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Shanghai / 中文

Gao Ruyun

February 23, 2012

The winner of the 2011 M50 Creative Awards discusses his winning piece that looks to simplify time and space

  • Text by Satellite Voices

Guest Feature by Menmenmen

Gao Ruyun is the Chinese installation artist who won the 2011 M50 Creative Awards - an art competition open nationwide for talented fine art students. His series of winning works entitled "SPACE" explores a concept that is simultaneously simple and complex. What is space? If the space is twisting, can we generate a black hole? Is space living? Is space consciously moving?

Satellite Voice: Can you tell us how you transformed your inspiration to this real installation?
Gao Ruyun: It was all from a simple movement. I thought that my installation should be moveable, I had a rational idea that it would be a linear movement so that I could try to notice something that I never paid attention to before. I evolved this series and it became a collection.

SV: I noticed that your installation requires a good knowledge of technology. Are these works all created by yourself?
Gao Ruyun: Yes, all of the works are done by myself, and the technology is simple. I have a general idea of the technology I want to use and I will ask the technical staff for recommendations. If it was too complex I would have changed by plan.

SV: There's more and more technology going into art, what are your thoughts about this?
Gao Ruyun: I think that technology and skill are both important, the skill of painting is also a technique. Therefore, we should have a macroscopic view on technology. Sometimes people will say that technology hindered the expression of their art. However, I think that different technical details reflect different individual specialties.

SV: Do you think the meaning of art is more important than the visual feeling?
Gao Ruyun: I think the importance is the viewer's feelings.

SV: What inspires you?
Gao Ruyun: I like the sincere artist. And I've been reading a lot of Muxi’s books recently.

SV: Where inspires your ideas in Shanghai?
Gao Ruyun: Anywhere, anytime.

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