ask Tea” installation view, Fu Wenjun, Digital Pictorial Photography, mixed media, 2018
Venice Biennale 2019, entitled May You Live in Interesting Times, pays close attention to the human society with the present tense. Also, in 2019 I create the photography mixed media series 1980’s, which perhaps can be said to cut into the reality from the past, and to introduce the problems that we need to think in a dynamic trajectory.
China in the 1980s was thriving under the policy of reform and opening up. People left the farmland that they had survived on in their hometowns and entered the cities to fight for a better life. Those mottled portraits seem to be the faces of these people who were once confident, and perhaps to be the faces of whom are now old and exhausted. The large-scale population movement that began in the 1980’s has accelerated the construction and development of many Chinese cities. While today, the country has many monotonous and boring urban landscapes filled with high-rise buildings. Cities have too many resources and attract more people to gather. It is getting bigger and bigger, but the resources that each one can be allocated are really limited. In the bustling city, the living space of many people is gradually being squeezed. I witnessed the 1980s, and I am also one look on and reflect, but I don’t know where the future will push us into.
“1980’s №1”, Fu Wenjun, Digital Pictorial Photography, mixed media, 50x50cm, 2019
“1980’s №2”, Fu Wenjun, Digital Pictorial Photography, mixed media, 50x50cm, 2019
“1980’s №3”, Fu Wenjun, Digital Pictorial Photography, mixed media, 50x50cm, 2019
“1980’s №4”, Fu Wenjun, Digital Pictorial Photography, mixed media, 50x50cm, 2019
Harmony in Diversity
Harmony in Diversity can be seen as a variant of A Wind from Yesterday, in which Fu Wenjun replaced the Euphrates poplar with the overlying of Western classic sculptures and Chinese ancient paintings. Then the dialogue between nature and civilization has evolved into the dialogue between Chinese and Western culture. It is evident that they represent two completely different aesthetic ideals: the Western sculptures pursue a perfect form, while the Chinese paintings adore the light and intangible spirit. Nevertheless, with the overlying performed by Wenjun, they do not appear to be inharmonious. In his own special way, the artist interprets the harmony in diversity, which represents a wisdom contributing to the continuous development of Chinese civilization and which can untie the hard knot of culture diversity and clash of civilizations. — — Peng Feng, Professor at Peking University School of Arts and curator of the Chinese Pavilion at the 54th Biennale di Venezia.
“和而不同”系列可以被视为“昨夜西风”系列的变体，傅文俊将胡杨树的照片替换为西方经典雕塑和中国历代名画的叠加。于是，自然与文化的对话，就演变成为中西文化的对话。追求完美形体的西方雕塑与崇尚虚灵气韵的中国绘画，代表两种全然不同的审美理想，但是当傅文俊将它们叠加起来的时候，却没有丝毫违和之感。傅文俊以自己特有的方式，诠释了和而不同。和而不同是中华文明赖以长盛不衰的智慧，今天也只有它才能解开文化多样性与文明冲突之间的死结。 — — 彭锋，北京大学艺术学院教授、2011年威尼斯双年展中国馆策展人
“Harmony in Diversity №1”, Fu Wenjun, Digital Pictorial Photography, 105x180cm ，2016–2017
“Harmony in Diversity №1”, Fu Wenjun, Digital Pictorial Photography, 105x180cm ，2016–2017
“Harmony in Diversity №1”, Fu Wenjun, Digital Pictorial Photography, 105x180cm ，2016–2017
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Fu Wenjun's Digital Pictorial Photography
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Fu Wenjun’s creative output can be summed up by his term Digital Pictorial Photography, which he uses to redefine the traditions found at the core of the photographic arts. By demonstrating the complementary relationship of photographs and other modes of artistic practice, Fu Wenjun transforms what may seem to be an inaccessible message into a highly approachable concept that can trigger critical thought about history and humanity.
Neighbors, Fu Wenjun, Digital Pictorial Photography, 140x1200cm 2009
Illusory Metamorphosis No.8, Fu Wenjun, Digital Pictorial Photography, 110x140cm, 2009-2011
Thought Reading No.2, Fu Wenjun, Digital Pictorial Photography, 110x140cm 2009-2011
350 B.C., Fu Wenjun, Fu Wenjun, Digital Pictorial Photography, 140x175cm, 2014-2015
Food Is the God of People, Fu Wenjun, Digital Pictorial Photography, 140x175cm, 2014-2015
Among the Clouds, Fu Wenjun, Digital Pictorial Photography, 140x175cm, 2014-2015
June Snow, Fu Wenjun, Digital Pictorial Photography, 100x100cm 2017-2018
Crying Osprey, Fu Wenjun, Digital Pictorial Photography, 100x100cm 2017-2018
Dubai Fish, Fu Wenjun, Digital Pictorial Photography, 100x100cm 2017-2018
2019, “Digital Brush: The Photographic Process of Fu Wenjun”, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China;
2018, “Is It Photography – Fu Wenjun Digital Pictorial Photography Solo Exhibition”,
Dairy Arts Center, Boulder, USA;
2017, “Introspection of Soul. Artistic Expression in the Digital Pictorial Photography of Wenjun Fu”, Museu Europeu de Arte Moderno, Barcelona, Spain;
2017, “Harmony in Diversity --- Fu Wenjun’s Digital Painting Photography Exhibition”, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China;
2017, Esposizione Triennale di Arti Visive a Roma, Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome, Italy;
2017, London Art Biennale, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London, UK;
2015, “Thoughtful Images --- Fu Wenjun’s Abstract Photography Exhibition”, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China;
2015, XVIII Bienal de Cerveira, Forum Cultural, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal;
2015, Nord Art 2015, Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Büdelsdorf, Germany;
2013, Voice of the Unseen Chinese Independent Art 1979/Today, collateral exhibition of Venice Art Biennale 2013, Arsenale, Venice, Italy.
2012, International Excellent Art Prize, World Chinese Arts General Meeting, China;
2014, First Prize of Digital Art of the 2nd International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Argentina, International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Argentina, Argentina;
2015, International Award “Lorenzo il Magnifico” of X Florence Biennale, Florence Biennale, Italy;
2016, “Visitors Chosen Artist” at Triennale dell’Arte Contemporanea, Triennale dell’Arte Contemporanea, Italy;
2018, Digital Art winner of Best Global Artist Awards, Global Art Awards, UAE.
2018, “Catalogo dell'Arte Moderna No.54”, Cairo Publishing, Italy;
2018, “Art Comes from Life”, Enid Parker, Khaleej Times – City Times 19April, 2018, the United Arab Emirates;
2018, “Carefully Managed Image: Photo Artist Explores Abstract Concepts to Create 3D Sculpture”, Deng Zhangyu, China Daily 1 July, 2018, China;
2017, “Fu Wenjun, fotografia e tradizione cinese”, Daniela Malabaila, BIANCOSCURO, Italy
2017, “Fu Wenjun, A Wind from Yesterday”, Clive Waring, Silvershotz, Issue April 2017, USA;
2016, “International Contemporary Masters XII”, Despina Tunberg, Thomas Tunberg, World Wide Art Books, the USA;
2015, “Most Important Modern and Contemporary Artists”, Salvatore Russo, EA Editore, Italy;
2013, “The Wiser’s Game, An Interpretation of New Works by Fu Wenjun”, Fu Wenjun, Art Gallery Magazine Issue 180, China.
2019, Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghai, China.
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Daily Art Magazine: A Feeling of Nostalgia, Art by Fu Wenjun
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对二维平面的突破是以装置的形式实现的。装置（突出于画面的小方块）将平面摄影裂变为三维空间，形成视觉前景与背景，形成图像符号的同构性与异质性。美国艺术史家迈耶·夏皮罗（Meyer Schapiro）将抽象艺术中的非拟态因素（non-mimetic elements）视为形式分析的要素，认为由背景、边框、位置/比例与视觉透视形成的形式调整能够形成不同的视觉密度或视觉张力，这直接决定了对视觉图像作品的解读。在傅文俊的作品中，当前景图像与背景图像彼此脱离（同时彼此粘连）后，很难说清是背景衍生出前景，还是前景连带出背景。在突破二维图像的形式框线后，装置作品呈现出剧场性（theatricality）特征，装置的剧场性特征使观看者凝视图像的过程中，进入图像叙事的场域，拓展了作品解读的可能性与开放性，更能引发观看者的审美共情。
Analysis on Chinese Contemporary Artist Fu Wenjun Digital Pictorial Photography
by Mao Qiuyue
Chinese contemporary artist Fu Wenjun proposed digital pictorial photography in the early 21st century.  Digital pictorial photography is a combination of painting elements through digital post-adjustment and multiple-exposure photographic images to reveal unique visual effects. It emphasizes the rediscovering and reuse of image resources.
April, Fu Wenjun, Digital Pictorial Photography, 100x100cm, 2017-2018
How does Fu Wenjun create his works?
Fu Wenjun once summed up his creative means as such: “My concept will be expressed by means of collage, juxtaposition, etc.”  Collage is to integrate elements which are not related to each other, thus having an effect of challenging people’s stylized cognition. Juxtaposition is the act or an instance of placing two or more things side by side, often to compare or to create an interesting effect. Collage and juxtaposition are important methods in western modern and contemporary art. They were initiated by the masters of early 20th century modern art such as Pablo Picasso and Gorge Braque, culminating in the hands of postmodern artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol. However, the difference is that the post-modern juxtaposition of Western art largely cancels oppositions, while Fu Wenjun sharpens the opposition between different items, thus creating a tension on the two-dimensional surface.
Crying Ospresy, Fu Wenjun, Digital Pictorial Photography, 100x100cm, 2017-2018
Where does the artist’s intellectual resources come from?
Fu Wenjun’s creative thinking reflects the combination of the East and the West. In Fu Wenjun’s artworks, some characteristics of Chinese traditional art are very prominent, such as the conflict between cavalier perspective and focus perspective, the interpenetration of ink smudges and colors, and the organic combination of vividness and subjective expression. While getting rid of the shackles of documentary photography, Fu’s digital pictorial photography captures Chinese ink painting elements, embodying a touch of freehand brushwork. Fu often likes to reflect on Chinese tradition, history and religion in his works, such as Twelve Zodiac, A Wind From Yesterday, Ask Tea, East Wind Blew Again Last Night, etc.  This is a way of bringing history back to the present on one hand, and emphasizing the impact of modern lifestyle on Chinese tradition on the other hand.
Fu Wenjun integrates the essence of modern and contemporary art such as Dadaism, Abstract Expressionism, conceptual art and pop art. His digital pictorial photography shows a modernist sense of homogeneous space with postmodernist collage techniques. The so-called “homogeneous space” refers to the fact that since Edward Manet, modernist paintings have deconstructed the three-dimensional surface, abandoned the story-telling genre and revealed a two-dimensional effect, which finally culminated in Jackson Pollock’s all-over paintings.  According to many art historians, modernism have been moving toward abstraction, but this is not a deliberately designed route. Such trend has exerted a strong influence on later artworks.
Gondola's Waiting I, Fu Wenjun, Digital Pictorial Photography, 60x60cm, 2017-2018
Fu Wenjun uses a variety of media deftly. Rosalind Krauss once pointed out that artworks after the modernist paintings have greatly broadened the connotation of “medium”. A medium can be something solid, or it can be a behavior itself. In other words, artists’ medium is no longer restricted to specific things; it exists in the field of communication with the audience.
As an artist living in the southwestern province of China, Fu Wenjun has been trying to show the collision between traditional national culture and contemporary culture, which is an important theme in his works. The subtlety and the subjects reflect Fu Wenjun’s oriental background, and his artworks show a spiritual lineage to the West.
Orderly Disorder, Fu Wenjun, Digital Pictorial Photography, 60x60cm, 2017-2018
How to understand Fu Wenjun’s abstraction?
To explore the possibility of abstraction is Fu Wenjun’s another concern. It is more than a pure formal question. The abstraction in digital pictorial photography is similar to the “semantic abstraction” proposed by British scholar Harold Osborne, that is, “incomplete or limited reproduction of natural appearance.”  This technique allows the author to give full play to his personality and imagination. The images in Fu Wenjun’s works are distilled either from the real world or from other works of art.
Abstraction is a method for the artist to understand the world. It does not mean being out of touch with reality. Free from objective representation, the artist reshapes the world for expressive purposes. In Fu Wenjun’s work, images that people take for granted are broken up and then rearranged, allowing the audience to see the world through the artist’s eyes and then to think differently. In these works, both abstraction and reproduction are not purposes, but means.
Modern scientific research has shown that people’s understanding and appreciation of abstract elements in artworks are deeply rooted in their basic cognitive abilities, and abstraction is not too high to be popular.
Human Nature for Food No.1, Fu Wenjun, Digital Pictorial Photography, 60x60cm, 2017-2018
What does the artist want to tell us through his work?
Fu Wenjun is committed to showing the interaction of different things. Based on photography, his works explore many possibilities of artistic expression. The works of art that we have seen today have more or less abandoned the shackles of a large amount of substantive content in reality. The artist uses documentary materials as his basis, and incorporate his contemplation on Chinese culture. In recent years, works such as Ask Tea and Red Cherry have become more experimental, which shows that his grasp of the work is getting better and better. 
To arouse people’s awareness of art’s critical function is Fu Wenjun’s aim. As Fu said in an interview a few years ago: “Digital pictorial photography is an attempt to propose some meaningful topics through the medium of photography. I hope it will lead people to think deeper. Everyone will have his/her own understanding. There is no definite answer.”  Fu Wenjun believes that contemporary art is critical, and it is not a game of speculation and recreation. The responsibility of contemporary artists is trying to reveal and analyze problems by their sharp perception and perspectives. Fu Wenjun takes many pictures in his travel and uses them as his raw materials. After coming back to his studio, he will tear, split and recombine the images, while being unaware of the restriction of time and space. In a word, he aims to make a clear and rational critique on this complex world.
About the author: Mao Qiuyue，Post-doctoral Researcher of Zhejiang University; Assistant Professor of Tongji University
 See Clement Greenberg, Art and Culture, Boston: Beacon Press, 1961.
 See Rosalind Krauss, The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 1985.
 See Harold Osborne, Abstraction and Artifice in Twentieth-Century Art, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1979.
 https://www.ny-artnews.com/single-post/2018/12/14/Fu-Wenjun’s-Digital-Pictorial-Photography, Grishma Khodaria, “Fu Wenjun’s Digital Pictorial Photography”, 2018-12-15.
 https://cul.qq.com/a/20130923/016589.htm, 《傅文俊：真正的艺术家不会为商业妥协》，2013-09-24.
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Fu Wenjun Solo Booth Show at 2019 The Photography Show Presented by AIPAD
International gallery BOCCARA ART presents a solo booth show of Chinese artist Fu Wenjun's Digital Pictorial Photography works at The Photography Show organized by AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers), April 3-7, Pier 94, New York City.
Fu Wenjun’s creative output can be summed up by his term Digital Pictorial Photography, which he uses to redefine the traditions found at the core of the photographic arts. By blending elements of other artistic media into the process, he creates a brand-new form of aesthetic pleasure. Fu Wenjun embraces a range of art forms, combining them into unique and monumental works that reach beyond the mere act of recording a photographic image.
Works on view are from four series of Fu Wenjun’s Digital Pictorial Photography: “Misplacement”, “Ask Tea”, “F1”, “Human Nature for Food”. His work brings together the practical aspect of photography with the aesthetic nature of other forms of visual arts. By demonstrating the complementary relationship of photographs and other modes of artistic practice, Fu Wenjun transforms what may seem to be an inaccessible message into a highly approachable concept that can trigger critical thought about history and humanity.
In terms of photography art, Fu Wenjun believes “Photography is two-dimensional. But if we fall into this definition, our expression with photography would be limited. In my works I integrate many personal understandings of Chinese traditional art… Some people say my works “do not look like photography”, but the “unlike photography” on the contrary is a new way of presentation. We could change anything and make changes beyond the common sense.”
The New York Times reported in the article "18 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend", saying "Boccara Art from Brooklyn, which is displaying striking conceptual pieces by the Chinese contemporary artist Fu Wenjun." (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/04/arts/design/nyc-this-weekend-art-and-museums.html)
ARTNET in its report "Discover 6 Must-See Booths at AIPAD's Photography Show" features "the multimedia work of Chinese contemporary artist Fu Wenjun encompasses installation art, photography, and oil painting. For AIPAD, international gallery Boccara Art highlights works from the artist’s 'digital pictorial photography' series, which—in boldly colored displays—abstractly evoke natural landscapes." (https://news.artnet.com/partner-content/photography-booths-aipad-2019)
Professors from School of Visual Arts guided their master students to the booth and talked with the artist about his art creation and ideas.
RTVI, New York-based television network hosted a live report at the booth, having interviewed the gallery owner and introduced Fu Wenjun's Digital Pictorial Photography works to its audience.
ART511MAG: Fu Wenjun is a must-see artist at this year’s AIPAD
Fu Wenjun Digital Pictorial Photography
BY ART511 STAFF
Chinese artist Fu Wenjun premiers new work in a solo booth at this year’s Photography Show at Pier 94. In its 39th edition and the longest running institution of its kind, The Photography Show presented by AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers) showcases work by lead contemporary artists represented by U.S., European, Asian, Canadian, Mexican, Middle Eastern and South American galleries, in addition to book dealers and publishers. Boasting “exceptional photography from the world’s top fine art photography galleries,” the coinciding AIPAD Talks invite prominent curators, artists, collectors, and writers into roundtable discussion around the medium’s latest trends, processes and critical thought. Contemporary, modern and 19th-century photography is exhibited alongside photo-based art, video, fashion photography and new media.
Born in 1955, Chinese contemporary artist Fu Wenjun is principally a photographer, but also works in the realms of installation, sculpture and oil painting. With a lengthy museum exhibition history, Wenjun has been honored with numerous awards, including “The Best Artist in the World” at Tour Eiffel La Grande Exposition Universelle. The artist returns to New York City this April currently framing his practice and the work presented at The Photography Show around his concept “Digital Pictorial Photography.” Wenjun’s work naturally evades any singular label. Having graduated from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, his abstracted photographs integrate the artist’s personal understanding of Chinese traditional art. “There was a period that I was keen on the shooting skills to produce ‘good’ documentary photography,” says Fu. Said skills are the current basis for his work pushing the limits of 2-dimensionality. Many of his image compositions among the recent series surely elude the definition of photography entirely.
As the AIPAD Talks are keen to acknowledge, the genre is rapidly changing, with miracles of technology, image manipulation, staged and performance photography, materiality, process, and playing with “chance” all having earned recognition as acceptable modern approaches. In Stephen Shore’s scheduled artist talk with critic Lynne Tillman, the pair inquires “Is there pressure to communicate in ways less mediated by convention and genre?” God knows artists need mediums like bats need the sun, but art writing uses words, and words drive the brain. Fu Wenjun maintains that the fact that his photos don’t look like photos is an intentional form of presentation in and of itself. He intends to keep pushing the medium with increasingly diverse forms of presentation. Wenjun provokes us to move beyond common sense, and moreover, to place photography in dialogue with more traditional mediums like Chinese painting, oil painting and sculpture. Through this lens, insists Wenjun, we can expand the boundary of contemporary photography and perhaps, our own vacillating but virtually pinhole perspective on reality.
Several in his Digital Pictorial Photography series will be on view at Pier 94 this year. Some pieces depict abstracted objects of quotidian daily life — what appears to be a calculator or tea kettle — other objects are nestled into themselves, their total forms gracefully obscured. Ever at play with the formalities of painting, and even fine art — the artist excels in segmenting out his images into virtual diptychs or triptychs, or for instance, isolating figures as discrete objects on pedestals that are themselves equally alive with swirls and strokes. “Human Nature for Food,” interrogates our relationship to what is most delicious in life. Wenjun goes as far as to say the piece is about juxtaposing the beauty and ugliness inherent to the human experience, that which is of course found inside and out.
Human Nature for Food No.1
His digital medium leaves few barriers to behold, as if combing through the psyche with a fine-tooth instrument, exposing human nature, leisure activities and spectacle culture in all its banal fascination. His painting “F1” invokes Formula 1? raceway fury, a peak cultural moment the artist explains is both “real and illusory,” bloated with expectation and at the same time, in defiance of it. Some photos arrive fast with bold, almost painterly strokes; others fade out into ethereal mist, where pixelation invokes pointillism. Some envelope themselves in so much white space our conditioned mind is eclipsed by the artist’s rhythmic politics of dislocation and assimilation. Grid lines, frames and screens further dissect the canvas – playing upon the viewer’s retina with their graphic intentionality. With a reckless eye for the new, Wenjun excels equally into abstract chaos and vignette – eruptions, splatters, gore, household decor, a freeze frame of that edge-of-your-seat sporting event all fit into neat compositions marked by the artist’s linear framing devices. Wenjun’s “Ask Tea,” inspired by the color and geometry of Impressionism and Abstraction, reminisces on an old-style teahouse still existing near the artist’s hometown. “The world is changing so fast,” says Wenjun, and although his pieces are curiously outside the bounds of photography, he still sees it the most fit medium to capture our rapidly evolving world.
Ask Tea No.2
With the traditional canon opening unto progressive polycentrism and the tyrannical fiction of white western superiority eroding, questions of representation in the arts aggress open fire on the status quo. Although Wenjun’s photos are abstracted, and naturally almost void of any singular subjectivity, his cultural vantage point as a Chinese man certainly adds layers to his cacophonous aesthetics of discord. As the artist relates, his work is influenced by legacies of the East and West, the effects of globalization and both the urbanization and industrialization of Chinese cities. A seasoned traveler and exemplary global citizen, his works achieve a sort of non-place and non-space that speaks volumes about our shifting relationship to nation, identity and economy.
Under the surface of his obscured still lives and residues of the abject, Fu’s photography blithely teems with Asian influences. His penchant for dividing or grid-lining the canvas in certain instances may be less a play on the formalities of fine art, than a reflection of traditional Chinese painting. Often presented on long hanging scrolls or series of scrolls or segmented into lacquered panels, eye candy of many a folding screen, wall, archival paper and premium silk, Chinese painting is highly distinguishable from the western tradition of Fine Art. Chinese painting, guóhuà (國畫), is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. Holding the meanings “national” or “native painting,” this brush and ink painting style is closer to calligraphy than the western style of painting popularized in China during the 20th century. It is a tradition passed down from master to apprentice. Landscapes have always been considered the highest form of Chinese painting, and generally still are.
Likewise, Wenjun’s “Misplacement,” alive with vibrant carmine and pale gold, seamlessly translates the aesthetics of classical Chinese ink mastery into contemporary photography. The photograph’s abstract glee, almost verging on pixelation or glitch, invites temporal musings. The where, when, what and how of it all tugs at our sense of nostalgia for times past, our future fears melting away as the painterly photos perform their ablutions. Like a noble sage, Wenjun’s artworks steadily steer us back into the present moment at hand.
Fu Wenjun is a must-see artist at this year’s AIPAD because his “Digital Pictorial Photography” redefines the traditions found at both the core of the photographic and traditional arts, obliterating the divide between East and West in principle, process and practice. Through his new technique, whatever philosophical content at risk of becoming inaccessible within its elite milieu of Fine Art becomes “transformed into a highly approachable concept that can trigger critical thought about history and humanity,” explains Wenjun. Leeching aesthetic pleasure from principle particles past and future, these works orbit the galaxy of complementarity and box in the matrix, expanding our relationship to art, history and humanity.
Checkout Fu Wenjun’s solo exhibition
presented by BOCCARA ART gallery at AIPAD
The Photography Show
April 4 – 7, 2019
Opening Preview: April 3, 2019
Pier 94 | New York City
AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers) www.aipadshow.com
Fu Wenjun Studio: www.fuwenjun.com
AT ART BASEL WITH BIANCOSCURO RIVISTA D’ARTE ISSUE ART BASEL HONG KONG MARCH 2019
Fu Wenjun feature on BIANCOSCURO Issue Art Basel Hong Kong March 2019
BIANCOSCURO at Art Basel Hong Kong
FUWENJUN, NEW HORIZONS FOR CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY
"Fu Wenjun embraces a range of art forms, combining them in unique and monumentalworks that go beyond the simple act of recording a photographic image."
Continues in its ascent towards the consecrationin the world of art that counts, undaunted unveils, day after day, new goals of his personal stylistic and conceptual research. Telling Fu Wenjun has never been simple, his works are always simple, clearly and aesthetically perfect, calibrated and harmonious, and precisely this mathematical perfection deceives emotional and investigative perception. The technique he created and used we already know Digital Pictorial Photography, but we cannot stop at technicality, we must investigate thoroughly to understand first what led Wenjun to develop his personal style. Why did he feel the need to merge the different disciplines? It is not only a matter of artistic research, Fu Wenjun has had a strong influence from the tradition of his culture, despite his propensity for "rebellion" that cannot get away from his intimate.
And here we understand how his very being is tobe "mixed": Chinese artistic tradition, painting and signs of his land, viscerally united to the most advanced photographic technique. Wenjun's works respond to those who wonder if there is still an artistic value in photography, now banally usable by anyone. His creations, with a digital base, are unique and inimitable, in the style of the starting shot, in the pictorial signs, in the light they have collected and released to the surrounding environment. The indisputable elegance, fascinates and involves, taking us, even for a moment, in his personal world.
Fu Wenjun Digital Pictorial Photography 2017-2018
Sit and Watch the Clouds Rise
Fu Wenjun Digital Pictorial Photography 2017-2018
BIANCOSCURO RIVISTA D’ARTE
ISSUE ART BASEL HONG KONG MARCH 2019
Nuovi orizzonti per la fotografia contemporanea
“Fu Wenjun abbraccia una gamma di forme d’arte, combinandole in opere uniche e monumentali che vanno oltre il semplice atto di registrare un’immagine fotografica.”
Continua nella sua ascesa verso la consacrazione nel panorama mondiale dell’Arte che conta, imperterrito svela, giorno dopo giorno, nuovi traguardi della sua personale ricerca stilistica e concettuale. Raccontare Fu Wenjun non è mai stato semplice, le sue opere sono sempre, semplicemente, esteticamente perfete, calibrate e armoniche, e proprio questa perfezione matematica inganna la percezione emozionale ed indagatoria. La tecnica da lui create ed utilizzata la conosciamo già Digital Pictorial Photography, ma non possiamo fermarci al tecnicismo, dobbiamo indagare a fondo per comprendere prima cosa ha portato Wenjun a mettere apunto la sua personale cifra stilistca. Perchè ha sentito il bisogno di amalgamare le diverse discipline? Non è solo una questione di ricerca artistica, Fu Wenjun ha avuto una forte influenza dalla tradizione della sua culture, nonstante la sua propensione alla “ribellione” non può allontanarsi dal suo intimo.
Ed ecco che comprendiamo quanto sia il suo stesso essere ad essere “mescolato”：tradizione artistica cinese, pittura e segni della sua terra, visceralmente uniti alla più avanzata tecnica fotografica. Le opere di Wenjun rispondono a chi si chiede se esista ancora un valore artistico nella fotografia, ormai banalmente fruibile da chiunque. Le sue creazioni, con una base digitale, sono uniche ed inimitabili, nello stile dello scatto di partenza, nel segno pittorico, nella luce hanno raccolto e che rilasciano all’ambiente circostante. L’eleganza indiscutibile, affascina e coinvolge, portandoci, anche solo per un attimo, nel suo personale mondo.
East Wind Blew again Last Night
Fu Wenjun Digital Pictorial Photography 2017-2018
Fu Wenjun Digital Pictorial Photography 2017-2018
Fu Wenjun：Critical Analysis
By Timothy Warrington — — International Confederation of Art Critics
From a layman’s perspective, photography is all too often seen as a tool with the sole purpose of documentation and, unfortunately, its extreme and sophisticated creative potential can occasionally be overlooked or even forgotten; Fu Wenjun is an artist actively concerned with creative attitudes and stereotypes who wishes to elevate photography through a process of thought and execution. In fact, his dynamic artworks explore, challenge and define the boundaries of digital art, photography and self-expression via a conceptual journey that is at the heart of his artistic process. In his most recent collection he has developed an intriguing and unique style that he has named ‘Digital Pictorial Photography’. These artworks adapt and distort the viewer’s perception, creating intense intrigue and inviting the passive observer to ponder the subconscious messages that are intrinsically contained within each piece whilst, simultaneously, conveying a treasured personal sense of the artist’s inner self.
Wenjun’s ‘Digital Pictorial Photography’ conceptions are alive with movement, intense character and comprehensive personality. The complex structural elements they possess lead the spectator’s eye deep into each enthralling detail while the fluidity of the forms and shapes often mask the image of a hand, face or even animal disguised within the artwork. These hidden intricate facets combine to assemble an arrestingly compounded formation in thoroughly captivating pieces that encourage the viewer to investigate and carefully analyse each aspect. This contemporary artist flawlessly employs his process, which incorporates multiple exposures and culminates in an intensely rich, layered opuses that conjure images of Man Ray’s rayographs produced without a camera when considering their shared experimental approach to the delicate relationship between light, balance and aesthetics. Wenjun’s creations are often defined as rebellions and its purely informational attitude towards photography. His stunning compositions are thought provoking and require substantially more from the viewer than simple observation of their beauty as profound dimensions of the mind are ceaselessly stimulated by Wenjun’s work.
In Wenjun’s collections ‘Digital Pictorial Photography 1, 2 and 3’, he uses extensive imagery of traditional sculpture, predominantly originating from the Western hemisphere, which suggests an inspiration or reaction to artists such as Michelangelo and Donatello, or indeed to the entire Renaissance period. Wenjun’s conceptual photography inspires deep reflection in regards to the relationships that exist between different cultures in the modern age of globalisation; he seamlessly juxtaposes ancient artforms with contemporary styles proving he possesses the undeniable capacity to move the viewer to contemplate specific issues whilst successfully bringing together a cohesion of old and new artistic techniques enriched and connected by his fresh perspective. Wenjun masterfully utilises his artform as a fluent language through which to communicate his passionate commentary on urbanisation on modern life.
Wenjun’s digital photography stems from diverse influences, including a fundamental understanding of classical European art, as is exemplified in ‘The Showy World’ from his Photographic Narrative collection. The statues presented in this piece have been expertly manipulated in negative and are surrounded by strong, eye catching colours and exuberant, expressive forms. Wenjun’s art is awash with vibrant energy; he frequently uses striking red hues and harsh black tones which, combined with a distinct sense of movement, provide inextricable links to traditional Chinese art such as that of Zhang Daqian. Wenjun visually contorts themes and motifs in order to emblematically express the narrative of the profound effect that rapid societal change has on Chinese towns. His message is further solidified by means of an integrated web of academically utilised symbolism that connects the viewer to the eloquent sense of the artist’s honest and full self expression captured in each artwork.
Whilst Wenjun’s style is incredibly unique, upon close analysis it is possible to draw comparisons with the photography of Barbara Kasten and Maya Rochat by analysing at their vivid use of colour and bold forms. Kasten shares the use of three dimensional objects and statues that are artistically altered through the lens of the camera to conceive a distinct conceptual creation with new perspective and purpose. A further influence of expressionism can also be detected in Wenjun’s individual approach to form and shape; he and Lee Krasner share deep philosophical ideals that are powerfully demonstrated through their daring yet elegant interpretation of line and shape.
There is a rare aura of freedom radiating from Wenjun’s photography who, through his artistic processes, achieves a wonderful symbiosis of beauty and provocative message rendering his works a true delight both to observe and to contemplate. Wenjun’s creativity reflects the sheer magnitude of his affinity to his medium, he demonstrates an impeccable ease in expressing challenging thoughts and concerns through his camera and via his skilled photographic manipulation. His remarkable innovation consistently catalyses a relentless search to develop new artistic methods through which to articulate his fervently heartfelt and sincere thoughts that unite to establish his philosophies in regard to a ceaselessly expanding world.
Fu Wenjun: Tradizione o globalizzazione?
Artista contemporaneo cinese, figlio degli anni cinquanta, Fu Wenjun si è ormai affermato nel mondo per le sue particolari opere fotografiche, immagini multiple e moltiplicate dalle prospettive multidimensionali.
La sua passione per l’arte non l’ha fatto femare al mezzo fotografico, ma l’ha spinto a cercare altri mezzi per esprimersi, dalla classica pittura ad olio, alle grandi installazioni contemporanee.
Il tema di fondo delle opere di Wenjun è sicuramente da ricercare nella storia nella cultura orientale, di come cambia rapidamente la società e di come interagisce con le culture occidentali. Come interagisce l’antica tradizione orientale con la globalizzazione occidentale? Come riesce a trovare connessioni che non intacchino il patrimonio tipico, ma che al contempo non facciano rimanere indietro l’evoluzione?
Lui esprime il suo parere attraverso le sue opere, cromie forti e prospettive fuorvianti riescono a trasmettere l’inquietudine del nostro tempo.
Ecco che troviamo dunque in Fu Wenjun, se non le risposte definitive, almeno un appriccio serio e ragionato sul tema, l’arte come mezzo per definire la società del momento, l’arte per ricordare la società del passato.
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Fu Wenjun’s Digital Pictorial Photography
By Grishma Khodaria NY-ARTNEWS
December 15, 2018
Fu Wenjun’s concept of digital pictorial photography takes us into rhythmic, flowing, dancing and bright elements of fine art, which creates aesthetic pleasure while viewing his art pieces. Contemporary artist Fu Wenjun creates most of his artworks through the art media of conceptual photography, installation, sculpture and oil painting, and has put forward the concept of "digital pictorial photography". He gives a new direction to the world of digital art. He does not majorly regard photography as a regular photography medium. According to him it has a close relationship with fine art. The role of aesthetics, knowledge of form, elements, as well their placement, along with his knowledge and study of art history of almost all time periods, be it European, Chinese, or American art, all together have embarked his journey leading towards a successful artistic career.
The artist shows his concept of Digital Pictorial Photography in the way he presents his photographs, for example: in one of his series, they look like the Chinese ink paintings or even bright paints on canvas, which is very soothing. That is due to the way he photographs his elements. His artistic collection of photography looks like a fusion of macro shots with some shots from a distance, as if they have been combined together to create an effective composition. All this somewhere connects to his fine art education and learnings, as if it has been inculcated into his artworks. It looks like a natural scene where nothing is static; a movement can be felt as if the images are still moving while on display. The beautiful digital art pieces create the illusion of flowing ink in water, which is like a natural rhythm.
Since the photographs have not been represented directly from the camera, Fu Wenjun goes through a deep thought process where the question comes: What to represent? and How would the elements and visuals impact the work, first for the artist and then ultimately for the audience. So here at this point he puts in a lot of efforts to decide what subject he wishes to focus on and what is the purpose behind each creation of his digital art pieces. Accordingly, Fu Wenjun uses the images which he collects from traveling or from any other of his photography. This is the time when he plays with the theme, form and content. It is impressive to see Fu Wenjun's usage of computer software for his photographs. The most interesting part here is that the art pieces still look natural, it is because of the artistic usage of the combination of different elements like line, color, tones and space division, which he combines in an aesthetically appealing way.
Fu Wenjun pays great attention to the whole process with perfection right from the point of the creation of the idea until its execution which is perfectly mounted and framed. Each and every step is set to a high standard. He possesses a great knowledge of execution and presentation of fine art in a pleasing way, while with no doubt he can be called a perfectionist. “My photographic works are possibly not like photographs. I call it Digital Pictorial Photography works, because I aim at exploring to place photography art in dialogue with other art media, like Chinese painting, oil painting, print, sculpture etc. As a result I widen the boundary of photography art in the current digital age,” says Fu Wenjun in describing his art. He also talks about the crucial process where he creates a planned and thoughtful idea to be executed, “I found photography as art has much to be explored, to be connected with different art media in various ways. I have had a large number of photos taken in my traveling or even daily life. They are raw materials collected and at my hand to use for my experimentation. What I do is to think over and over again how to express all this in my works, and to select elements that could contribute to the overall presentation.”
Fu Wenjun also talks about his inspiration of art from the Chinese artists Bada Shanren and Shi Tao. “I like very much Bada Shanren, Shi Tao who provide me deep understanding of ink painting and Chinese traditional art.” As we discuss further about oil painting, Fu Wenjun's says that most of the inspiration comes from the time period of Monet and Pissarro. His understanding of art has not just been restricted to the 19th century art movement. “Among the Western artists, I love the impressionists, like Monet, Pissarro, who make me look closely at the oil painting history as well as the art history before and after them.”
He has gained numerous art awards. His artworks have been collected by eminent art collectors and organizations like Museu Europeu de Arte Moderno, National Art Museum of China, Today Art Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Kennedy Family, World Council of Peoples for the United Nations, Dazu Grotto Museum, Chongqing Art Museum and Guangdong Museum of Art to name a few. He has been actively participating in numerous solo and collective exhibitions in many countries around the world among which are China, USA, UK, Korea, Italy, Germany and Russia. It is Fu Wenjun’s consistent efforts which naturally attract the audiences, art collectors and organizations around the world which have a lot of excitement to see something new, as each time he creates new concepts and executes them quite artistically.
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ARTNESS SYSTEM Interview with Fu Wenjun：Significant Contemporary Approach
by Asya Sevdalinova Dzhankova
Fu Wenjun, Chinese contemporary artist, was graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. He creates principally through the art media of conceptual photography, installation, sculpture and oil painting, and has put forward the concept of "Digital Pictorial Photography".
Fu Wenjun’s works embody his thinking and reflection on many issues related to the Eastern and Western history, culture and humanity, including the relationship between different cultures in the age of globalization, the heritage of traditional Chinese culture in a rapidly changing society, industrialization and urbanization in Chinese cities.
He has presented solo exhibitions at the Museu Europeu de Arte Moderno (Barcelona), the National Art Museum of China (Beijing), the Old Summer Palace (Beijing), at the Today Art Museum (Beijing), at theUnited Nations Headquarters (New York), at the Guangdong Museum of Art (Guangzhou) and at other international art organizations. His works are exhibited at significant international exhibitions, such as the Triennale dell'Arte Contemporanea, the 1st Asia Biennial / 5th Guangzhou Triennial, the XVIII Bienal de Cerveira, NordArt, the collateral exhibition of Biennale di Venezia 2013, entitled Voice of the Unseen Chinese Independent Art 1979 / Today.
Hello Fu Wenjun. Congrats to being selected as an interview artist. Could you please talk about your art background? You already selected many collection and opened many solo shows in all around. Do you work with your team?
Hello, first of all thanks for your appreciation on my art, and I am honoured to be interviewed.
I have worked on photography art for more than 30 years, and in recent years I put forward the art style Digital Pictorial Photography, a new art language and art school. Now with the focus on Digital Pictorial Photography, my art creation does cross over several disciplines, including oil painting, sculpture, installation and others.
I believe art creation is absolutely subjective, some impromptu things happen always. I work by myself, without a team. I don’t like that commercial art products seemingly produced by a factory. Each piece of artwork should be unique.
Which kind of creative inspiration does your art effected by? How do you convey messages with art?
I think almost everyone is curious about the question where the artist inspiration come from. But it’s really hard to answer. Not because I pretend to make it like secrets, just the artist sometimes does not know what inspires him to do like this, instead of like that. When the inspiration run into me, I could even don’t know. I just unconsciously follow the direction I believe could be right.
To me inspiration is a contingency in art creation. Compared with it, the knowledge of human society, history, culture, science and many other aspects, as well as artist’s attention and thinking on current social situation, development trends, problems are facing etc., would provide richer resources for his art creation.
Digital Pictorial Photography, a contemporary fine art photography style I create, integrates the pictorial features into photography art, and places dialogues with painting, sculpture, installation and other art forms, with my intention to extend the boundary of photography art. What’s more important, Digital Pictorial Photography is a photography art style developed from the base of Conceptual Art, so its focus is to deliver my concepts/messages of my thought and reflection about global or regional issues related to history, culture, human life, art, nature and so on. I always believe, a good artwork should be beautiful, but more important why should the artwork be there is that it could inspire people to think, possibly to the things people often get used to, but to think from another ignored point of view.
What are you currently working on?
From 12 October to 25 November Dairy Arts Center in the USA presents my solo exhibition, titled “Is It Photography?” It is true that when the visitors see my artworks, they can’t help to ask me the question, “Your photographs do not look like photography indeed. Is it photography?” Their reaction is not surprising. People have conceived of a set of standard on photography, which is deeply rooted in their mind and they make a judgement unconsciously when there is a photograph in front of them. However, I don’t think this is the unique way of photography. Photography art should have various ways of presentation. I have explored a lot on extending the boundary of photography art, to find much more fascinating possibility of photography art. At the same time, let people see these “new” photography art. What I am currently working on is having deeper thinking and doing further exploration of my Digital Pictorial Photography art.
Would you talking about your upcoming projects? What issues do you plan to produce?
In fact I have mentioned this above. At this moment my creation focus is Digital Pictorial Photography. Apart from its currently existing various ways of presentation, I am working on how to achieve more possibility which could touch deeper level of photography art, and the charm of this medium among the contemporary art. At the same time, I want my works to be more expressive on delivering my concepts and reflection towards various issues on the basis of a good integration with the style Digital Pictorial Photography, so as to have a breakthrough.
Could you please share your messages to global art market in your approach for artists who is new in the global art market?
Compared with regional art market, global art market would be wider and more complex. Someone said, do art is do business. I think it’s partly right. But artist is not businessman. Artworks do have the value as a commodity, but its artistic value is the value that other commodity don’t have. Therefore, I think being an artist, either emerging or established what he/she should insist on most and always is to treat art seriously, to do best on art, to persist on working hard, and to believe in art forever. The art exploration and creation will never stop.