Ming Mu’s Artist Statement

Like all of us, I (we) have more or less 15 personalities.
Okay, let’s say more.

We are currently studying painting and drawing (Concordia University),
but we (like you) come from different backgrounds.
…It just develops various points of view,
though we still have just one pair of eyes (it’s a pity).
Therefore, we are very interested to see throughout yours,
to get under your skin, and feel your heartbeat.

We agree with theories stating that art takes part in life :
we (all of us) are multidisciplinary, and thus,
we are as much eclectic and schizoid as our lives. And so is our “style”.
Hence, we believe that one artist does not equal just one style.

…We love abstraction, figuration, performance art, installations, and so on.
We love creation,
from the inspiration to this magic moment where (good and bad) things are happening.
And we don’t like. We love.

…We are a joyful mess,
using a bamboo brush to paint Geishas on the top of acrylic dripping layers,
or turning ourselves into a canvas (in a white dress waiting to be soaked with life’s colors).
…And sometimes, we even go for traditional art!

Now tell us about you, that’s what we want to know.

MingMing

July 2010: Dripping Perfo at M120 (Photos from Jack Zhang)

On July 18th,
my friend Konstantin Bayer organized a one-day art event
on the site of “M120″ which was an art galleries spot that got demolished this summer.
(Konstantin is an installation artist (and sculptor) from Berlin
who responds a lot to the memories of objects, houses, etc,
therefore the choice of the “diffusion site” was just perfect.)
…Our “one-day art-land” looked like one of these Kurt Schwitters’s “Mertz Construction”.

We were 30 artists presenting our works
-framed, to make a visual clash with that “trashy site”-
and it was such a big deal to hang our stuff up
on the few concrete walls that were still there…

Most of us also did a performance, from electronic noise to 3D projections, dance, etc.
I did one too.
And I showed nine works,
my artist statement was “one artist does not equal one style” (see previous post).

I invited my friend Camille Nicolau
(specialized in marquetry and design, she also paints)
to participate to my “Human Drips Performance” :
I did it before in one of the photo studios in Concordia:
my friend and schoolmate Didier Bellemare took pictures that time,
it was a wonderful collaboration.

So it was all new for me to drag somebody in my delirium to “become a painting”
(we had to be more organized, sync at least just a little, for harmony’s sake).

Preparation of the color mixes: 30 minutes.

I was quite nervous to do it in front of 80 people.
The viewers responded real nicely to our piece,
and before we started offering glasses of paint
(like we usually offer glasses of wine in an art opening),
they begun to “serve themselves” and throw mixed colors at us just like we planed.
The performance lasted 30 minutes, we finished completely soaked,
and washed like we could
-improvising some street-clothed-showering from the tap water of the site
(every old area in China includes a sink in the street, no water in the houses).


“Homage to Graph Street Art”
“Birth in Paint” Offering glasses of paint to the people.
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That day was a very long one,
my performance “stage” was a pit when I arrived on the site in the morning,
it was 45 degrees outside, we fried under the sun,
I stayed there for 14 hours, it was simply delicious.


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Very special thanks to my friend Jack Zhang [YuFan] (张予帆)
for taking pictures, saving the day a thousand times, etc.
By the way this guy is a “News Fixer” (journalist) daring to [wisely] analyze his country,
which is kinda risky here, his blog is called “Inside the Great Firewall”, have a look :
http://www.insidegfw.com/ .

Geishaz: My Edo Trip (Sample)

“Edo Geishas” with a contemporary “joyfully messy dripping background”…

I make my own combination with pieces of ancient art… but I always change it a lot…
-I never paint the eyes the way they are because they look mean;
-I never paint the nose the way it is (ugly black nostrils);
-I never paint the mouth the way it is because it looks…. disgraceful;
-I mostly don’t keep the “bubble style” of the fingers;
-I change every color, create another kimono, change the hair, etc.

So this is a sample of my “Edo Trip Series”.

Blue Fish Geisha:

Blue Fish Geisha

2010
Size: 31.4″ X 23.64″
(80 cm X 60 cm)
Medium: Acrylic on canvas.
Ming, where is your piece now? In Shanghai, China.
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You Have a New Message
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You Have a New Message

2010
Size: 27.55″ X 35.42″
(70cm X 90 cm)
Medium: Acrylic on canvas.
Ming, where is your piece now? In Shanghai, China.

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Mandarin Cherry Blast :


Mandarin Cherry Blast

2008
Size: 31.4″ X 23.64″
(80 cm X 60 cm)
Medium: Acrylic on canvas.
Ming, where is your piece now? In Vichy, France.

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Red Moon Waves :


Red Moon Waves

2008
Size: 24″ X 36″
(60,96 cm X 91,44 cm)
Medium: Acrylic on canvas.
Ming, where is your piece now? In Montreal, Canada.

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Drawings (Samples)

Here a a few of my drawings.
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Speaking Mandarin
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Speaking Mandarin II
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Tang Bo
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Cai Rang
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Chess Mates
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Small Streets
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Ombrella Dripping Self Portrait
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Atomic Heart 1
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Vanity
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Soft Figure