INTERVIEW: ZHUO YU | ITSLIQUID

INTERVIEW: ZHUO YU

Interviews | August 14, 2020 |

Interview Zhuoyu
Image courtesy of Zhuo Yu

Interview: Zhuo Yu
Luca Curci talks with Zhuo Yu during Venice International Art Fair 2020 at The Room Contemporary Art Gallery

Yu Zhuo was born in 1990. He was interested in photography under his father’s influence. The teenage racing experience influenced later artistic creation. In 2008, he officially entered the arts, studying visual arts at the Macau Polytechnic Institute, and experimenting with photography-related creations. After graduating, Yu zhuo chose to study photography in France. The expansion of his horizons and the renewal of his ideas have transformed his work. As a young photographer, he injected enormous energy, which comes from his fear and stress, into seemingly quiet and dark images. The seemingly distant sceneries in the works of Yu Zhuo radiate an air of serenity and powerfulness, which have the strong effect to skip the routine encounter and comprehension between the oeuvres and the audience, and bring directly to people a wave of thoughts and sentiments. Those far-reaching, solemn and mysterious sceneries have a calming effect, yet are somewhat unsettling at the same time. There seems to be a tacit understanding, a mutual awareness between Yu Zhuo and the night. The gaze at the night derives from Yu’s deep attachment to it. For him, the night is like an abyss, mysterious and distant, and Yu appreciates these features of the night just as those who prefer the daytime are in love with its brightness. Hegel once said, “The human being is this night, this empty nothing, that contains everything in its simplicity.” In this discourse, he compares the human being to the night, to this nothingness which can be either strongly- resistant or fragile. By staring at the night, we find that these two characteristics coexist. For the artist, this strong resistance has always been there. He was once walking back and forth at the edge of the critical point, trapped in the dilemma, yet he gradually found his own way out. At this moment, the human being has become the recipient of the night and begin to be immersed in it. However, this feeling of finding the shelter is addictive. When people have found their spiritual sustenance, what often happens is that they indulge in it and forget what its nature. If one day, the night is not willing to shelter, where are we going to place our spiritual sustenance? Imagine that one day, all of a sudden, we stop at where we are and wander around, the objects to which that we have given meaning become nothing. This is the resolution of meaning. It is not cutting off the road ahead of us, but stopping us from falling in the mud, which helps us to clearly understand the night.

Because the shelter is far away from the central theme of survival.

Interview Zhuo Yu
Image courtesy of Zhuo Yu

Luca Curci: What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Zhuo Yu:
I come from Guangdong, China, and the city I grew up is a coastal special economic zone. The most influential experience in my work comes from pressure. This emotion is mostly negative, such as restlessness, tension, and imbalance. When this emotion reaches a certain level, it will inspire a powerful and invisible force to fight against it and dissipate into the invisible in a moment. As Schrödinger said, “Life feeds on negative entropy”. We are constantly fighting against increasing entropy, just as we face new challenges in life, no matter what it is. I use photography as a medium to convey and share this state. I hope that through my work, the viewer can capture this potential emotion.

LC: Which subject are you working on?
ZY:
Recent works focus on expressing some emotions like pressure. And the night series.

Interview Zhuo Yu
Image courtesy of Zhuo Yu

LC: Which is the role the artist plays in the society? And the contemporary art?
ZY:
Modernization forgets people’s rational spirit and ability to reflect. However, even in a modern society with a sophisticated division of labor and a seemingly all-encompassing knowledge structure, people still feel that there is still something that cannot be included in any existing field. The artist is a lone person who has a strong desire to explore this kind of thing and put it into action.
This is especially true in the context of contemporary art. In all political, economic, scientific, and technological activities, creation is abnormal and distorted due to various restrictions, regulations, and profit calculations in the real world. Create without interruption in a state of no interest and no purpose and produce originality, so that the new spirit of mankind can obtain an experimental base that can be supported.

LC: What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
ZY:
Dealing with the relationship between creation and survival.

Interview Zhuo Yu
Image courtesy of Zhuo Yu

LC: Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
ZY: Conceptual photography.

LC: What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?
ZY:
I think borders are a very interesting concept. It made me rethink the relationship between people and cities. It was created by people, and at the same time under their influence, in a state of being constantly broken and redefined. It reminds me that you can’t really define the boundary of the sea, because the tide will make the waves constantly undulate.

LC: Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
ZY: Sure, I do agree with your vision of art. I think the festival theme itself further enhances the possibility of bringing this vision to the light.

Interview Zhuo Yu
Image courtesy of Zhuo Yu

LC: Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
ZY:
Yes, I would certainly recommend it. As far as I know, ITSLIQUID GROUP provides artists with a full range of services such as marketing, academic paper writing, work evaluation and so on.

LC: Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
ZY:
Absolutely!

LC: What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
ZY:
I think that as a communication platform, it can provide artists with good services and many opportunities giving artists from different countries the opportunity to exhibit their works.

Interview Zhuo Yu
Image courtesy of Zhuo Yu
Interview Zhuo Yu
Image courtesy of Zhuo Yu
Interview Zhuo Yu
Image courtesy of Zhuo Yu
Interview Zhuo Yu
Image courtesy of Zhuo Yu

Are you an artist, architect, designer? Would you like to be featured on ITSLIQUID platform? Send an e-mail to info@itsliquid.com or fill the form below

RELATED POSTS


El Anatsui: Triumphant scale

Art | September 17, 2020

El Anatsui is one of the most important contemporary artists of his generation. The Kunstmuseum Bern is mounting the largest exhibition of the work of the Ghanaian artist so far. His sculptures upend traditional categories and reflect the (post-)colonial relationship between Europe, Africa and the New World. The exhibition focuses on the monumentality of El Anatsui's work and encompasses every media in the artist’s prodigious fifty-year career. "We are proud and happy to be able show this truly splendid exhibition. El Anatsui's art leaves no one untouched, and we look forward to the engagement and the encounters that will take place at the Kunstmuseum Bern". [Nina Zimmer, Director, Kunstmuseum Bern – Zentrum Paul Klee] Read more


INTERVIEW: SIMONA MUZZI

Interviews | September 11, 2020

She has always lived in Bologna but considers herself a citizen of the world. Born in 1962, in 1990 she graduated in Architecture in Florence. He works as an architect. Photography and video artist, in January 2020 she exhibits for the first time unpublished works at Paratissima Bologna Art Fair NEEDS entitled "Incidenti", with which he made his debut for the first time in public. He has participated in several international Call for Entries and Contests with his own conceptual photography works. Before starting to take professional photography, she always photographed the reality that surrounded her. Read more


INTERVIEW: RAF TARNAWSKI

Interviews | September 9, 2020

Raf Tarnawski was born 1953 in Wrocław, Poland. In 1976 he moved to Lund, Sweden, where he graduated from the School of Graphic Design and spent several years working with photography, graphics, illustration and advertising. In 2006 he returned back to Warsaw, Poland to study sculpture techniques at the at the Academy of Arts in Professor P. Gawron's workshop. Since then, he has been sculpting full-time and has exhibited his work regularly in multiple solo and group exhibitions. Raf creates the lightening rods to diffuse stress and an escape route from daily desolation. His sculptures are vessels that are filled with emotions and desires: the joy of encounter, heat of the setting sun, or yearning for what might be. He wants to bring order and understanding of basic values that comes from aesthetics and beauty. Read more


INTERVIEW: LAURA SANDRONI

Interviews | September 7, 2020

Laura Sandroni was born in Varese in 1985. She approaches art and painting since she was a child, she carries on this passion over the years as a self-taught. His works are used for a strong use of color which she uses as an emotional and communicative vehicle. Over the years his artistic career has been enriched with lived experiences and personal growth that leads to expressing this new maturation and self-knowledge on canvas. His works are the primary channel with which he transmits the changes and emotional states that are part of life, sensations and feelings that feed the soul and body and that often happens in the form of female figures. He prefers acrylic that in many of his creations he uses with the only help of his hands and body, as an extension of his own person and expressive tool. Curious and attentive observer, she transmits what strikes her through painting and writing, showing a strong inclination to experiment and overcome her own internal limits. Read more


Sign up for our Newsletter.

Enter your email to receive our latest updates!