If you follow my instagram I am sure you would have noticed that I went to Ju Ming's exhibition at the HK Museum of Art this week. I am sure you would have seem some of his work somewhere, especially the most famous Taichi series. Like me, I have seen some of his work but had not seen all of the work and would like to know more of his background and his styles.
If you are in HK, do get a chance to go to the museum which I believe would still be showing till June 2014. On the path to the museum just next to the harbour pier, you could see some of his works on the ground.
Through his work you can see how he use these carving and human figures to depict political views, the relationship between people through sculptures of people queueing, sitting and dancing. Different to the Taichi series, you may see the artist has used different mediums like foam core, metals and wood to depict human life creatures.
One of the series that touched me the most is the theme "The Carefree World", it just show figures in cages, like a marriage couple and prisoners, it just express a serious view on the restrictions in our space, where one cannot do its own will.....
There is a quote on one of the walls, "hell is within the living world, but the living world also has a paradise. Which way would you go? It's all decided by you." It really hit me, I mean is really a simple message but the meaning it carries is very deep and it really makes you reflect on your decision in the past and what can you do in the future. With the message at heart while producing these meaningful art, this is the reason why art is always so admirable, it makes the reader to think and reflect. I love art. Do you?
Quoting from Ju Ming, "mankind is at the same time most smart and most foolish, the kindest and the evilest; the most misearble and the most joyful. The choice of being smart, foolish, kind orevil could be made in a split of a second. This is what made the world of humans"
Ju Ming's art carries a strong message in human nature and it teaches us to appreciate through his artistry in the sculptures.
My personal favourite is the one with three men flying in parachutes, with its yellow uniform it is like jumping for freedom. This was situated right outside the entrace of the museum, and I happen to see it when I finished the exhibition and walking out, it was a good conclusion, a very cheerful sight!