Katharine Meng-Yuan Yi: Healing Brush

易夢原-展览海报(网络版)

Duration: April 13 – June 23, 2019
Opening Reception: April 13, 2019, Saturday at 3pm
Venue: Canton-sardine
Address: 268 Keefer street, #071 at Lower-ground (LG), Vancouver
Gallery hours: Tues-Sat 12-6pm
Curators: Pongsakorn Yananissorn, Steven Dragonn

Canton-sardine is pleased to launch the first solo exhibition of Katharine Meng-yuan Yi, who is a multimedia artist based in Vancouver. This exhibition presents Yi’s recent works made in reflection of her side-job as a commercial portraiture photographer, while in contemplation of the Chinese children’s story, Ma Liang and His Magic Brush.

Yi’s project Healing Brush takes the popular children’s story in mainland China, Ma Liang and His Magic Brush, written by Hong Xuntao in the 1950s, as an entry to contemplate photography and painting’s entanglement to representation. Ma Liang and His Magic Brush tells a story of a once poor boy, bestowed with a magic brush allowing him to turn his drawings into reality. He sets off helping the poor and the unfortunate. Healing Brush too wanders the edges of representation with this same weight. The photographer here, like the painter, wields the brush to recover the ideal, creating an unintentional layer of new imagery. This layer of mark-making surfaces the invisible artistic labour, a labour to make invisible what is deemed imperfect. A fulfillment of a consumer need of a particular “hyperreal” aesthetic standard.

The “Healing Brush”, as appeared in the exhibition title, is the name of a retouching tool from Photoshop utilized to make invisible, to conceal, and to recover the absolutes and the ideals from imperfections and blemishes. The series of works, ranging from photography, video animation, painting and photo-installation, circulates around Yi’s role as a commercial photographer in the industry, acting both as a spectator and fabricator to an aesthetic standard coming to form.

Katharine Meng-Yuan Yi was born in Beijing, China, she is currently based in Vancouver, Canada. Yi’s practice, employing a variety of mediums, investigates and reflects on contemporary societal occurrences, quotidian subjects, and continuously re-examines the role of the artist in a broader social spectrum. As a first generation immigrant/settler, her practice is inextricably attached to the bigger conversation of diaspora and evokes the urgency of the locality and its presentness. Yi received her BFA from the University of British Columbia in 2014.

沙甸鹹水埠很榮幸推出溫哥華本地多媒介藝術家易夢原首個個展,在此展示藝術家近期創作項目:她以中國兒童故事《神筆馬良》作為切入點,探索作为兼职商業肖像攝影师的工作,藝術家的勞動,以及對攝影和繪畫媒介與維度的思考。

《治癒畫筆》採用了中國大陸膾炙人口的兒童故事《神筆馬良》(洪訊濤創作於20世紀50年代)作為思考攝影和繪畫相互糾纏於表現的切入點。《神筆馬良》講述的是一個貧窮的男孩被賦予了能将筆下事物變為現實的魔法畫筆,并開始用它幫助窮人的故事。治癒畫筆也以與“神筆”相似的方式徘徊在表現的邊緣,像畫家一樣,這裡,攝影師揮動畫筆來恢復人們心目中所謂“理想”的效果,卻無意中創造出新的圖層。而這一圖層則成為了隐形的藝術勞動的痕跡,一種被認為是把不完美隱去的勞動,和滿足消費者對特定“超現實”美學標準的需求。

展覽標題中出現的“治癒畫筆”是PS中用於遮蓋、隱藏、修復瑕疵的工具名稱。本次展覽將呈現包括攝影,視頻動畫,繪畫和照片裝置的一系列作品。

易夢原出生於中國北京,現居加拿大溫哥華。 她的創作採用多种媒介,以調查和反思當代社會事件、日常主題,並不斷重新審視藝術家在更廣泛的社會範圍中的作用。作為第一代移民/定居者,她的實踐與移居的命題密不可分,並希望喚起當地的緊迫性及其現狀。 易夢原於2014年畢業於不列顛哥倫比亞大學,並獲得學士學位。

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