JY

Carefree Excursion

May 10, 2022

INTRODUCTION

"If you pursue physics to the extreme, you will reach a high level of spirituality." - JY


The works in this exhibition, in which he entrusted his own thoughts to a "leopard," represent a kind of counterattack against contemporary society and contemporary art. Traveling freely in a space where reality and virtuality intersect, he attempts to look at the essence of human nature through the eyes of a " leopard," asking what civilization and wildness is. In this solo exhibition, new works with the leopard as the main motif are exhibited, interweaving the idea of "Carefree Excursion" by Zhuangzi.

JY

If you stare at it with feral eyes, you will realize something.

With a scent of beauty and danger, the leopard is a sensual and elegant creature. Quietly carrying a personality that can be two different extremes, the leopard has a wild charm that I find fascinating. Instead of one particular aspect of the leopard, I like everything about them. 


Chinese philosopher, Zhuangzi's "Carefree Excursion" begins with a legend of the “Kun Peng”, and unfolds into a grandiose idea of the universe. "Carefree Excursion" features mythical beasts like the Kun (a giant fish) and the Peng (a giant bird), as well as ordinary creatures like cicadas and turtle doves. From the perspective of Zhuangzi's “Qiwulun” (Equality of Things), it would not have been surprising if a leopard were to appear. Since ancient times, the leopard has been the subject of interest in literature, as exemplified by the Chinese proverb "wise men are quick to adapt like a leopard. A fool never does".

Carefree Excursion-005

2021
Ink on canvas, metallic frame
100.0 × 161.0cm

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Carefree Excursion-006

2021
Ink on canvas, metallic frame
105.0 × 171.5cm

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Carefree Excursion-009

2021
Ink on canvas, metallic frame
100.0 × 161.0cm

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Carefree Excursion-010

2021
Ink on canvas, metallic frame
101.0 × 161.0cm

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Carefree Excursion-011

2021
Ink on canvas, metallic frame
104.0 × 161.5cm

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Carefree Excursion-013

2021
Ink on canvas, metallic frame
233.4 × 273.0cm

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Carefree Excursion-014

2022
Ink on canvas, metallic frame
170.0 × 176.5cm

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Carefree Excursion-015

2022
Ink on canvas, metallic frame
100.5 × 161.0cm

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Carefree Excursion-016

2022
Ink on canvas, metallic frame
91.5 × 160.0cm

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Painting is a human instinct, and instinct is the will of God.

 

From one, learn all-003
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From one, learn all-003

2022
Ink on canvas, metallic frame
72.7 × 60.6cm

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From one, learn all-001

2022
Ink on canvas, metallic frame
72.7 × 60.6cm

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From one, learn all-004

2022
Ink on canvas, metallic frame
72.7 × 60.6cm

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From one, learn all-005

2022
Ink on canvas, metallic frame
60.6 × 72.7cm

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From one, learn all-002

2022
Ink on canvas, metallic frame
72.7 × 60.6cm

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From one, learn all-006

2022
Ink on canvas, metallic frame
60.6 × 72.7cm

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From one, learn all-007

2022
Ink on canvas, metallic frame
60.6 × 72.7cm

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From one, learn all-008

2022
Ink on canvas, metallic frame
60.6 × 72.7cm

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From one, learn all-003

2022
Ink on canvas, metallic frame
72.7 × 60.6cm

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From one, learn all-001

2022
Ink on canvas, metallic frame
72.7 × 60.6cm

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From one, learn all-004

2022
Ink on canvas, metallic frame
72.7 × 60.6cm

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From one, learn all-005

2022
Ink on canvas, metallic frame
60.6 × 72.7cm

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From one, learn all-002

2022
Ink on canvas, metallic frame
72.7 × 60.6cm

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From one, learn all-006

2022
Ink on canvas, metallic frame
60.6 × 72.7cm

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From one, learn all-007

2022
Ink on canvas, metallic frame
60.6 × 72.7cm

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From one, learn all-008

2022
Ink on canvas, metallic frame
60.6 × 72.7cm

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I am in fact not particular about leopards. I paint them because I do not want to be too particular. In any case, an artist's dream is to let their hearts play to their desires in this infinite universe. One should simply paint whatever one feels or wants to express, but in reality, artists want to be more imaginative. An artwork may become more interesting with creative thinking, but if you put too much contrivance into it, you realize that it was better to have put no contrivance at all.


As Zhuangzi's "Carefree Excursion" puts it, “One must go with the way of the universe, become one with nature that unifies all things. Enjoy a carefree life without worries or impediments, and experience a free and happy mind”.


Let us learn from leopards, become a leopard, and freely explore an unimaginable world together with leopards. As painting leopards is a mysterious experience that frees your mind.


Leopards are indeed wonderful.

ABOUT

JY

JY

JY

JY is an artist of exceptional talent who, after coming to Japan and earning a doctorate in statistical physics called "osmosis" and applying the results to his artistic activities, conducted repeated research in the Koji Kinutani Laboratory at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and created a new style of painting.

JY’s achievements were highly acclaimed, and in 1992 he was selected for the "Journey of Asian Contemporary Art" exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, and is active internationally in the United States, Europe, China, and Japan as a representative artist of Asian contemporary art.

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