Posture Language

Posture Language highlights body position and movement as the principle medium for art—the artist, when expressing the theme or emotions, resorts to the artified posture for the externalization of the ideas and emotions. The posture language ranges from typical body positions in real life to forceful metaphoric ones. In any community, body language is used to facilitate communication on the level of emotion and ideas, therefore becoming symbols with specific reference that is conferred by a community, an ethnic group or a nation in a certain period. What is particular about such an artistic approach is, on one hand, it helps the body to free itself from the otherwise strong interference from ethics in traditional art, shaking off uniformity, tedium and disintegrating concentration, power, and even political concerns, and, on the other, it conveys the essence of life, emotion and desires embodied in the human body itself. In Chinese culture, whereas artistic flavor is always attached great importance, which is obvious in such expressions and lines as “to be sensed, but not expressed in words” and “silence outweighs voice”, simplicity is valued, as is shown in “omission of the ornaments for the sake of utility”. Image, in addition, is another important medium of expression. According to Foucault’s postmodernist theory, descent attaches itself to the body on which historical events get inscribed, including both conflicts and confrontations— the body is the inscribed surface of events. The contributors of this exhibition, born in the 70s and 80s, are all keen observers of the world around them and its details as well. These unique and original artists choose from the rich posture language their own symbols for the presentation of their own understanding of the time and the reality, offering their view on politics, economy, religion, culture and many others, in addition to their interpretation of the human body. The body position and movement, as an artist approach, for one thing, helps the artist to communicate and express the genuine feelings and emotions that can only be sensed but not expressed in words; for another, this unique artistic approach, combination of artistic flavor, fluidity, abstractnesss, virtuality and symbolicalness, is rich in flavor of language realized through “images”, which, undoubtedly, leads to uncertainty, polysemy, and ambiguity. Such “artistic image”, though unreal, is capable of effectively expressing “genuine feeling” and “genuine idea” to reach the depth of the soul. The artists, inspired by real life, appeals to emotion and meaning via artified posture language for a “virtual” performance of “images”, which, despite their indifference to whether the external form of reality is truthful or not, are strong pursuer of the truth of “feelings” and “ideas” in the external world. It is probably such unreal language of image on the external level that can bridge man with everything in the objective world for free communication and enormous expressive power in the end. Or, the grace, like the melodious and dimly discernable music, soft and gentle, in combination with the genuine posture language, is the most eloquent in expressing the most truthful life, emotion, and yearnings. The posture can be an overcoat of light mood and joyous spirit, melancholy and sadness, emptiness and disorientation, indulgence and imagination, languishing love, warmth, coexistence and harmony, balance and equality… The tender posture language leads the exodus away from the temporary vacuum in reality in a tender fashion. Then, everything seems to be magically merged in an arcadia of ease and freedom.