[Finding puberty]- AN EPHEMERAL FOOD ART SHOW
"Finding Puberty", our first food art show, is a chance for the audience to look back to their lives and to recall their memories of the simplest and vivid days. Our artists, HE Wei and Hu Naishu are Millennials, who were born in China and grew up under the influence of globalization and internet.
Finding Puberty: What a beautiful memory !
In our generation, we understand the world differently and untimely when comparing with the last generation: We were curious about sex at a very early age; Unfortunately, that was the only time when sex is merely pure.
Our artists rebuild the scenario of our childhood carnival, with absurd yet spectacular toy and food installations, to depict our germination of sex. We will deliver an unforgettable experience to the audience, while taking a satirical and innovative approach to our nostalgia for the amatory memories of our puberty.
The Chinese title of tonight's exhibit was from a famous children's song in China - Where is Spring? With the familiar lyrics and lively rhythm, the memory of growing up in China touches the softest spot of every child. Today, some of these children traveled a long way from home and struggled in this mega and rushed city - New York. They are the Millennials, a new generation from China. They grew up under One-child Policy, and they were called with the name of "flowers inside the greenhouse", because they were overly protected or even spoiled by their parents and grandparents. This generation is curious about spring; however, the constant temperature inside the greenhouse obliterated their desire to know. Growing up means they began to complain about work, house, marriage, even the dark cycles and tiny wrinkles on their face. They began to have sorrow, and even more pathetically, they learned to get used to it.
Where is Spring? This children's song keeps questioning children innocently yet ruthlessly. However, the English title of tonight's exhibition, ‘Finding Puberty’, seems that an international answer for this sweet yet awkward question has been found. These children in China, growing up under the influence of globalization and internet, spending their adolescence with English exams, Disney Cartoons, Hollywood movies, and American TV shows, are the same with every child all over the world. They all experienced the rapid change in their puberty psychologically and physically. Along with the curiosity of sex and awareness of men and women, these children are building identity more maturely. "Love", triggered by "sex", depicts the beauty and ugliness of our society. "Sex" makes teenagers grow up with pleasure, while it also endows power to them during the lingering and fighting between men and women. Control and compliance, dominance and acceptance, giving and taking, are the nature of animals when it comes to evolve. The process of evolution was taken by our self-awareness cruelly, and developed into the harsh jungle rule.
There is an ancient saying that appetite and lust are the only nature, while people in modern days also summarize our three basic needs as appetite, sex, and survival. After our basic needs are fulfilled, we crave for more psychological needs and social status, such as fortune, power, fame and love, that's when human society begins to develop. This exhibition portrays the basic needs and pleasure of human being; however, it is not emphasizing hedonism or sensualism. The show is trying to lead the audience to face their needs and desire honestly, and that is also the concept of Avent Studio.
Following by Avent Studio's philosophy, [Finding Puberty] uses food as the main medium to combine many art languages in order to create an amatory fantasy for the audience. Five pieces of installation art, Manna, Wet Dreams, Period, Talk to Me, Business No.1 and Business No.2, are closely connecting our natural desire: food and sex. While interacting with our installations and enjoying our show, the audience becomes a part of the performance art.
Finding Puberty encourages us to find, even the slightest hint of spring. ‘Where is spring’ is questioning us to look back to our lives and to wake up our memories of the simplest and vivid days. After examining the past 20 years of our lives, we want to ask ourselves a question: is our spring still pure and wonderful?
Avent Studio uses food as the main medium to combine many art languages in order to create interactive "art events". Finding Puberty is our first exhibition, an ephemeral food art show, in New York City. It is curated by Avent's founder HE Wei, a young Chinese artist, who focuses on pushing an art revolution by using food as the medium instead of pigment for art works and projects.
We'd love to thank everyone who came to the opening in such a cold weather, and we really enjoyed meeting each of you at the opening show, and hope to see you next time.
Thanks Feng Bai and Will Wang from BeastVIsion for the pictures:
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“You know how everyone’s always saying seize the moment? I don’t know, I’m kind of thinking it’s the other way around, you know, like the moment seizes us.” - Boyhood《少年时代》
此次《春天在哪里？Finding Puberty》是由Avent Studio策划和创作，并于纽约举办的首次食物艺术互动展览。食物艺术家策展人何为带领自己的团队，以大胆前卫或有争议的表现形式重塑了小时候游乐园的场景。“青葱草地”“甜蜜云团”“策马逍遥”等几组大型装置艺术品都将带给到访者全新的互动体验，一起回忆过去的时光，感受时间的流逝。正如出自于中国大陆同名儿歌《春天在哪里》的本次展览题目所述，我们希望通过本次展览，使每一个已经成长了的我们再一次回首过去，找回最简单美丽的春天。
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