Chen Jun-Yu Solo Exhibition
2023.04.08 - 2023.04.29
開展 Opening | 2023.04.08 (六) Sat.
座談 Artist Talk | 2023.04.29 (六) Sat. 2pm
與談人 Panelist | 李明學 Lee Ming-Hsueh
就在藝術空間很榮幸於4月份推出藝術家陳俊宇首次創作個展－《注意你的行為！》“Attention！”。與2020年作品《_USED TO》每個週六8小時不間斷表演不同的是，本次個展陳俊宇將會是週二至六11:00- 19:00，連續三週在畫廊進行一個不間斷，也不能下場休息的行為表演《流量 / Eudaimonia》。
展覽最後一天 ( 4月29日星期六)下午14:00-16:00，我們邀請藝術家李明學與陳俊宇在展場中舉行一場特殊座談展演。
Project Fulfill Art Space is pleased to present Performance artist Chen Jun-Yu's first solo exhibition "注意你的行為！(Mind Your Behavior!)" / "Attention!" in April. Different from the artist’s previous work "_USED TO" in 2020, which had been performed every Saturday, Chen Jun-Yu is going to present a new performance " Eudaimonia", which he will perform from 11:00 to 19:00, Tuesday to Saturday during the three-weeks-long exhibition.
In the solo exhibition, Chen Jun-Yu uses the phrase "Watch your behavior" as a hint to reflect on the word "behavior(行為)". The two aspects he interprets - "Behavior", as an individual constantly feels concerned about their action and regulate it under the expectations of the society; And "Performance" - when Artist reviews his previous works through the record, document and stage properties, which are like the relicts and remnants of those performance. The possibility to have them convert and display with another purpose.
On the last day of the exhibition (Saturday, April 29th) from 14:00 to 16:00, we invite artist Lee Ming-Hsueh to join up with Chen Jun-Yu to hold a special artists talk and performance in the exhibition hall.
Public nudity, roadside naps, public peeing, play an instrument horribly. "Watch your behavior!" my family remind me.
This sentence quoted from a daily exhortation, sometime even used as discipline. It seems a bit ironic how often it is heard/said in the generation that is already highly self-conscious.
Today, YouTube, Twitter, TikTok and other social medias are flooded with images of the mass to a point that is self-consuming. After the pandemic, the accelerated society and technological development has deepened this phenomenon. In the Internet world based on "self-exploitation", monitoring our own image is a daily routine. I took the methods of "live interface", "reconstruction of files" and "deployment of attention" to organize a repeated process. It is almost a gesture of self-indulgence, to entangled myself into such a scene of technological surveillance that is impelled by capitalism. It is a kind of ridicule to the status quo, an action of paying attention to oneself.
In order to stay focused during long-term performances, I often use medical drug to control my body, mainly vitamin B complex and Ritalin (primary medication for ADHD). As normal as it is, if we think of how often people would ask “Do you take vitamins?” “Have you taken Vitamins B?”. Within these questions, there is an expectation for people to abide by a certain regulation, a schedule for rest and work, a condition of body to maintain. The color of vitamin B (bright yellow) is also used in this exhibition, as a metaphor of the status that people rely on external support, to keep up with the pace of life in the era of multi-tasking and multi-interface.
Hence, "注意你的行為！(Mind your behavior!)" is not only used as the title of the exhibition, but also as an instruction to construct the exhibition. As for the English title "Attention!", the word is commonly used to account for awareness. The phrase is my creative instruction, while the English word is a reminder that calls to the audience. In order to allocate attention, adjust the focus between concentration and distraction in the exhibition.
The exhibition will present two daily 8-hour performances (Tuesday-Saturday), performed by the artist himself and a performer respectively.