APNEA, Berlin by PEJAC

carefully arranged visual spectacle in old factory

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2021年10月底,艺术家Pejac在柏林的一个旧火车制造基地中举办了为期十天的独特展览——“呼吸暂停(APNEA)”作为Pejac的第四次个展,“呼吸暂停”见证了这位西班牙艺术家的更高水平。展览最终大获成功,吸引了来自世界各地的众多人士,在开幕当晚门票便销售一空。

▼视频导览,video ©PEJAC

At the tail end of October, a former train manufacturing site in Berlin was home to a unique ten-day exhibition ‘APNEA’. It was Pejac’s fourth self-produced solo show that saw the Spanish artist push his exposition practice to a new level. With large numbers of people from different corners of the globe in attendance, especially on the opening night, APNEA was sold out and ended up being an all-round success.

▼展馆,exhibition site ©PEJAC

▼展览概况,overview of the exhibition ©PEJAC

Pejac在八个不同的房间和空间中展出了四十多件形状和大小各异的新作品。其中最小的展品是一个卷笔刀,内部绘制有史前洞穴壁画的图像,需要通过放大镜观看。与之相对,最大的装置是一艘正在沉没的巨型纸船,上方盘旋的折纸海鸥仿佛在捕食冲到海里的货物。

Having at his disposal eight different rooms and spaces, Pejac put on display over forty new artworks that literally came in all shapes and sizes. The smallest object that was part of APNEA, was a pencil sharpener containing the image of a prehistoric cave painting that could be observed only through a magnifying lens. By contrast, the largest installation on show was an enormous half-sunk paper boat with origami seagulls circling above, preying on cargo washed overboard.

▼最大的展品,海鸥与沉船,the largest installation, half-sunk paper boat and seagulls ©PEJAC

▼细部,details ©PEJAC

▼最小的展品,绘有史前壁画的卷笔刀
the smallest installation, a pencil sharpener containing the image of a prehistoric cave painting ©PEJAC

虽然墙上的大多数作品都采用不饱和色调,但以五彩纸屑重现的乔治·修拉名作《大碗岛星期天的下午》仍带给人“色彩爆炸”的巨大的冲击。

While most works on the walls featured desaturated tones, the astonishing rendition on the floor of Georges Seurat’s La Grande Jatte made up of confetti and wrapped sweets could not be described as anything but an explosion of colour.

▼以五彩纸屑重现的《大碗岛星期天的下午》
La Grande Jatte made up of confetti and wrapped sweets ©PEJAC

柏林寒冷的气温也无法阻挡人们观看展览的热情。这座昔日工厂本身就宛如一个想象的世界,参观者一进入便会沉浸在精心布置的视觉奇观中。但与此同时,很多作品又毫不犹豫地指向了现实世界中两个最紧迫的问题:环境污染和气候变化。“如果现在不采取行动,人类将陷入更大的困境。”“呼吸暂停”的主题也恰好契合了COP26格拉斯哥联合国气候变化会议的议题。Pejac以自己的艺术手法表达了对环境问题的关注,拉长的垃圾袋经过精心布置,构成了海浪冲击岸边的图景。

Chilly temperatures in German capital didn’t discourage anyone from going out to attend APNEA. Once inside the erstwhile factory visitors plunged right into the carefully arranged visual spectacle that could be considered an imaginary world in its own right. And yet, many of the works alluded unambiguously to two of the most pressing real-world problems: environmental pollution and climate change. Unless we act now, we’re in even greater trouble, activists proclaimed at COP26 – the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow which rather fittingly coincided with APNEA. For his part and in his own artistic way, Pejac seemed to be saying the exact same thing, notably through elaborate and elongated accumulations of plastic waste that evoked sea waves breaking onto a beach.

▼塑料海滩,plastic waste evoking sea waves ©PEJAC

▼展品细部,details ©PEJAC

此外,Pejac还以不可思议的方式对印象派杰作进行了二次创作,画面中旋转的黑洞吞噬着四周的色彩。

His uncanny remakes of several impressionist masterpieces in which swirling black holes suck up all that is depicted were another case in point.

▼对印象派杰作的二次创作,remaking of impressionist masterpieces ©PEJAC

▼以环保为主题的创作,works focus on environmental issues ©PEJAC

出于对扭转与丰富细节的热爱,Pejac的作品中通常展现出不同层次的复杂性,这也引起了观众间热烈的思想交流,他们好奇自己究竟在凝视着什么。展会期间发布的限量版印刷品“The Boss”便引起了强烈反响,作品售出后,部分收益被捐赠给了德国非政府组织Sea-Watch

With his love for twists and turns and intricate details, Pejac typically endowed his art with different layers of complexity. This gave rise to animated exchanges of thoughts among viewers who at times were wondering what exactly it was they were gazing upon. This certainly applied to ‘The Boss’, a limited edition print of which was released on the occasion of the show. Proceeds generated through the sale of lottery tickets for the purchase of this highly sought-after limited edition was donated in part to the German NGO Sea-Watch.

▼Pejac作品的复杂性,different layers of complexity in Pejac’s works ©PEJAC

随着“呼吸暂停”逐渐淡出参观者的记忆,柏林正慢慢地“恢复气息”,但Pejac在城市中的另一个装置“无处停留”仍在对现实发出警告。圣十字教堂顶部的难民儿童雕塑安装于10月中旬,并一直展出到了2021年的最后一天。装置旨在引起人们对非政府组织Sea-Watch和难民问题的关注。

Now that APNEA has dissolved into the memories of those who visited, Berlin is slowly regaining its breath. However, courtesy of Pejac, in one particular spot in town reality is still somewhat turned on its head. The sculpture of a refugee kid on the very top of the Holy Cross Church – an installation put in place mid-October to help raise awareness of both the vital work of Sea-Watch and the fate of refugees – will remain in place until the final day of the year.

▼展览现场,exhibition scene ©PEJAC

▼其他展品,more artworks ©PEJAC

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